Like many people, I've always had a problem with procrastination. I've always used the excuse that it is genetic since my Mother is a bad about procrastinating and is also a pack rat and I am guilty of both vices. Now comes an article from the Harvard Business Review about some research from two business professors that may help with procrastination and improve the final results of a project as well.
The professors conducted a study where three groups of workers were given a project to complete. One group just received a final deadline. Another group was given a set of interim deadlines at weekly intervals. The final group was allowed to set up their own interim deadlines. So what do you think the results were? The single deadline group was 12 days late and their results were the worst. The weekly interim deadlines groups was just .5 days late and had the best results. The third group was in between. So if your like me or have employees who procrastinate, set of series of deadlines for best results. I also ran across this series of quotations about procrastination that are really amusing and quite accurate.