First on the List: Effectiveness at Self-Regulation and Prioritizing Difficult Exercise Goal Pursuit


Journal Article

© 2014 Taylor & Francis. Identifying and understanding the goal pursuit strategies that distinguish effective self-regulators from less-effective self-regulators are important for elucidating how individuals achieve their goals. We suggest that the timing of plans for difficult goal pursuits is one differentiation. A pilot study shows that effective self-regulators tend to believe they are best suited to pursue difficult goals earlier in the day, and two studies provide evidence that effective and less-effective self-regulators differ in the timing of their plans for difficult goal pursuits. Results indicate that when exercising is perceived as difficult goal pursuit, effective self-regulators prioritize that difficult goal pursuit by planning to exercise earlier in the day whereas less-effective self-regulators plan exercise for later in the day.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Delose, JE; vanDellen, MR; Hoyle, RH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 271 - 289

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-8876

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1529-8868

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15298868.2014.983442

Citation Source

  • Scopus