What deadline length is best for avoiding procrastination and completing tasks?

Deadlines often help motivate people to perform tasks that they’ve been procrastinating over, but different deadline lengths may have different effects. For example, while increasing the deadline length gives a person more time to complete a task, it also means that the task could be postponed until later and possibly forgotten. A recent study in Economic Inquiry found that people often respond quickly to no deadline or a one-week deadline, while providing a one‐month deadline appears to give them permission to procrastinate.

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