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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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Cabruh (10 minutes ago)
Anyone else read "inside the mind of a masterbator"?
Keila Reina Perez (46 minutes ago)
I'm procrastinating by watching this video
Edp 445 (1 hour ago)
I have a university level advanced functions test and a french world religions test tomorrow...
Alys (1 hour ago)
I feel attacked
Pamala G (1 hour ago)
My monkey is King Kong and my rational person is a Hobbit and King Kong is immune to the Panic Monster send help
Mazhar Abbass (2 hours ago)
I have to get the "instant gratification monkey" off of my back!
Green Bill (2 hours ago)
Procrastination my best subject.
Brandi Mauldin (2 hours ago)
I’m doing work that is late... but watching this video
Doriana Risi (2 hours ago)
All this has a name and its name is Adhd ❤️❤️❤️
Tex Meta (2 hours ago)
This guy is my new hero
Mikayla Nelson (3 hours ago)
Actually procrastinating with this vid
Emily Adams (3 hours ago)
This is so perfect --- I am also currently in the Youtube spiral and this came up haha
Nika NK (4 hours ago)
Guess what I’m doing when watching this video... procrastinating
Patrick M (5 hours ago)
15 second ad before the video....I’ll just watch it later.
Justin boatman (5 hours ago)
very good speech man...
Grace Tipton (6 hours ago)
I just came by this video while looking for online summary's about The Count of Monte Cristo, a book that I was suppose to start a month ago and a half ago... After scrolling through other interesting videos, not pertaining to my homework, I found this video. One thing this TED talk did not talk about was how to stop procrastinating... is there a way? because I'm doing it right now.
Sibhansh Hastey (6 hours ago)
Its been a month since I have kept this tab open and I am yet to watch it!!
magdelima (6 hours ago)
all procrastinators should live together because it's extremely annoying this lifestyle!!!!
Georgia (7 hours ago)
Damn its scary how i was procrastinating and this pops up as recommended. Even youtube is sick of me not doing work
tunsty one (8 hours ago)
I'll watch later
Thomas Burke (8 hours ago)
This guy is my spirit animal
Noneof Urbuisness (9 hours ago)
Okay so i know someone probably needs to hear this... Go do your fucking homework :)
Pratik Bendale (10 hours ago)
After watching this video... Youtube recommended me to watch "decode procrastination" and i put it in "watch later"
Amy Sellwood (10 hours ago)
I just procrastinated srudying for my English exam in an hour (that I have mot yet done any study for) by watching this.
Den Den (11 hours ago)
I have a test tomorrow in Biology about the cell. :) watching this video atm... and saying 1 hour more, time right now is 17:22. I have now been inspired to start studying at 18:00. Tomorrow 12:45 I start my test. :D I CAN DO THIS!
Forever New (12 hours ago)
Literally watching this instead of studying
Audrey C (13 hours ago)
I’m procrastinating while watching this 😭😭
Alarna Deniz Göksuyu (14 hours ago)
I've also read the blog enty, now i am watching this. Guess why?
Anzé Vorster (14 hours ago)
I wrote a 20 page essay the day before the due time. 15 cups of coffee and no sleep ;-)
Vini the Panda (15 hours ago)
*Biology final coming up in two days* me: *watching this*
Procrastination Nation (15 hours ago)
It might sound weird but I found out that by putting on my clothes as soon as I get out of bed has really helped with my procrastination!
amadou cisse (15 hours ago)
This and the one with the beatboxer are my favourite Ted talks.
tannya11235 (16 hours ago)
12:30 the frustration isnt that they could not achieve their dream but they werent even able to start chasing them .. 🙁🙁🙁🙁🙁🙁
Haikal Raffie (17 hours ago)
tengok status umar la ni buat aku datang sini ...
I am suppose to write my works but why am I here...damn monkeys
NuketardMaximus (18 hours ago)
Those boxes woke up my panic monster
Hari Kumar (19 hours ago)
Never thought that the most dreaded, boring, sedentary topic of procrastination could be so hilarious and effervescent. Amazing presentation.
