precrastination

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Modelled after procrastination, with the prefix pre-.

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precrastination

  1. (psychology) The completion of a task too quickly or too early, when taking more time would result in a better outcome.
    • 2017, David A. Rosenbaum, Knowing Hands: The Cognitive Psychology of Manual Control, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 234:
      Lanyun Gong and Cory Potts, the two students with whom I did this work, and I conducted a number of experiments to check our precrastination interpretation.
    • 2017, Wasif Haq, Interpreting Procrastination; Key to Success, Happiness and Wellness[1], Lulu Press, Inc, →ISBN, page 81:
      It is foreseeable that if we do not enjoy the process involved in completing a task, we will choose procrastination or precrastination to minimize the time we need to spend to do a task.
    • 2018, Rachel VonderHaar, “Pre-Crastination Effects in a Prospective Memory Task”, in Illinois State University Research Symposium, volume 155:
      The precrastination effect is the finding that individuals complete actions earlier to "get it out of the way" (Rosenbaum, Gong, & Potts, 2014). In the current study, we tested precrastination with a prospective memory (PM) paradigm to determine if this phenomenon generalizes to PM tasks that can be completed at a time chosen by the participant.

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  • 2017, David A. Rosenbaum, Knowing Hands: The Cognitive Psychology of Manual Control, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 234:
    My colleagues and I called this tendency “precrastination.” The term was meant to connote the opposite of procrastination, the tendency to put off until later what you can do right away. Pre-crastination is the tendency to do too soon what might be better done later.