Procrastination Scale (Lay‚ 1986)
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I often find myself performing tasks that I had intended to do days before.
I often miss concerts‚ sporting events‚ or the like because I don’t around to buying tickets on time.
When planning a party‚ I make the necessary arrangements well in advance.
When it is time to get up in the morning‚ I most often get right out of bed.
A letter may sit for days after I write it before mailing it.
I generally return phone calls promptly.
Even with jobs that require little else except sitting down and doing them‚ I find they seldom get done for days.
I usually make decisions as soon as possible.
I generally delay before starting on work I have to do.
When travelling‚ I usually have to rush in preparing to arrive at the airport or station at the appropriate time.
When preparing to go out‚ I am seldom caught having to do something at the last minute.
In preparing for some deadline‚ I often waste time by doing other things.
If a bill for a small amount comes‚ I pay it right away.
I usually return an RVSP request very shortly after receiving the invitation.
I often have a task finished sooner than necessary.
I always seem to end up shopping for birthday or Christmas gifts at the last minute.
I usually buy even an essential item at the last minute.
I usually accomplish all the things I plan to do in a day.
I am continually saying AI=ll do it [email protected]
I usually take care of all the tasks I have to do before I settle down and relax for the evening.
Lay‚ C. (1986). At last‚ my research article on procrastination. Journal of Research in Personality‚ 20‚ 474-495.
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Health
Canada M3J 1P