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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/ TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of 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 much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksD...
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A A (6 hours ago)
I have a project to submit in 2 days. I havent made it yet. My panick moster awoke at 1am yesterday night. I worked till 2:30 on wires that made no sence. 😭😭😭
A A (6 hours ago)
Infact im procrastinating right now as well 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
A A (6 hours ago)
Im such a big procrastinator 😂😂😂 totally relate. WTF I TOO READ THE SCANDAL ONE DAY WHEN I WAS BORED. GUY!!! UR MY TWINNN!!
Ilse Awesomeness (7 hours ago)
Why do you have to call me out like this?
Safuwan Fauzi (10 hours ago)
Money Money Money
R.O.Y. A.L (11 hours ago)
"Maybe not TODAY....you know.....some time soon"
TheRealAlexT (12 hours ago)
The panic monster doesn’t even bother to show up anymore LOL
Jin Ye (14 hours ago)
freaken mind blow at that last thing on the screen...I feel confused and want to cry at the same time.
Potato2840 Ali (15 hours ago)
This is making me feel really guilty.....
ItsYaGirlEllieThe Alien! (15 hours ago)
Also my panic monster wakes up A LOT!
ItsYaGirlEllieThe Alien! (15 hours ago)
So... I am a procrastinator and I'm supposed to be helping my mom on the science fair that she is doing right now but said its ok if I don't want to help.
CopyRight Strike (17 hours ago)
why is youtube recommending me th-......oh no
R von Zitzewitz (18 hours ago)
that calendar gave me bare anxiety
Kenny Darwish (19 hours ago)
I see nothing but poor two-legged children of clay, some are poorer than others; and all are on the verge of panicking, unless otherwise they’ve attained to a higher level of excellence enabling them to see reality as it really is. A message to all poor two-legged children of clay, including bill gate and his fellow likes, as well as the bankrupt: “IF ANY OF YOU WOKE UP TODAY SECURED IN ONE’S DWELLING, HAVING HIS DAILY SUSTENANCE, WITH A HEALTHY BODY, IT IS LIKE SUCH A ONE HAS THE ENTIRE WORLD SERVING HIM!”
Adrianna Meriwether (1 day ago)
I should be studying for a vocab test on Greece, but, that can wait
Adriana Morgante (1 day ago)
I have an exam next week, but here I am, watching a video about procrastination....
Leonboors058 __ (1 day ago)
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Ysabel Garcia (1 day ago)
I just realized that i've been a procrastinator...
hayjacker2002 (1 day ago)
I’m procrastinating on going to sleep and facing another day by watching this
AKA Nathan (1 day ago)
I've been putting off watching this video. Maybe I should pause and do it tomorrow.
Oh, the layers of irony!
“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” ― Mark Twain
Pablo Gi (1 day ago)
I need that life calendar as wallpaper on all my devices
Star Child (1 day ago)
In the allotted 14 min - wouldv been better to be more concise earlier so when he got to the revelation later on about everyone - then he could talk about solutions (everyone wants ultimately) . Maybethen he'd have researched the underlying reason for procrastination; specifically that it's an emotional block or negative perception of that rational task. *That negative feeling is the doorway to the answer* - *why isn't that fun ? Why isn't that easy?* Those are the two criterea of the monkey. *THEN - figure out how/ what/ when the rational tasks can be percieved as EASY AND FUN. Game over for the monkey* ...
lukesuperflyjones (1 day ago)
I've been procrastinating to watch this for a couple weeks now, glad I got out of the dark playground to finally see it.
Stacy Perkins (1 day ago)
I'm watching this to procrastinate doing any real work 😂😂😂
julian matthews (1 day ago)
I’m procrastinating sleeping by watching this video about procrastination that i said i would watch 2 weeks ago. Hmmmm
Brandon Asif (1 day ago)
im too lazy to watch the entire video
D T (1 day ago)
guess it's true- i seen this thumbnail as a recommended for me and procrastinated watching it. now i watched it. yay.
Lior Dahan (1 day ago)
I just got a life lesson. Thank you
Albus Dumbledore (1 day ago)
this has been in my watch later list for 3 months geez
Philip Zook (2 days ago)
You just need to make your work fun and easy.
