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Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

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Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time. For more from Tim Urban, visit Wait But Why: http://www.waitbutwhy.com/ Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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amythaa (1 hour ago)
lmaoooo youtube deep diving is a real thing
Joshua Lagrimas (1 hour ago)
I wonder why I'm watching this right now and what parts of my brain did the decision, the fucking monkey or the Rational Decision Guy?
oof im online schooled, and i barely did any work all year. I looked up almost all of my answers in all my subjects. I told myself id scram to study as much as possible by the start of April for the SOL's in may... I THINK I HAVE LIKE 2 OR 3 WEEKS LEFT BEFORE THE TESTS AND I STILL HAVEN'T STUDIED. and im not gonna study even after writing this comment. i srsly need help.
I'm literally procrastinating as I watch this
JISHNU DASS (6 hours ago)
inside the mind of a master comedian
Alex Degenhardt (7 hours ago)
Just finished an all nighter after putting off a project for three weeks
shadowdance4666 (7 hours ago)
This guy has motivated me so much that I’m gonna go beat up some guys in online Risk and then take over the world. The real world Pinky
Kiana Maillet (8 hours ago)
I procrastinated watching this video so many times
Teresa herrera-sanchez (10 hours ago)
I am procrastinating while watching a video about procrastinating...should I watch some more?
dev j (10 hours ago)
Being a procrastinator is tough, the guilt is just to much
Anna D (12 hours ago)
oh my! This seems like my study habits.
Sofia Ibarra (13 hours ago)
The fact that he took the time to make that calendar like that dude spent at least a day in that. I can imagine him like “huh I should keep working in my ted talk” and then he went “ you know what would be a sick visual aid, a blank page with like a ton of boxes for every week in a humans life, huh let’s do the math and spend one day making that the most accurate as possible” which tbh it’s something I not only would do but also have done at some point bc why not
Sofia Ibarra (12 hours ago)
I also would like to point out that I have a dead line for two weeks for five projects and I have done like 3% of them and I decided “I can’t find motivation let’s look for videos on YT about motivation” and then at some point I was like “huh look it’s the video you have been meaning to watch for a while, let’s watch that. Oh and then we can scroll through the comments and write our own, we can make it as long as we want because the works going to still be there when this is over y'know”
Kate Funnekotter (13 hours ago)
Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk
En Ur (14 hours ago)
Have a deep issue with this :(, A lot of the issue is that I tell myself: I do not "waste time". From the time I taught myself to read I used to have 2-5+ encyclopædia volumes in my room. It typically started out like this: What does it say about submarines? Reading about submarines I got caught up in a lot of other things - what is a ballast tank? Who was Napier what is a natural algorithm … and so on. All good and well - but not when one have a set topic one should be working on. This have followed me trough school and into professional life. It is a pain. My Instant Gratification is satisfying curiosity - or the "need to know" - and it is very easy to tell myself "it is knowledge, so not that bad".
iKapitein Rotterdam (14 hours ago)
Great ted talk! If you liked this one from Tim Urban, you will definitely like this Ted Talk from Wesley dos Santos about a new skillset 'Tinkhustcularity': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRGWCl0gU8Q
Joana Deus (17 hours ago)
I'm watching this and thinking: I should go study, I've a exam to do... Well... I watched the full video and I'm still here :/
Lazari Heartfilia (18 hours ago)
We should do some work Nope
Ni Ko (18 hours ago)
Right now I'm procrastinating from doing homework
Rhea Oommen (18 hours ago)
Amazing. Never related to a talk more. I'm trying to make a feature film. I started writing the script in 2017, still not done. Gotta film it in two weeks in May. Help.
marshmellow king (19 hours ago)
This is your brain on procrastinating
Yeo SHAN Kai (20 hours ago)
I'm supposed to be doing my project... but im currently watching this very useful video
Rezelle Milan (21 hours ago)
Saw this recommendation 2weeks ago and i kept on not clicking because i am afarid of what he's going to say about my life 🙃🙃 but then, here he is. He it is.
k (22 hours ago)
One month is left for my master's thesis submission.