S'mores4life (19 hours ago)
I need to show this to my mom. Maybe she will finally understand
JakeSlimeslayer (19 hours ago)
me
WeirdShit360 (20 hours ago)
the monkey is the captain now
BlueCup eh (20 hours ago)
This is extra funny because my final English assignment was a TED Talk and I wrote the whole thing the day before I had to present it.
Jossy Loves Dogs (20 hours ago)
Is anybody else procrastinating by watching this?
Fowl (21 hours ago)
Problem is monkey got desensibilized and now panic monster is friends with monkey
Wesley Smith (1 day ago)
I have a sudden urge to study for my math unit test due on Monday. Gotta blast... Or finish this video.
Wesley Smith (1 day ago)
Currently in the dark playground.
The GamerPro (1 day ago)
My panic monster left and someone help me find it
Amelia Elmen (1 day ago)
Love that I found this while procrastinating lol
Eyepatch Morty (1 day ago)
If you are reading this comment you are in the dark playground.
Travis17 (1 day ago)
4:54 if he had said " and finishes with videos of Tim Urban at a Ted talk" it would have been too real
Nadia Laplanche (1 day ago)
So when you work....are you procrastinating procrastination?
dsdskdkw (1 day ago)
a thing too is that the panic monster weakens every time the monkey is exposed to him.. fear is not a good motivator!
Allan Costa Jardim (1 day ago)
Awesome!!!
如意 (1 day ago)
my exam is tomorrow and im watching this
Lucy Wu (1 day ago)
Great analogy of the panic monster and instant gratification monkey!
Horizon Sky (1 day ago)
Anyone else using this to procrastinate ?
mark traver (1 day ago)
Actually, a "Self Actualized" person is probably living as the Monkey, just he acknowledged the possibility that his INTERESTS could earn a living and have value in and of themselves - like a dog does..... "Follow Your Bliss" - Joseph Campbell https://trybe.one/hierarchy-of-needs-what-does-that-have-to-do-with-blodkchain-it-has-to-do-with-just-about-everything/
Quetzal Cuber (1 day ago)
Purposely pausing the video and going through the comment section in order to procrastinate one's homework.
Chocoleyt Mint (1 day ago)
LMAOOO I have a presentation tmw that I haven't even started yet!!!!! THIS GUY IS INSPIRING ME SO MUCH Lol
Nagesh K N (1 day ago)
I watched this video last week and really wanted to post a thank you comment. Finally, I did!
Sumbul Bilgrami (1 day ago)
Wow I was one of the earlier viewers and now I see that this talk has got 16 million views!
Sydney Williams (1 day ago)
literally popped up in the middle of me writing an essay the day before it is due. :D
anisha abbaraju (1 day ago)
I've never felt something harder than I felt this video lol this guy is such a mood
O___ O (1 day ago)
_This was recommended for me_
don quixote (1 day ago)
I'm Doctor Procrastinator.
Cristina Holme (1 day ago)
I came into YouTube today to watch some videos after being hit with a sudden wave of sadness. I’ve been wanting start an Instagram account for my music (I write songs) for about 6 months now, but I’ve never been able to do it and I feel like I’m stuck and will never be able to start the account. I wanted to watch something for possibly some inspiration, some advice. I was going to search something like “how to start a singing account” but then decided against it because I saw more interesting looking videos come up on recommended and decided that I’ll start my account possible next week. I then came across this video and clicked on a it -not watching it for the purpose of solving this problem I’m facing mentally at the moment, just because it seemed interesting , and it literally related exactly to what I’ve been feeling.Procrastinating on my dreams with a lingering sadness behind my hope because I can’t seem to get things done. This is crazy.i needed this advice. Hey if you want to support my account g follow @_felorna I’ll start becoming active soon this post is a promise to myself
xjessx (1 day ago)
Came across this while procrastinating
pff that’s nothing, I’ve got 12 finals coming up in the coming 3 weeks, followed by 1 week off and 14 exams that allow me to skip ahead a year of school, but I’ve got to study a year worth of content in 3 months, we’ll I’ve got 1 month left and haven’t started but can’t start because I haven’t started the preparation for my finals next week meaning I’ll have 1 week to study 9 months worth of 8 hour school days... this is much worse that I thought now that I wrote it down on paper lol
jinnie lamp (1 day ago)
This is so relatable
Arif Fahmi (1 day ago)
Well, I think in my country it's called "SKS" (Sistem Kebut Semalam), everyone does have it. Well, probably not everyone, students mostly lol.