Sayat Dakarimov (2 days ago)
The best talk I've ever seen!
05deeps (2 days ago)
This is my dark playground
Jeremy W (2 days ago)
I still don't understand what happens in the brain from this video.
deejee (2 days ago)
watching this video is productive procrastination
Wild West (2 days ago)
well you dont really need long term goals..dying is a long goal for everyone.
Wild West (2 days ago)
does that mean if your monkey does not do what you told it you have to spank it?
Wild West (2 days ago)
well we all escape the monkey its called death. The one true god
Porcupine Metalhead (2 days ago)
Here’s a joke! How many procrastinators does it take to change a... Eh I’ll tell you later.
Oberbaumbruecke (2 days ago)
Thanks! I have never met a psychologist who could explain this to me. Some professionals even are lying about this: Procrastination were not existing etc.
cloveraby (2 days ago)
He's right, school was easier because you have rules and deadlines that help you stop procastinating. But I started working and started focusing on long term goals, it was years of procastinating. Still have those problems to this day.
Mr. Vichitra (2 days ago)
A good video... changed my perception...Now I will work hard from tomorrow ....is this too procrastinating??
Angeles Martinez (3 days ago)
This was the funniest way to learn what a procrastinator really is
Double T (3 days ago)
I can confirm this is how procrastinating works, that darned monkey...
Moartem S (3 days ago)
Well, my girlfriend was never procrastinating, not even with breaking up. However I think that this procrastination monkey also protects us from overworking ourselves.
Ratanjali Jain (3 days ago)
Too good! No mention of perfectionism syndrome, however?
Ha Ba (3 days ago)
Cure for procrastination is : discipline that monkey 🐒
I think my instant gratification monkey killed my rational decision maker. And now when the panic monster arrives, the ship is driverless.
SlightlySpicySoySauce (3 days ago)
Fun fact: I am not procrastinating by watching this video, I am here to analyze this video. But that's only because the deadline is tomorrow and the Panic Monster has shown up.
SlightlySpicySoySauce (3 days ago)
The worst thing is when you procrastinate and you don't even think about it as "procrastination", just "5 minutes on Twitter because I have finished the chapter", and then it turns into 2 or so hours. It happened to me so much times.
Kithalie (3 days ago)
Finally watched this after having it in my "watch later" for a year
cont' nt (3 days ago)
I've been living in the dark playground ever since fourth grade, and this had lead to a ton of anxiety, depression, and self-hate yay
grapefruitiswinning (3 days ago)
Oh my god. This is hysterical and OH so true. I *hate* my tendency toward procrastination. Thanks for this. Great talk and extremely well presented.
Sonder (3 days ago)
It is human nature to procrastinate but you have to admit that we are also being brainwashed by the media to do as little as possible and indulge in pleasures of all forms. So, it's a problem by design as well.
miles styles (3 days ago)
What's procrastination mean ??
DagM8 (3 days ago)
Alicia Stamford (3 days ago)
This man is hilarious, well-spoken, engaging, relatable and might I say, incredibly hot! He should be on our screens more please!
Feelefant Affenhand (4 days ago)
I bet he procrastinated the entire time that's why his slides were filled with bad scribbles. He just made them the day before.
Jaya Bharati (4 days ago)
The most interesting and informative speech I have ever seen. The graphics are totally hilarious yet so true..... Amazing just amazing.
Douglas Thompson (4 days ago)
I finally got around to posting a comment!
Josh (4 days ago)
Ayesha Irfan (4 days ago)
Okay wow the last box thing he mentioned kinda got me thinking and even though it was a 15 second part of this whole thing, it's affected me the most.
Alesya CAHHNKOBA (4 days ago)
Omg!!!!! You guys..... spot on... so freaking hard tho
A R (4 days ago)
Never have I ever had something relate do much to me.
gi24desean10 (4 days ago)
This reminds me of a time when I was in college. I was taking an English Literature class and the professor had assigned a thesis paper at the end of the semester. I procrastinated the paper up until the night before the paper was due. I pulled an all-nighter and was able to finish the 10 pages that were assigned. The following week when he returned the graded papers I was scared because I thought I had gotten a poor grade. To my surprise I received an A+ on the paper and not only that, but the professor actually made me stand in front of the entire class and congratulated me. He told the class, "You see, this is what happens when you do not procrastinate on a paper. He had one of the better essays I've seen." He then looked at me and asked me in front of the entire class. "How long did you work on this paper for?". I didn't want to embarrass him in front of the class, so I shyly said, "About 3 weeks." Procrastination got me through college and honestly, I still procrastinate in my career until this day. Any time my boss assigns me a project I wait until the last minute because I honestly feel I present a better product when I work under pressure. So if it works for you continue procrastinating I guess. If it's not broke, don't fix it!
