Author :  Tamkeen Saleem1, Maria Bashir2, Javeria Amin3, Rehana Noor4


Background: Procrastination is a wide spread and deleterious form of self-regulatory failure that can have an impact on major areas of a person’s life. A large number of research studies have been carried out internationally on procrastination, but in Pakistan they are negligible. As a very limited work is published on this topic, this area is carefully chosen as a research area in order to open new avenues for future research work. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship of self-regulation with procrastination.

Materials and Methods: A sample of 200 students (100 males and100 females) from the universities of Islamabad [International Islamic University (IIUI), Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology University (FAST) and National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)], Pakistan was used for the study. Participants’ age ranged from 18 to 28 years with a mean age of 22 years. Each participant was assessed using psychometrically valid measures General Procrastination Scale (Lay, 1986) and Self-Regulation Questionnaire (Carey, 2004).

Result: The results were analyzed using SPSS 21. Regression Analysis was used to investigate procrastination as predictor of self regulation failure. Findings showed that Procrastination significantly predicted self-regulation failure. T-test revealed that male students tend to procrastinate more than female students, while there were no gender differences on self regulation.

Conclusion: Research findings illustrate the importance of enhancing self-regulation to combat procrastination.

Keywords: Procrastination, self-regulation, university students