Einfach Vali (23 hours ago)
Writing your thesis be like
Jasmine Byrne (1 day ago)
me watching this video is a form of procrastination
I Don’t Even Know (1 day ago)
I think I’ve lost my panic monster
LuckyGhostNight1 (1 day ago)
I was about to do something productive, but then this showed up and here I am.
Jessi (1 day ago)
Who’s procrastinating right now by watching this video because I am
Ihasgaming (1 day ago)
This is my last YouTube video until I start studying, I promise. ;)
Mat - (1 day ago)
I saw it!, but I'll work on forgetting the monkey Tomorrow!
Cristian Espinoza (1 day ago)
I'll watch it later
SGSAMI (1 day ago)
i feel attacked if am being honest with you
Kosfinger (1 day ago)
I have exams in 2 weeks and I’m watching this.
i dont know why this is always a suggesting, im not waiting on the auto generator or any dipshit sitting behind they're fathers office desk terrorising my naked picture sites, or my piss poor social establishment in a small town ,
Jarod Baker (1 day ago)
here i am, watching this video, procrastinating
sarah raine (1 day ago)
im procrastinating by watching this...
Amanda Slocomb (1 day ago)
I am watching this while procrastinating lol
Badr Nbasser (1 day ago)
Am the biggest procrastinator in my class, but when my panic monster wake up just before final exams i make things done in a day or tow while my class mates takes a week or more than a week to get it nearly done, furthermore my grades are the highest in the whole class. It’s ok to be a procrastinator who know that he is able to do it when ever he want successfully.
Ollie Wilson (1 day ago)
I’m currently procrastinating by watching a video on why a procrastinator procrastinates
ᗷellaCoCo (1 day ago)
I’ve got 15 tests to do in a week. Get on my level
Nathaniel Hill (1 day ago)
I put this video in 'Watch Later'.
I procrastinated watching this video for so long, and it opened my mind
Abi Watson (1 day ago)
i should probs be revising for my GCSEs in less than a month :)
Vivienne Goldwall (1 day ago)
I'm supposed to do homework right now... oh, let's just watch some more videos
Michelle M (1 day ago)
My project was assigned in October and it’s due this weekend and funny enough it involved watching a ted talk so what better video than this 😂
Darcy Torpey (1 day ago)
im in this and i dont like it
uwu uwu (1 day ago)
if this ain't my brain
Dan Samarasinghe (2 days ago)
I watched this video earlier when I thought I was not a procrastinator and did not find it very enjoyable.But when there's only 3 days to an assignment and I'm here on youtube watching history and lore of game of thrones and finally stumble upon this video some how,all these light bulbs started going on in my head lol you bad monkey!
André Gomes (2 days ago)
My panic monster is fucking dead. RIP
S A M (2 days ago)
But I still need help, the video didn't me how to stop procrastinating. 😭
Satria 31 (2 days ago)
I watch this while i am procrastinating my work
Lollipop_real (2 days ago)
My procrastination is getting so bad. My monkey isn’t that afraid if the panic monster anymore and I—-
Austin Tollison (2 days ago)
who here is watching this instead of doing a paper due tomorrow that you have not started like me
Michelle Mc. (2 days ago)
Procrastinating as I watch a TED talk about procrastinators. Watching this to keep from editing the 400+ wedding photos I took a month ago. It’s a hobby, folks, and for good reason. My family would starve if that were my full time job, as I HATE the editing part of it. My full time job is nursing. Funny how the first set of people he mentioned who responded to his emails were nurses.🙄🤦🏼‍♀️😂 👩🏼‍⚕️
Andrew Martin (2 days ago)
If there was a cure for procrastination I’d totally take it... next week
Kayla Turner (2 days ago)
I have anxiety so my panic monster is constant but I’m also a procrastinator but my problem is my monkey isn’t afraid of my panic monster soooooooooooo I have a problem
beedub 69 (2 days ago)
2nd video I’ve seen. Love it
x Georgia x (2 days ago)
FartingNooby Unicorn (2 days ago)
One time, after some hours, I decided to actually do a school project I’ve been procrastinating on. When I went on my laptop, the internet started not working ~_~
Emy (2 days ago)
Who else is procrastinating by watching this?
