Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban


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Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

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: 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 Follow TED news on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel: .

Comments to the video: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

HB FS 3 minutes ago
This is true for me. It's like my brain says Lets get that he done but my body doesn't want to move and I end up doing other things but what a want all while screaming in my head how I'm a idiot for not doing it. This summer I procrastinated hard on hw and my panic moster never came.
DEEPAK JOSEPH 1 hour ago
Will complete this later.🐒
The K1ller Bear 1 hour ago
I get work done with no deadlines one the monkey thinks being a nerd is fun
Luke Phillips 1 hour ago
I’m procrastinating by watching this instead of writing an essay that’s due tomorrow
Lisa L 3 hours ago
This sounds like my brain, but I'm not a procrastinator. I do have ADHD. My mind runs all over the place at all times. I don't procrastinate on purpose. I just run down a thousand different rabbit trails while working on one topic.
Jonathan Rodriguez 4 hours ago
I hate myself for having this problem.
IceTiger Yurio 4 hours ago
My Venn diagram is non existent. One circle for rational. One circle for monkey. I will literally procrastinate on sleeping up to 3 days, basic needs like eating, drinking, just don't come to me. I'm in the dark playground a lot. Living in the moment I guess smh
Eleonora Ilieva 7 hours ago
Damnnnn funny 😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅 It's whole zoo. is the balance baby. the real important things don't have limited time for doing them. The mess is actually not a reason for panic. The planning is reason for panic. When you start planning in the same moment you starting to panic. by changing the perception you managing to balance the fictional according to the real. the master is the one who know that there is no such thing as limit and plan. If there is no limit and expectations, there is no suffering and emotional disbalance.
MinnieDill 11 hours ago
Anyone else hear what he said about scrolling across India on Google Earth and think. That's such a good idea ?
José Amarildo 11 hours ago
I'm procrastinating while watching this video.
Rounak Chourasia 11 hours ago
Best ted talk I've ever heard
Paris1927 12 hours ago
Who else came here because they were procrastinating?
strinx 13 hours ago
I killed my panic monster long ago
weeg91 16 hours ago
dove in slow mo dived
Margarita Gross 16 hours ago
accurate.
Bella Cruz 17 hours ago
I thought this would just be a funny Ted Talk, turns out its so profound. Amazing!
Bjay _jw 17 hours ago
I had a 7 page history paper, waited until the NIGHT before to start it. got an A - :)
Ernesto Cano Carrill 23 hours ago
They should have ted talked Spongebob
Abdullah bin Bobby At-Taaeb 1 day ago
This is a 5 mic classic!
Last Romantic 1 day ago
It is almost as he was interpreting some passage of the Bible because the truth there is unquestionable.
Mauricio Palomares 1 day ago
I really like this talk, I've watched it about 5 times now
IH N 1 day ago
That life calendar gave me a panic attack
Anime Wolf Gaming 1 day ago
I'm actually a procrastinator.Usually do my work the morning it is due..in the car to school..make plans to do homework at lunch..don't.and I instead watch youtube.And people ask me HOW! JUST HOW! And I reply with. There's a lot more interesting things to do,and even when I have nothing to do, that's more interesting than doing homework. So..when my grades are in jeopardy and it's the day the homework is due..I'll do it.As fast as I can.
Huppim Muppim 1 day ago
The problem is this. People especially students overwork their brains and get no physical work or exercise. This would help their mind. Switching from mental activities to physical ones and exercising both proportionally. Also, getting good sleep and not eating too much or upsetting your stomach. And staying away from stimulants.
Denae Rangel 1 day ago
I'm procrastinating by watching this.
Bryan Black 1 day ago
You're just an alcoholic dude. You just never tried the specific drug of choice that would spiral your life down the toilet ending in prison or death. For some it's alcohol and some it's something else but the brain is the same. Welcome to the club.
Rachael Dikrats 1 day ago
wow same
ป๊อป ธิลักษ์ ซาชาร์ลส์ 1 day ago
Oh! This guy is amazing. ^_^ Tim Urban, Now you are my Idol. ^_^
Michael Jackson 1 day ago
Why didn't I see this earlier
Hira Matloob 1 day ago
Imma fight this monkey now bye. just one more video kekeke
Cobby G 1 day ago
this video is firmly in the Dark Playground
Rohan Baidya 1 day ago
Makes me gratified that I'm not the only one suffering from it
Ayush Jain 1 day ago
why all the downvotes?
