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Oliver J. Kaftan currently works at the Department of Psychology, University of Zurich. Oliver does research in Motivational and Developmental Psychology.
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This 8‐week longitudinal experience sampling study with N = 346 participants (n = 242 completers) of a high‐intensity interval training program explored how goal focus (i.e., a focus on the process vs. outcome of goal pursuit) is related to procrastination and successful goal pursuit. Specifically, the study investigated the association between goa...
Procrastination is a highly common self-regulation failure that has been studied mainly in the educational context, but has been largely neglected in life-span psychology. Adopting a life-span motivational perspective, we focus on adult development and maintain that, historically seen, adults nowadays have to take on a more important and active rol...
This 14-week longitudinal study with weekly real-time reports investigated if goal focus (i.e., a focus on the process vs. the outcome of goal pursuit) is associated with students’ ( N = 105) perceptions of the activities in which they were engaged while procrastinating ( alternative activities ). We compared perceptions of the alternative activiti...
Goals are considered by some theories as essential for subjective well-being (i.e., telic theories, see Diener, 1984). In fact, achieving goals is beneficial for subjective well-being. However, just holding goals does not bring about goal achievement. Therefore, this chapter highlights the importance of goal pursuit (autotelic theories) in addition...