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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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kangjhha (35 minutes ago)
Zheng Jie Lee (1 hour ago)
Is it the mind of a average procrastinator?
BaconOfTheStrip (1 hour ago)
Just got done project at 11:05 PM
Buffalobill Games (7 hours ago)
The irony is that as I'm watching this, I am acknowledging that I have a significant paper to finish by tomorrow, and that I have dinner in likely under an hour. WHAT A WORLD AMIRITE
Caleb Tarman (7 hours ago)
Is it just me, or does this video have zero advice or dealing with procrastination. Like tbh it seems like he procrastinated his presentation too long and just made funny pictures to talk about instead.
Storytime Animations (7 hours ago)
I have an essay due tomorrow and I haven't started
Fkn Compton (8 hours ago)
Lol I procrastinated in watching this vid
Owen Dangel (8 hours ago)
I missed a deadline on my English paper just to watch this
Maximilien Descampe (10 hours ago)
I am watching this while procrastinating
DatGirl (11 hours ago)
2 exams tomo and this is what i am watching...
Arctic - Kitty - Cat (11 hours ago)
I was procrastination on this vid then watched it to procrastinate...
River Walker (11 hours ago)
My life in the biggest nutshell I’ve seen.
FabTBC (12 hours ago)
Ironically​ I'm procrastinating whilst watching this.
Purva Shirke (13 hours ago)
What do you call it when the panic monster doesn't comes up... The third type of procrastinators ???
Margaret Edwards (13 hours ago)
My Instant Gratification Monkey is making me watch this, after already hearing it twice on the radio . . .
Ozarks Backroads (14 hours ago)
You Sir are very insightful. I believe you have opened my eyes a little.
Malik Tanveer (14 hours ago)
yeah but?
Sweet_Salt (15 hours ago)
Currently supposed to be doing my history exam.....
winged pickle (17 hours ago)
I took a gun and shot that monkey.
Mr. Metalhorse (17 hours ago)
This is too relatable. It's as if he's talking about me!!!
Josh Raspberry (17 hours ago)
Why do today what you can put off 'till tomorrow, right? Also, I landed on this video after an hour of watching video clips about Temple Grandin, for no productive reason. Clearly all of this is helping me accomplish the relatively long to-do list on my calendar. Somehow I managed to finish grad-school.
JP CF (17 hours ago)
I wish I had a panic monster
Ankush Singh (18 hours ago)
I used to have a monkey in my head .. now it has grown into a King Kong 😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥
ASoulFromFarFarAway (18 hours ago)
This was actually very well explained. I have a verbal danish test coming up in 4 days. Im just drawing and watching youtube ;-;
Luke Engberink (18 hours ago)
I used to procrastinate a lot. Not to a massive extent like him but I still did. Then just one day I forced to do my homework as soon as I got home. It was only 20 minutes because I rushed but it made a difference. Two years later I never procrastinate and my life is more enjoyable plus my grades went up.
Daniel Gamboa (19 hours ago)
This fool knows so well all ready!
Jerry Zheng (21 hours ago)
adds this vid to 'watch later'
Joshua M (1 day ago)
that is not a lot of boxes 😨
Jombo (1 day ago)
Hmmm I should work on my essay.... nah I'll just watch another video about procrastination.
I had an 11-page drama script due in a week, but I decided to do it on the last day at 12 to 4 and I got 89%. My fam harasses me for this problem but it works!
Ant Dawggg (1 day ago)
who watching this in 2018, I'm procrastinating by watching this video and I​ have a speech due tomorrow
Glitch (1 day ago)
In 7th grade my procrastination was really bad and it got even worse when my language arts teacher said the dreaded "E" word. A 5 paragraph essay due at the end each quarter. Now mind you I already hated this teacher and she didn't like me either. I never did the first essay because I didn't care it didn't matter to me. Fast forward to the last quarter of 7th grade year and my grade in the class is suffering greatly. I was forced into study hall until I got the dang essay done and even then I procrastinated. Fast forward again to the due date of the essay. There is 18 minutes left of study hall then the day is over and I still have a blank page. And that fellow commenters is when the panic monster was alerted. I wrote that essay in 15 minutes with terrible grammar and spelling mistakes everywhere but I edited it in 2 minutes. And with 1 minute left I finally turned in that essay. I learned a life lesson that day and you learn something too.
Aubrey Nelson (1 day ago)
How do you differentiate procrastination from simply having ADHD
Ashlyn Warr (1 day ago)
i have a book report due in less than three hours and i’m not even halfway done with the book. i came to this video to find out what the monkeys name was bc i forgot and don’t want to work on it
Karissa Finley (1 day ago)
My favorite part of this is that I'm watching it to avoid Discussion Board questions.
Mick Cane (1 day ago)
Procrastinate NOW! Don’t put it off until tomorrow.
Janlynn N (1 day ago)
You can give procrastinators a whole list of solutions to end their bad habits, but they will complain that the list isn't long enough.
Adam Elm (1 day ago)
i need a goddamn book of this genius. who agrees!
Shahrez Haris (1 day ago)
Watching this when I have a lab report due and I haven't even started and its past the deadline
S r (1 day ago)
*When you are procrastinating while watching this video...*
Chris Pozo (1 day ago)
U habe gib gey
Zeph0811 (1 day ago)
have a 7-page paper due in 5 hrs. This came into my suggested feed. I approve YouTube.
ostrimissimo (1 day ago)
If you don't understand what he's talking about, I kinda envy you.
Kizibro7 GD (1 day ago)
My procrastination: I’ll watch one more video before I do the work. *Sees another cool video*, I’ll watch one more. *hours later*, oh no I better go to bed!!!
