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Procrastination Scale For student populations

Procrastination Scale (Lay‚ 1986)  - For student populations
Instructions:

People may use the following statements to describe themselves. For each statement‚ decide whether the statement is unch‎aracteristic or ch‎aracteristic of you using the following 5 point scale. Note that the 3 on the scale is Neutral – the statement is neither ch‎aracteristic nor unch‎aracteristic of you. In the box to the right of each statement‚ fill in the number on the 5 point scale that best describes you.

Extremely Moderately          Neutral           Moderately           Extremely

Unch‎aracteristic  Unch‎aracteristic                             ch‎aracteristic      ch‎aracteristic

1                          2                        3                         4                          5

1.

I often find myself performing tasks that I had intended to do days before.

2.*

I do not do assignments until just before they are to be handed in.

3.*

When I am finished with a library book‚ I return it right away regardless of the date it is due.

4.

When it is time to get up in the morning‚ I most often get right out of bed.

5.

A letter may sit for days after I write it before mailing it.

6.

I generally return phone calls promptly.

7.

Even with jobs that require little else except sitting down and doing them‚ I find they seldom get done for days.

8.

I usually make decisions as soon as possible.

9.

I generally delay before starting on work I have to do.

10.*

I usually have to rush to complete a task on time.

11.

When preparing to go out‚ I am seldom caught ha‎ving to do something at the last minute.

12.

In preparing for some deadline‚ I often waste time by doing other things.

13.*

I prefer to leave early for an appointment.

14.*

I usually start an assignment shortly after it is assigned.

15.

I often have a task finished sooner than necessary.

16.

I always seem to end up shopping for birthday or Christmas gifts at the last minute.

17.

I usually buy even an essential item at the last minute.

18.

I usually accomplish all the things I plan to do in a day.

19.

I am continually saying AI=ll do it tomorrow@.

20.

I usually take care of all the tasks I have to do before I settle down and relax for the evening.

Note: Reversed-keyed items: 3‚4‚6‚8‚11‚13‚14‚15‚18‚20

Note: * indicates items that differ from student to non-student forms

References

Lay‚ C. (1986). At last‚ my research article on procrastination. Journal of Research in Personality20‚ 474-495.

Ronald Okada
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Health
York University
Toronto‚ Ontario
Canada M3J 1P

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