Lecture #14: 
Procrastination and GRIT
by Darcy A. Santor 

The investigation of GRIT – the ability to persist as something even when you are tired, bored and out of your comfort zone, was initiated by Dr. Angela Duckworth while working as a math teacher in elementary school.  She noticed that some kids just kept going, even when things got really, really difficult, and some did not.

Research has shown that GRIT predicts success in many areas of life, including school, and that the amount of GRIT you possess can increase as you grow older.  In this lecture, you will learn about GRIT, what it is and how to develop it.

Most people put things off from time to time.  Those who procrastinate repeatedly and chronically suffer, at work and in their relationships. Research shows that the degree to which you procrastinate is relatively stable across your life span, but there are things that you can do to keep it from undermining your performance at work and at school. 

In this lecture, you will learn about two different types of procrastination, namely active and passive, and a number of strategies to reduce the degree to which you put things off.  Increasing your GRIT and reducing your procrastination can improve your grades and boost your level of confidence. 

Resources:  Please download the worksheet and complete the surveys after the lecture.

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