Dynamicparrot (1 day ago)
Honestly? I think the panic monster runs my entire system.
morgan clair (1 day ago)
should be working on a book report but I cant ...... (thanks monkey )
Pedro Cavaco (1 day ago)
This is me all the way
Ester Paganini (1 day ago)
I did the Google Earth thing. My god that talk is real. I need to study!
Adib Ahmed (1 day ago)
This man's a genius. Combining the depressing reality with comedy done right!
Sumaira Merzais (1 day ago)
Joel Thunell (1 day ago)
Literally watching this instead of doing my essay due tomorrow which I have not starten with yet
The Gaming Lion (1 day ago)
That panic monster is a bit late lol
Joshua Cutler (1 day ago)
Watching this instead of doing an APUSH project that is due tomorrow
Emilio0587 (1 day ago)
Story of my life, landed myself right into community college.
Haynflip777 (1 day ago)
Is it funny that I'm watching this , during work ..I'm procrastinating to work 😁
Zuleyra Pérez (1 day ago)
I knew my urge to look up on YouTube Nickelodeon's All That cast and members where are they now and what seasons they were on wasn't normal.
SpawnKiller Vali (1 day ago)
Well this is pretty good but I do all my homeworks in class and my papers at 3 am in the last day(they are like 10 pages at most)
аплодирую стоя
Lisa Corran (1 day ago)
Amazing. Ironically...watching this while procrastinating...
Chiara Di Nardo (1 day ago)
I found it while procrastinating and loved it, I think I'm gonna watch it another time
Naina Malhotra (1 day ago)
The monkey has developed an immune to the panic monster
#NEMSWORLD (2 days ago)
I remember doing that 6 month final project the night before in one 18 hour sitting. Got an A+ on it tho, get at me fam.
Ak10Twenty (2 days ago)
I have an essay due tonight that I haven't started. This ain't my first rodeo.
Michael Kokovidis (2 days ago)
I have hw due tmr and its 1:38 am
I’ve found my people
Vegeta Sama (2 days ago)
Ill do my homework after this last video Its 2 am
Fiona G (2 days ago)
My homework-doing policy is "if the deadline is not tomorrow then I will not do it today".
Josie Granger (2 days ago)
wiki luna (2 days ago)
i have watched this like 5 times and every time its before i have something big due in very soon........ :) i have 9h before school starts and a whole essay in for period1 :))))))))) (goes to sleep anyway****)
Omar Jafry (2 days ago)
Eh, I'll do it later.
I have to learn 3 songs on piano by next week and I don’t even have a piano yet
F.B.I Agent #557 (2 days ago)
Inside my mind,basically?
Ebere Igborgbor (2 days ago)
oh no 🙈so true!
Ebere Igborgbor (2 days ago)
oh no 🙈so true!
Ebere Igborgbor (2 days ago)
oh no 🙈so true!
Hussain C (2 days ago)
The real question is: Can you procrastinate procrastination?
I'm procrastinating while watching a video about procrastination . Me~ "Wild"
I kinda Animate (2 days ago)
Lets see what he knows about me. I wanna stop procrastinating-- but I can do that later.
km3 3 (2 days ago)
where can I find a copy of the calendar to print it out?😂😂
Skalex05 (2 days ago)
I procrastinated while watching this :/
Jordi Shon Brunet (2 days ago)
Why my panic monster appears when I just have few hours to get things done....? :'(
Faceglitch (2 days ago)
I procrastinated watching this video for half a year
Eirik Dahl (2 days ago)
I have put off watching this video for weeks...
I'll stop procrastinating from now on. The 90 years box graph really hit me hard.
BeepBeepImaSheep (2 days ago)
guess what i'm doing rn
Chantal S (2 days ago)
I have a paper due in two days and I'm procrastinating by watching this video
Jack Nelson (2 days ago)
What if the rational decision maker is scared of the panic monster
Bruce Boom (2 days ago)
stay.hydrated (2 days ago)
i have to re-write a really long speech for tomorrow and im watching this while not having written a single letter
adelina setiawan (2 days ago)
bazzingaification (2 days ago)
I wanna watch this video but I'm procrastinating 😣😣
Vivek Mohite (2 days ago)
Wow... This guy is awesome!!! Explained the whole complicated thing with such an ease. I love his style. Simply Great!!!
Abidinator 12 (2 days ago)
I’m right now in the dark playground
Celeste Rincon (2 days ago)
I’ve decided to kill my instant gratification monkey today 😣
Celeste Rincon (2 days ago)
Haha so far that hasn’t worked, anyone have any ideas?
Sachin Divakar (2 days ago)
I am the procrastinator in chief . I would say you should call this a disease and start research for finding a cure .
Nothing against this dude, but this is ridiculous I used to procrastinate all the time I don’t now because I got the determination to do what I need to do. don’t blame your lazy ness on a monkey in your head get up do some work... like now
elena (2 days ago)
MY TRICK TO KIND OF STOP PROCRASTINATING: if i have an essay due, i start by typing words straight from my mind. i joke, i cuss, i make useless comments, but it's about the essay topic. i call it my "rough draft", which is basically a watered-down, not-researched bunch of words. but it does help me to ease from monkey mode to rational mode. i'm still mokey-ing around with my paper, but i also grow more serious about correcting and researching the facts. hope this helps!
elena (2 days ago)
at some angles, he looks like chris ballinger😳
Hikigaya Hachiman (2 days ago)
The "panic monster" and "the monkey" are one and the same, the decision-making one is its own individual but it sometimes identifies itself with the monkey, making this whole issue worse.
G A G A (2 days ago)
I have an exam in two days and im definitely going to fail. also im so pissed for wasting another 14 mins and the time i spent commenting.. fauck me
Tora Boba (2 days ago)
I am seeing a lot of videos like this in my feed when I’m trying to do hw

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