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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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Double T (38 minutes ago)
I can confirm this is how procrastinating works, that darned monkey...
Moartem S (1 hour 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 (2 hours ago)
Too good! No mention of perfectionism syndrome, however?
Ha Ba (4 hours ago)
Cure for procrastination is : discipline that monkey 🐒
ADITYA ANANTHRAM (6 hours ago)
I think my instant gratification monkey killed my rational decision maker. And now when the panic monster arrives, the ship is driverless.
SlightlySpicySoySauce (6 hours 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 (7 hours 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 (9 hours ago)
Finally watched this after having it in my "watch later" for a year
cont' nt (10 hours 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 (10 hours 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 (10 hours 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 (11 hours ago)
What's procrastination mean ??
DagM8 (18 hours ago)
Incredible.
Alicia Stamford (20 hours 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 (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
The most interesting and informative speech I have ever seen. The graphics are totally hilarious yet so true..... Amazing just amazing.
Douglas Thompson (1 day ago)
I finally got around to posting a comment!
Josh (1 day ago)
This Is EXACTLY ME
Ayesha Irfan (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
Omg!!!!! You guys..... spot on... so freaking hard tho
A R (1 day ago)
Never have I ever had something relate do much to me.
gi24desean10 (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
I should be studying for exams but here I am lol
santosh kumar (1 day ago)
Watched it two months after saving offline......a good procrastinator
Eleanor Woods (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
this has been in my recommended since 2016, it's 2019 now. I just got around to watching it.
Alice Peters (2 days ago)
I watched this video. Finally. After some.. years.
misaga ivan (2 days ago)
This is why we tend to procrastinate https://youtu.be/eGT4qKdMYsA
LightNessITA (2 days ago)
Help, I think I killed the Panic Monster...
Down200 (2 days ago)
Welp.....Guess I should finish that report now...
NovaGamming35 (2 days ago)
Yeeahh I punch my monkey until I gain control
Kevin Redman (2 days ago)
Locked my panic monster in a cage years ago. I think he's dead.
LightNessITA (2 days ago)
I killed him too, you're welcome. I have 60+ firefox's tabs open though
Pugazhan Sathyamurthy (2 days ago)
I'm a procrastinator and a non-procrastinator
Egriff123 (2 days ago)
I'm supposed to be doing homework right now
Aj Rodillo (2 days ago)
Ill just watch the rest of this tomorrow
Ben Sutherland (3 days ago)
Am at work watching this. haha
Manoranjan Singh (3 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 (3 days ago)
I should be doing my assignment now :') Its due in two days and i haven't even completed a paragraph
fortunenostalMENDES (3 days ago)
Procrastinated by keeping this in a tab for a month and a half
Kiera King (3 days ago)
Is it just me or does he sound like Olaf when his voice gets high?
Kiane Morais (3 days ago)
I was watching killer whale attacks, then I was watching folk covers and then I was here. Hi.
Spottedleaf (3 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 (3 days ago)
I have home work..but I'd rather watch this...
ABID CHOWDHURY (3 days ago)
I should be doing my homework right now, but I'm watching this!
Parker Clem (3 days ago)
I love this and him and you and not doing anything productive please come get the monkey
Lihardistin qweafy (3 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 (3 days ago)
I procrastinated watching this...
Xtasy (3 days ago)
Standing ovation
iNDikAzkOoL (3 days ago)
Kinda ironic how everyone watching this is procrastinating
Carolyn Baird (3 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 (4 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 (4 days ago)
Procrastinating by watching this. Lol.
Black Alende (4 days ago)
paused then put it on my playlist to watch it later
XHAD (4 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 (4 days ago)
We need a revolution against these monkeys.
Monica Lewis (4 days ago)
I’m procrastinating on my English hw rn by watching this 😂
Jurassic Shark (4 days ago)
Lol, I have a novel I have to read that is almost 400 pages and I need to read it by Friday (which is in 4 days) and I haven't started it and instead I'm watching this. xD
Andreas Delany (4 days ago)
I wish he had offered a solution to the problem other then "get your life together" already lost 3 entire years because of this bs
Henri Clement (4 days ago)
Zen calls mental hyperactivity aka always thinking there is something else to do or to think of : The monkey jumping from branch to branch. Meditation - or doing nothing just sitting - is one way to focus, see and try to slow down the monkey.
Fortnite_ Playz (4 days ago)
I actually understood 😂
Gen Genifer (4 days ago)
Whenever I get a message about a new video I always say "I'll watch that later" *takes me 2 months to watch*
schweizer93 (4 days ago)
Does somebody has some advice for a Type 2 Procrastinator (no deadline)? I only find comments about how much they are procrastinating right now.....
Nij Jin (5 days ago)
Pretty name and all, but procrastinator is just a fancy word for having no discipline.
lusina Ho (5 days ago)
He is right.