도킹 1 day ago
JM 영상을 보고 성지순례 왔습니다
Monkey Village 2 days ago
Ted Talks, poems, researching perler bead ideas, and writing is my Dark Playground. You might think that doesn’t sound bad. But those are my night time Dark Playground. My day time Dark Playground is friends and family, perler beads, writing, funnier YouTube videos, Netflix, Hulu, and soon school. This sounds pretty great, right? The Rational Decision Maker is saying to read, work out, get good sleep, drink a reasonable amount of fluids, and eat a reasonable amount of food. I have a problem. A quiet type 2 problem.
Talan Watson-Ponsford 2 days ago
Ha, just realized i'm watching this while doing an Essay, Whoops
Kaushal Ram Sathesh 2 days ago
how to break the habit of playing in the dark playground?
Aditiya 2 days ago
I'm glad my random click bring me here
bouncingaround_likeafairy 2 days ago
This video doesn't take into account the fact that the universe is doing its part as much as we are. We're not the only factors of change in our lives or power of creation
Noc Noc 2 days ago
Meanwhile I'm watching this at 2 a.m. while doing an architecture assignment due in 6 hours.
_ FlobberNasher 2 days ago
I think my monkey grew brave enough to attack my panic monster. I will procrastinate basic necessities like, food. I will go days without eating just because the monkey wants me to watch YouTube.
Mia Maguire 2 days ago
Lol watching this while procrastinating to study for my test tomorrow
Daniel Jennings 2 days ago
The sad thing is how accurate it is
DrewTalks 2 days ago
Loved it, thank you.
stephany rangel 2 days ago
procrastinated my project by watching this LMAO
Elizabeth ॐ 2 days ago
when he said dog, my dog sat up and was tilted his head LMAO
Gregory van Duyse 2 days ago
Geert Hofstede has a dimension of culture Long-Term Orientation. He said this dimenssion actually predicted if a country would become wealthy. Check it out: . Countries with a high score in Long-term View of Life (the rational decision person) are becoming rich while countries with a low score or short-term view of life are poor. Its really procrastination versus a slight-edge habit.
Gilliganfrog 2 days ago
The only point of this video seemed to be to inform us that short-term deadlines confine procrastination to short periods. while an absence of deadlines allows procrastination to be open-ended. You could demonstrate that, while still being entertaining and amusing, in about 2 minutes. Most of this video was a waste of time.
Jim Ertel 2 days ago
Just amazing 👍🏻
Celina Buechelé 2 days ago
I’m laughing so hard because I know a few things about the panic monster
Anurag Uikey 2 days ago
I had planned to comment here since this video is released.
Kevin in Paradise 2 days ago
Back to work now.
Rissapartyofone M 2 days ago
Will this stop me from procrastinating. as i am now?
J C A 2 days ago
Read the description: leading thinkers and doers. meh! I like the outsiders. I am out
Vigor Bro 2 days ago
Screw that monkey. Having me up at 3 AM doing my homework thats due in 3 hours..
Cerugon 2 days ago
The panic monster is a side product of the same mechanism that makes the instant gratification monster.
Fifun ScaredyCat 3 days ago
i once had a weekend to do my english oral exam. Friday i saw the silence of the lambs, saturday i saw hannibal 2. then on sunday eve the panic monster got me to do the assignment. Then i got an A. Feelsgoodman
lacrymal1 3 days ago
(8:35) I've totally done the same thing. Google Earth is addicting.
the crazy cowgirl 3 days ago
That part where he said something about watching YouTube when you should really be doing something else.. well that's 100% understand. It's now around 12:30 am when I really should be sleeping but. No my monkey started me off with just catching up with my usual YouTube routine but then. try not to laugh videos lead to funny animal videos than it was James veitch videos and all his videos plus more lead me to this. and if you just read all of what I just wrote you probably have more productive things you probably could be doing or your like me and have no life. either way if you've read this far down my comment. HAVE A GOOD DAY AND A WONDERFUL TOMORROW!!
Chester GC 3 days ago
ARE YOU CIRCLE TOONS HD????? SAME VOICE. At last I saw your face aha.
