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Completed research project

Title / Titel How to beat procrastination: The role of goal focus
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Summary / Zusammenfassung Procrastination is defined as the inability to initiate or complete a task or pursue a goal to the point of discomfort. In this project, we investigate the influence of goal focus, i.e., a stronger focus on the means (process focus) versus the outcome (outcome focus) of goal pursuit, on procrastination. We developed a dynamic model of procrastination and goal focus that hypothesizes that a stronger focus on the means is related with lower procrastination. This should especially be the case when fear of failure is high. In contrast, when the means of goal pursuit are perceived as highly aversive (task aversiveness), an outcome focus should be more beneficial to reduce procrastination. We address these questions in a series of longitudinal and cross-sectional studies in the academic.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe Procrastination, goal focus, self-regulation, fear of failure, task aversiveness
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund (Project Leader)
Dipl.-Psych. Kathrin Krause
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career), SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
Teilprojekt des SNF-Projects “Process and outcome focus – The role of age” (100014-116528; PI: Alexandra M. Freund)
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Sep 2009 to Sep 2013