The dark side: 'uncomfortable' motivational task characteristics affecting procrastination

There clearly exist behavioral impediments to starting and completing tasks, both for students (Ackerman and Gross 2005) and for faculty (Ackerman and Gross 2006). Ackerman and Gross (2005) found that, for students, task factors such as interest, rewards, clarity of instructions, and interdependence of needing to complete one part of an assignment before starting another all influenced whether they procrastinated.