Forgiveness, the Cure to Procrastination?

Let’s face it, many of us procrastinate. Some of us do it on purpose to get a push to do work we don’t want to do, and others don’t know why, but it just seems they can’t help themselves when it comes to procrastination. However, there are consequences for consistent procrastination. A big one being stress, and it is commonly known that consent exposure to stress is not good for your health.

However, some psychology researchers say they believe they have found the solution to reducing procrastination; forgiveness.

In a 2010 study conducted by Michael Wohl, Timothy Pychyl, and Shannon Bennett, researchers investigated the association between forgiveness of a past procrastination of a task and the future procrastination of the same task (Wohl, Pychyl, & Bennett, 2010). In their study, they had 119 first-year college students who participated. After their midterm, half of the college students were told to forgive themselves for their procrastination. The results of the study showed that of the students who forgave themselves for procrastinating on the first midterm, their procrastination for their subsequent examination was reduced.

So there you have it! You can try this method to see if it works for you, and to stop yourself from getting a lode of for your next assignment.



Wohl, M. J. A., Pychyl, T. A., & Bennett, S. H. (2010). I forgive myself, now i can study: How self-forgiveness for procrastinating can reduce future procrastination. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(7), 803-808.

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