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  • Commitment in advance, increased chance of completion. Scientific study.


    I hope someone may be able to help me with a question.

    I read GTD and Making it all work a while back, excellent books with some truly great thinking.

    I believe it was David Allen that quotes some research done with students over the Christmas break and their increased tendency to complete if they made a commitment ahead of time to the paper that the study was based around.

    I am trying to find the writing on this / the original study as it' something that I want to look at in more detail.

    I haven't been able to find it in the books and I am wondering if actually it wasn't David Allen that was writing about this.

    if anyone can shed any light on this I would be most grateful.

    Many thanks,

  • #2
    Maybe from Willpower: Rediscovering Our Greatest Strength by Baumeister & Tierney

    "researchers monitored college students taking part in a program to improve their skills at studying."
    ..." the students were randomly assigned among three planning conditions. One group was instructed to make daily plans for what, where, and when to study. Another made similar plans, only month by month instead of day by day. And a third group, the controls, did not make plans."
    ..."The monthly planning group did the best, in terms of improvements in study habits and attitudes."

    Hope this helps
    Last edited by PaulK; 04-15-2012, 12:46 PM. Reason: Clarified quote


    • #3

      Thanks for that.

      That wasn't actually the study, it was one where the students had to commit to a specific time to work on a paper over the Xmas holidays.

      however, sounds like that might be worth a look anyway.

      I'll check it out, thanks!

      If anyone else has any idea if this is in either of the books please chime in.

      I am really at a loss here!