Linnea Sampson (2 days ago)
Who else should be doing something more important right now?
Lila Kendall (2 days ago)
I should be studying for a test that's today but im watching this video irony
Diego Cordova (2 days ago)
I paused this video 3 times to check the fridge..
a shared account (2 days ago)
Only 41 seconds into this video... imma go and get back to it later in life. Idk.
Mica Williams (2 days ago)
I literally just procrastinated watching this
Madelyn Brown (2 days ago)
4:40 is absolute without a doubt me every day
Rick Bauer (2 days ago)
I've been meaning to watch this but I've been putting it off.
Paul Nixon (2 days ago)
This in my youtube spiral, is youtube trying to say something ?
Ace (2 days ago)
ThisBadMonkey TBM (2 days ago)
I didn't know there is a word which describes exactly how my brain is functioning...
devendra kubde (2 days ago)
8:41 / 14:03
Lorenzo Buenviaje (3 days ago)
My Monster and the Monkey like to play a game where they jerk the wheel back and forth while the Rational Decision Maker sits in the corner and cries.
ABA TBD (3 days ago)
I just realized that its time for me to PANIC
Rikutsu Hakumishi (3 days ago)
Master procrastinators put the "pro" in procrastination.
kristy lee (3 days ago)
me at school everyday
פלג אהרוני (3 days ago)
I wish there was a super like button just for this video!
Kassidy Taylor (3 days ago)
This is such a great ted talk like this guy described my procrastination exactly.
Dachshundlover (3 days ago)
I'm literally procrastinating right now by watching this video.
Caroline B. (3 days ago)
long-term procrastination panic monsters aka intense anxiety and 'what-ifs'
abstrater (3 days ago)
Surprisingly, I am watching this video because I am procrastinating.
Nirgun Kaur (3 days ago)
"A better feel for India" I AM DEADDDD
J T (3 days ago)
I am procrastinating while watching this
Jimmy (3 days ago)
anyone else watching this instead of doing homework and realizing this is literally them?
Valerie Dionne (3 days ago)
love that I'm watching this while procrastinating
Shreya Jain (3 days ago)
Procrastination isn’t always contained even when there is deadline. Sometimes the panic monster gets out of dormancy a little too late. Some other times the instant gratification monkey finds the courage to stand up to the panic monster for a while and when the reigns are finally in the hands of the rational decision maker, he is too damn flabbergasted to function properly.
what to do if you have the panic monster at the wheel?
Sarah Sanchez (3 days ago)
funny how I watched this whilst avoiding worksheets
April G (3 days ago)
He's my fucking spirit animal
Jacqueline Rodriguez (3 days ago)
Watching this as I have 2 assignments due in 30 mins and haven't even started on them.......
name surname (3 days ago)
tommorow i have end semester exam and i have not read a word
Mickey Malone (3 days ago)
No such thing as intrinsic "procrastinators", dumbest claim I've ever heard.
Jared Parchman (3 days ago)
Who else watching this while realizing they have more important matters at hand?
Im watching this instead of doing my essay
lililoo (3 days ago)
Kaila Sloan (3 days ago)
I'm procrastinating rn by watching this video lol
Nesrine Ninetta (3 days ago)
Guys please I need solution😢😢
needs help (3 days ago)
watched this instead of doing maths homework
Joshua Roberts (3 days ago)
ADHD in its finest
Aarudhra Dharshini (3 days ago)
The Instant Gratification Monkey in me jumps... "It's me ! it's Me"...OMG.. This is totally what I'm But yes, I love that infinite potential and the surge of adrenaline I experience with that Panic monster... I miss him when there are endeavours that comes with no deadlines... Watching this video I now realise that, I literally haven't achieved or completed anything that comes without a deadline... That's a great insight and speech... Kudos @timurban

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