ShotaxNinja (1 day ago)
*Hi*
Aaron Mcgarry (1 day ago)
I procrastinate past the deadline then figure out a way to fix it like taking the day off school so I basically get an extension
Pika girl 101 (1 day ago)
Unfortunately my panic monster has taken a human form... It's name is- Mom
Jammie Fondue (1 day ago)
You can tell the drawings were last minute.
gillian lim (1 day ago)
Why is this me
Thomas Deveson (1 day ago)
watching this instead of writing my thesis that is due tomorrow
Michelle Cannes (1 day ago)
12:20 The guy with the mustache in the foreground of the audience looks ASTOUNDED
Gabriela Hutter (1 day ago)
This is such a fat mood
phoxiasmeow (1 day ago)
so who else procrastinated on something else by spending time trying to count how many boxes there were per week in a 90-year life
nameYUnoavailable (1 day ago)
That box thing was traumatic AF
Abhimanyu Arora (1 day ago)
good job! you are a great speaker! (y)
Emma Silver (1 day ago)
When you know you need to get a paper done but your brain says "let's just make some Dungeons and Dragons characters I'm never going to use!"
eeki (1 day ago)
I have my uni application deadline in about an hour
Laughing Princess (1 day ago)
i actually procastinated 2yrs to watch this
Bella* Hope (1 day ago)
I'm watching this video instead of doing homework...
xXDuskiFoxDrawsXx (1 day ago)
Ugh, that HORRIBLE kind of procrastination where there's no deadline... I'm an aspiring artist, and I do a lot of art online with other people. But, because I procrastinate, I end up not doing things for weeks or even months, and then this horrible feeling of guilt follows me everywhere I go until the mountains of art I have to do for other people are finally swept away after the course of many months. It SUCKS because you know you have something to do, but you don't do it, and because there's nothing to make you stressed for only a day and then have it all released, the guilt and fear and stress piles up until you break down and feel like curling up in a dark closet somewhere, rocking back and forth with your knees clutched to your chest. It's really one of the most awful things you can do to yourself, but most people that struggle with it (including myself) don't know how to crawl out of the little pit we've dug ourselves into. I guess all you can do is just push yourself to actually do the work...
Norway Minnesota (1 day ago)
Great talk! I'm a dyed-in-the-wool procrastinater. There is no cure. 😶
No Oo (1 day ago)
This is the best thing ever! It’s like you read my mind! So relatable!
나는야아미 (2 days ago)
내가 제일 좋아하는 테드 영상 중 하나~♥★
Dotti (2 days ago)
*STANDING OVATION AND CHEERS* WOOT WOOT
Dotti (2 days ago)
THE BEST PROCRASTINATION SPEECH I HAVE *EVER* SEEN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!
Saffroon O'Connor (2 days ago)
i literally have an english assignment due tomorrow that i haven’t finisged :))
Dotti (2 days ago)
I have adhd. I am procastinating as we speak.
Dotti (2 days ago)
2:35 WTF i HAVE HOPE!!!😂😂😍😍 YASSSS!!... NOOOOOOOO!!!!
CB (2 days ago)
I already know cause I am one
Anna line (2 days ago)
Are more people not procrastinators or procrastinators?
D. de Guzman (2 days ago)
And I am here, watching while my tasks are procrastinating lol
hamid ibrahim (2 days ago)
i watched 3 mins of the video and said " ill finish it later" and im here finishing it..
Nick Shine (2 days ago)
i should be doing hw rn
Eloise Blower (2 days ago)
Yep. That monkey is my life haha
Kimberly N. (2 days ago)
SO GOOD!!

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