My name is Tiffany, and I can proudly say that I have endured all of the evils of procrastination throughout my 16 years of life. As a high school junior, I’ve been able to taste all of the flavors of The High School Experience: struggling to finish assignments on time, writing essays the night before the due date, getting 3 hours of sleep on school nights…been there, done that.
So how did I come up with the idea for this website?
Well, I first became interested in the topic of procrastination when I came to the stark realization that I am a very, very severe procrastinator. Then, I decided to do a science fair project on it with two of my friends, Abby and Carter.
In our project, we gave out a survey to random people in our school, and we found a significant correlation between the usage of social media, smart phones, etc. and increases in the severity of procrastination.
To counteract this tendency, in the second step of our experiment we initiated an intervention: we asked 20 moderate and severe procrastinators to download a phone usage tracking app to see if it could be effective at raising procrastination awareness.
While we had considerable success with reducing phone usage among the the participants in the behavioral trial with the use of the phone usage tracking app, many questions remained unanswered. Would phone usage be reduced over the long term or would users relapse? Did phone usage reduction cause a direct reduction in procrastination?
This website was created in part as a method to continue our research that we will present at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. More importantly though, we wanted to help people like us by creating an online community of teenage procrastinators who can motivate one another to stop procrastinating. We hope that you will join the Teens Against Procrastination family and learn how to say no to your inner procrastinator so you can use your precious time wisely.
Maybe, just maybe, you won’t procrastinate on that next essay.