How to deal with procrastination? - for PhD's

You feel stressed when meeting with your supervisors.
You are stressing more about a deadline instead of actually working towards it.
Your ungoing stream of thoughts often keeps you awake.
You don’t really listen to other people, as you are lost in your thoughts.
You love what you do, but don’t actually enjoy it.

Sounds familiar? You might be a procrastinator. Read on and enrol for the course!

Procrastination vs. thinking

Our brain believes that thinking about stuff helps us to find solutions and control the things around us. It helps us to take a step back, analyze what is happening and choose the best way to act.  Although that is true, thinking might switch to procrastination. Procrastionation is defined as the action of delaying or postponing something. The amount of thinking leads up to over-worrying and thus not taking action, which then results in more worries.

While most academics value their rational approach to things, procrastination often leads to an emotional response. You start to feel unhappy, unsatisfied, scared or insecure as a result of this ‘rational’ approach. Many people find it difficult to deal well with this tangle of emotions.

Procrastination won’t change over time. It needs directed attention and action. In this course you learn how to deal with procrastination.

The course

This course helps you to look at your thoughts and actions from a helicopter-view, to understand where it is helpful what you do and where you benefit from changing what you do.

We’ll talk about other ways to deal with insecurities and fears, so you can stress less about things such as deadlines or meetings with your supervisor and direct that energy towards action.

Practical information


13, 20, 27, November and 4, 11 December 2023



Duration:5 x 2 hours 
Location:Online / Microsoft Teams
Costs:Free of charge
Target group:PhD's
Other:You will receive a certificate after a participation of at least 80%.

The training consists of 5 sessions of 2 hours. Every session highlights a part of the issue and leads up to versatile approach in session 5 to deal with procrastination.

About the trainer Susanna Gerritse

Susanna Gerritse is a curious one. She studied psychology, did a PhD in statistics, still teaches and love to photograph (birds and latin parties). She wants to understand the people and the world around her, so she observes, analyzes and reads a variety of topics. Susanne knows the life of an academic, she knows the process of doing a PhD and how it (can) influence(s) your (mental) health. Regarding her experience and knowledge she is definitely able to help you with your search. 

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