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The Procrastination Research Group (PRG) began in 1995 when Dr. Pychyl completed his own doctoral work related to personal projects and subjective well being (see Pychyl & Little, 1998 in the Research Bibliography). In his research interviews, a consistent theme emerged in which participants described the difficulty they were having with procrastination on their personal projects and how this procrastination had a negative impact on their well being. This was the beginning of a new focus for Dr. Pychyl and his students at Carleton University as they explored how procrastination, as a breakdown in volitional action, affects our lives.

The PRG is primarily a learning group in that the research conducted is largely work that students complete for their theses at the graduate and undergraduate level. In a very real sense, research is learning in our group, and this Web site celebrates this learning while disseminating interesting information throughout the world.

As you will see when you browse through the site, what began as an university learning group has become an international research site. Our site now integrates research from around the world through collaboration with researchers in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and the Middle East (to name the locations of some of the most frequent contributors). You can learn more about these international collaborations through our biannual "Counseling Academic Procrastinators" conference and through the Research Bibliography

Finally, it is important to note that the Web site is in constant development as our research continues. Our most recent project focuses specifically on how we might offer a useful resource for individuals who are concerned about their own procrastination. We hope that you will provide us feedback as we design this new site (see the STOP sign on our home page) and that you will provide comments to us as you use this site for your own research.

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