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


7, 14, 21 and 28 March & 4 april 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.

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Samia el Kaddouri is a coach, psychologist and entrepreneur who has a great passion for personal development and inspiring others in reaching their full potential. Her openminded and empathic attitude create a safe space with room for vulnerability and authenticity, which she believes is the foundation for growth. Samia will give you tools and insights that help you develop your talents and skills to improve yourself on a professional and personal level.

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