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Procrastination: Building Stress Tolerance Through Attitude


 “The best way out is always through”

Robert Frost

“The best way out is always through” is so true this time of year in post secondary programs. Procrastination is a common strategy to deal with feeling overwhelmed with all your academic obligations. Procrastination is a wonderful tool…in the short term. You get to feel a temporary sense of relief by putting it out of mind. The problem is that it just gets worse…way worse! Generally, it will lead you down a path that you cannot recover from, or at least you “feel” like you can’t recover from. Really, the best way “through” is to make a plan to face starting and finishing assignments, studying for midterms and preparing for group projects. When you “feel” like avoiding, “think” about what is the best route to feeling less overwhelmed. That path would be facing it, get moving and work through your academic To-Do list one day at a time (after you have created your semester plan). Remember there are people at the college who want to help you. Talk to your professors, meet with a Counsellor, book an appointment with a Peer Tutor or create a supportive study group.


…think about what you are avoiding. Why are you avoiding it? Are you afraid to get started? Afraid that you will not be able to get it done? Try using the Nike slogan…Just Do It! If you are still having difficulty making a plan and dealing with procrastination, make an appointment with one of the Mohawk Counsellors for assistance. Call 905-575-2211 to start walking through feeling overwhelmed and taking charge of your academic life.


Check out the eLearn module: Stress Tolerance for more strategies!

Here is a wonderful story to help build a stress tolerant attitude: Are you a carrot, egg or coffee bean?

Remember to sign up for the SuccessCoaching@Mohawk College eLearn modules through Self Registration. I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Stress Tolerance. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of you” journey!

I would love to hear any feedback, questions or comments!

Dr. Heather Drummond, Ed.D. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach * Counsellor * Professor  @ Mohawk College

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