We’ve all struggled with procrastination from time to time, and we usually beat ourselves up over it. Apparently, the cure to the problem is exactly the opposite: forgiveness.
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A study conducted by Michael J.A. Wohl at the Carleton University examined students who procrastinated and, specifically, whether or not they forgave themselves for it. Those who pardoned their procrastinating ways ended up better off:
The key finding was that students who’d forgiven themselves for their initial bout of procrastination subsequently showed less negative affect in the intermediate period between exams and were less likely to procrastinate before the second round of exams.
If you find yourself putting things off too much, don’t let it go to you. Absolve yourself of your productivity sins and move on. It looks like you’ll actually get something done.