Ish Jam (4 days ago)
I should be studying for exams but here I am lol
santosh kumar (4 days ago)
Watched it two months after saving offline......a good procrastinator
Eleanor Woods (4 days ago)
ok i was finding chemisty videos to revise for my test tomorrow but then i saw this video and clicked on it and now im doing this :(((
Milan Schouten (4 days ago)
this has been in my recommended since 2016, it's 2019 now. I just got around to watching it.
Alice Peters (5 days ago)
I watched this video. Finally. After some.. years.
misaga ivan (5 days ago)
This is why we tend to procrastinate https://youtu.be/eGT4qKdMYsA
LightNessITA (5 days ago)
Help, I think I killed the Panic Monster...
Down200 (5 days ago)
Welp.....Guess I should finish that report now...
NovaGamming35 (5 days ago)
Yeeahh I punch my monkey until I gain control
Kevin Redman (5 days ago)
Locked my panic monster in a cage years ago. I think he's dead.
LightNessITA (5 days ago)
I killed him too, you're welcome. I have 60+ firefox's tabs open though
Pugazhan Sathyamurthy (5 days ago)
I'm a procrastinator and a non-procrastinator
Egriff123 (5 days ago)
I'm supposed to be doing homework right now
Aj Rodillo (5 days ago)
Ill just watch the rest of this tomorrow
Ben Sutherland (6 days ago)
Am at work watching this. haha
Manoranjan Singh (6 days ago)
It is quite shocking today i wrote my assignment in last 30 min before its submission. And when i open YouTube this is first video which appear on it. Procrastination is just like suspense thriller movie.
iKONIC (6 days ago)
I should be doing my assignment now :') Its due in two days and i haven't even completed a paragraph
fortunenostalMENDES (6 days ago)
Procrastinated by keeping this in a tab for a month and a half
Kiera King (6 days ago)
Is it just me or does he sound like Olaf when his voice gets high?
Kiane Morais (6 days ago)
I was watching killer whale attacks, then I was watching folk covers and then I was here. Hi.
Spottedleaf (6 days ago)
I have three reports but here I am watching this video for the third time to remind me why I shouldn't be procrastinating Hey, I never said I wasn't done those reports
Bts Jikook4life (6 days ago)
I have home work..but I'd rather watch this...
ABID CHOWDHURY (6 days ago)
I should be doing my homework right now, but I'm watching this!
Parker Clem (6 days ago)
I love this and him and you and not doing anything productive please come get the monkey
Lihardistin qweafy (6 days ago)
Supposed to write an essay right now. Due tomorrow
hELP. Is there a cure for procrastination? :[ My panic monster doesn't exist. Just the guilt monster. The insta-gratification monkey is running rampant now because of the guilt monster... I want to procrastinate more because te guilt :[[
MusicLists (6 days ago)
I procrastinated watching this...
Xtasy (6 days ago)
Standing ovation
iNDikAzkOoL (6 days ago)
Kinda ironic how everyone watching this is procrastinating
Carolyn Baird (7 days ago)
I’ve spent the last 3 months in the dark playground and now I’m here the day before a really big career deciding test and the panic monster hasn’t arrived yet
XKL 1010 (7 days ago)
I have 3 papers in 2 days, and my monkey justified this video ..you been procrastinating all day, this videos just 14 minutes, watch it even though its against me.
Ballet Dancer (7 days ago)
Procrastinating by watching this. Lol.
Black Alende (7 days ago)
paused then put it on my playlist to watch it later
XHAD (7 days ago)
Funny how a TED talk that took 3 days to make has more views than ones that took over a year and over a thousand hours of critique has
Ayaz Mehmood (7 days ago)
We need a revolution against these monkeys.

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