This is something that my roommate and I joke about, how getting stuff done
now indicates that you have compassion for your future self. My roommate is a very compassionate person I could use some work on it myself.
Anyway, this isn’t a new article, but I thought it might give some new perspective to some forms of avolition.
Fuschia M. Sirois of Bishop’s University in Canada examined whether self-compassion—kindness and understanding toward one’s self in response to pain or failure—could be related to procrastination and the stress and suffering that procrastination causes.
The study, recently published in Self and Identity, asked more than 750 participants to complete a questionnaire measuring levels of self-compassion and its components: extending kindness toward oneself in response to a mistake rather than judging oneself harshly, recognizing that one shares the struggles with procrastination with many other people rather than feeling isolated or the only one, seeing clearly the big picture about one’s predicament rather than over-identifying with negative self-evaluations. The participants also reported their levels of procrastination and stress.
Sirois found that people prone to procrastination had lower levels of self-compassion and higher levels of stress. Further analysis revealed that procrastination might increase levels of stress—particularly among people low in self-compassion.
In fact, her results suggest that self-compassion may play an important role in explaining why procrastination can generate so much stress for people: “Negative self-judgments and feeling isolated by one’s procrastinating can be a stressful experience,” she writes, “that compromises the well-being of those who chronically procrastinate.”
I tend to beat myself up over stuff, and I also procrastinate, but had never really linked the two. Interesting.
Im posting this here because i don’t know where else to put it lol. But yes when im kinder to myself i work better. Its all about set and setting