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Understanding procrastination

February 4, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Want to understand procrastination?  U=EV/ID is the formula according to Prof Piers Steel.  Urmee Khan brings this to our attention in an online British Telegraph article.

The ‘U’ stands for utility, or the desire to complete a given task. It is equal to the product of E, the expectation of success, and V the value of completion, divided by the product of I, the immediacy of the task, and D, the personal sensitivity to delay.

I don’t know how you would ever begin to measure those variables but it is interesting to consider the inter-relationships.

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