Did you know you can kill procrastination with kindness? It all starts with being able to forgive yourself.
We all procrastinate. Sometimes it hurts us, and can even be harmful to those we love when we put off important life events that affect other people.
It’s not surprising, then, that most of us feel some level of guilt for putting off important tasks. The problem, though, is that this guilt begets more procrastination!
Dr. Michael Wohl, director of the Betterment Lab at Carleton University in Ontario, Canada, has found that self-forgiveness can actually act as a cure for procrastination.
Wohl and his research team followed the progress of 134 undergrads as the students progressed through several rounds of mid-term exams, finding that those who were better able to forgive themselves for previous procrastination were better able to avoid it in the future.
“Forgiveness allows the individual to move past maladaptive behavior and focus on the upcoming examination,” Wohl’s study surmises. By not focusing on past mistakes, the students were better able to constructively approach their work the next time.
You can do the same, so be kind to yourself!