Stella Joy (5 days ago)
Literally watching this with an essay due tomorrow
Jacob Sargent (5 days ago)
I'm supposed to have read seven books by tomorrow...
Radagast r (5 days ago)
yep, i hate this, unless i have a deadline i dont get anything done.
mr.kitloin (5 days ago)
im such a procrastinator, I do my math homework IN CLASS. THE DAY ITS DUE. I can't do it during lunch because math is first period...
MccPlayzMC (5 days ago)
if he can do it so can i
Tiago Oliveira (5 days ago)
They gave me 3 months to do 3 deep learning projects and one month extra just in case I didn’t finished it within the 3 month period, well you guessed it the panic monster showed up a few weeks ago, I have 28 days left, working on project 2 now, I can do it!!!
Michael Lai (5 days ago)
Boring
Morgan Miller (5 days ago)
There's a kid in my class who I would guess is on the same level. But I'm pretty much the same lol God bless and Jesus loves you all<3!
Fae (5 days ago)
Fucking same.
Mr Roostro (5 days ago)
I just realized i'm procrastinaring rhight now.....
idk yt (5 days ago)
im procrastinating right now, i should be finishing my homework that was due last week 😅
s chong (5 days ago)
same here. many replies here are about procrastinating studying and doing assignments --but i'm procrastinating calculating marks and writing report cards!
mondler rocks (5 days ago)
this is soooo me!!!!
Sarah G (5 days ago)
I’m “pro” crastination.
Adrian Mejia (6 days ago)
I found this video while I was PROCRASTINATING!!
been living in the dark playground for the last three months
Linh Nguyễn Bá (6 days ago)
This man don’t know what is life 😄
Alex M. Chong (6 days ago)
i was hoping something actually insightful from a TED talk
poopity scoop (6 days ago)
I swear if I dont do my project I'm gonna fail though I'm at a 80 something
Abdurrhman (6 days ago)
I had this video in my watch list for a while , been procrastinating to watch it . I’m also here now just to write this comment and I’ll watch this later .
sonofabitch (6 days ago)
I procrastinated for a few months to watch this video and do something with my procrastination.
Livu S (6 days ago)
Okay but if the thing gets done in time, does it really matter if it's "procrastinated?" :P If the result is the same if I were finish that thing long before due, or somewhere in between that time, or last minute, and would anyway fill the time I'm not working on he thing with sh!t? :D
Livu S (6 days ago)
oh got it. procrastinating when there's no deadline. yup. deeply in it.
Dahlsyar Storm (6 days ago)
I concur with everything he said. Now, how do I fix it? XD
Faltron CZ (6 days ago)
Well... that was the analysis of the problem. Does anyone have some solution for this chronical kind of procrastination? :'D :D
BroKi (7 days ago)
Woah, like 6 months ago, I was in a bad place. Feeling overly stressed about college. And this was because of my procrastination. I have AD(H)D and the feeling of not getting anything done manifested itself in an unhealthy way. My mechanism to cope with procrastination I learned myself was to wake up the panic monster way before the deadlines were there. This resulted in a constant present amount of stress. Which eventually became too much for me. I went to a psychologist and I was in a near-burn out phase. Then I just layed down all my work and quit for 2 months straight. With the help of the psychologist and meditation I managed to plan my days and gradually stick with them. This did not came easily, in the past I just gave up after a few weeks of trying. But now if I failed, I just tried it again and again. Planning fun things really helped too. It made me wanna get up in the morning. Now I am in such a better place! I keep myself to my schedule, I finish before my deadlines are due and I overall feel a lot better. I have made a few videos (and now have a few clients for whom I produce :) ) on the side and I built my own website! I get a lot more things done and I am proud of myself. If you have some questions for me I would gladly help you! You can send me a direct message via my website (maxvanlaarhoven.nl). I know how hard it is but many people are probably in a far worse place than me so maybe I don't know. But maybe I can be of help! Thank you.
Manjeet (7 days ago)
I had to do physics. But I'm procrastinating by watching this
Manjeet (7 days ago)
Todaaaay
Cristy Clarence (7 days ago)
This, I can soooo relate
Dev :: (7 days ago)
I even procrastinate going to sleep :(
InfectiousEnder (7 days ago)
I'm supposed to be asleep two hours ago, but my spiral led to me watching this...
Spinysky Studio (7 days ago)
Same
amazing and brilliant.
Z Queen1 (7 days ago)
Procrastinating while reading the comments then commenting after watching the video
Keari Hayes (7 days ago)
👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Charlotte B. (8 days ago)
And I am in the middle of Procrastination. In the YouTube Endless Loop xD
Jules Pascato (8 days ago)
11 minutes and 40 seconds of procrastination crossing out my 20 years worth of boxes on the life calendar

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