This may be a bit personal but I feel it is a tiny piece much needed by more of us than we may think. I struggle with feeling great guilt over not spending time on the remaining projects I am working on anytime I sit down to focus on just the one.
I feel guilt because from every angle I am supposed to be there for someone or please them in some way; and I am realizing I can’t do it all. But I feel I should be able to…
That and a lot more guilt, and fear, even more so, has caused great delay on projects, books and other… But I try to remember that people who truly love me will support me & understand; the same is true for all of us seeking our dreams.
Let us not forget the most vital guilt problem for many, myself included…the guilt of having procrastinated already…
I post this as hope that not only myself but anyone else struggling with guilt procrastination will find the self love and dedication needed to go after their purpose in life…and not feel guilty about it.
Let this apply not only to students but all of us who are artists and creatives of all sort, as well anyone else who struggles with this…
Regarding the study:
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. Crucially, self-forgiveness wasn’t related to performance in the first set of exams but it did predict better performance in the second set.
‘Forgiveness allows the individual to move past maladaptive behaviour and focus on the upcoming examination without the burden of past acts to hinder studying,’ the researchers said. ‘By realising that procrastination was a transgression against the self and letting go of negative affect associated with the transgression via self-forgiveness, the student is able to constructively approach studying for the next exam.’
You can find the study in completion by clicking here.