Bluebird 3 days ago
I'm procrastinating right now by watching this video instead of drawing
Chester GC 3 days ago
4:20 Actually let's read the entire Wikipedia page of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal because i just remembered that that happened I'm just crying x'D it's so true x''''D oh
k. k. 3 days ago
My monkey knocked out my decision maker and now there is just a monkey left
dat one guy named gabe and he also likes stuff 3 days ago
i should be working on my schoolwork ugh
Drewniany Toster 3 days ago
my whole life in a 14 minutes video
Ava Hunziker 3 days ago
It’s creepy how he’s describing me so fuckin well like I’m ashamed right now
Shezad Majumder 3 days ago
The videos below just may change ur life:
Alexandra B 3 days ago
I am procrastinating working by watching this video._.
Aryan Hegde 3 days ago
My monkey seems to be a lot lamer than his monkey scrolling up google earth mine would go let's binge friends for the seventh time
PaiN ExoTiC 3 days ago
My theory is this: no one is lazy. We just don't want to do things we don't want to do. For example, what you consider to be boring and a dread , other people may consider neutral , interesting , or even fun. Someone may hate writing, no matter the topic. Yet some other person may love writing, no matter the topic. I don't consider the person who hates writing lazy for not wanting to do something they don't enjoy: which is writing. We simply want to avoid pain (avoiding things we don't enjoy) and maximize pleasure. Would you call someone who enjoys writing papers lazy for not wanting to engage in something the person who doesn't enjoy writing papers enjoys (like exercising or playing sports, for example)? Obviously not. This is why laziness doesn't necessarily exist, in my view. Another thing we must bring into account is money and economics. If you're born into a household where you have money to your advantage, you will not have to worry about things to the same extent as other less well-off people. If you're born into a wealthy country, you will not have to worry about things to the same extent as people from poorer countries. You don't have to worry about getting As in school or following a designated path to make sure you get the right grades to get into the right school to get the right degree to get the right job. I don't know. I just feel like it's more complex than people make it lol.
PaiN ExoTiC 3 days ago
Another thing we must take into account, aside from just interests, is abilities. You wouldn't call a fat person lazy for stopping 1/4 a way into a mile run because a person who's in shape runs a mile without stopping lol. Same case applies to intelligence (in all it's forms). Even if someone doesn't necessarily enjoy writing papers, them having the ability to think things out logically or them being more knowledgeable about a given subject may give them an advantage over someone else, making it easier and faster to write that paper.
Hala Douda 3 days ago
* insert comment on how you are procrastinating by watching this video here *
Emira Fathurahmi 3 days ago
I feel like God has showed me a clue that I should have just done sth that i should be done in 3 days ago
MrZythFx 3 days ago
youre all going to die soon, thank you.
Toxic Clone 3 days ago
sounds like adhd haha
Ashley 3 days ago
I’m sadly procrastinating on sleep for this vid :|
Baise Toi 4 days ago
Best 14 minutes wasted doing nothing useful -my instant gradafication monkey
The Tongue Of Angels 4 days ago
My first box: get my splits and start writing my story.
Maddie Grace447 4 days ago
I was procrastinating by watching this instead of doing my homework
Seiaeka 4 days ago
I am procrastinating on my portfolio by watching this.
sad blu 4 days ago
I'm procastinating by watching this.
Marjon Enriquez 4 days ago
I'll watch this later
Tymz89 4 days ago
TED: moneymaking motivated talkshow who procrastinates everyone by talking about it ?
carmen • carnation 4 days ago
This is the most accurate thing I've watched.
Nikki M 4 days ago
I am watching this instead of annotating a 153 page book due tomorrow that I started today
ordinarylover 4 days ago
Wait, so now you can go around and explain why you are lazy and that is a thing ? Do they pay you for it ? Oh, boy! I had a career all my life and I did not know it.
ordinarylover 4 days ago
We need to talk about your faeces ? What kind of school is that ?
Tatum Peebles 4 days ago
You did stuff so there is hope for us.
Charlie Draper 4 days ago
Brilliant.
SeaTofu 4 days ago
I'll put this on my 'watch later' list.
Viduran Apputhurai 4 days ago
This video appeared on my Youtube home page for at least one year. I only watched it now, while procrastinating :')
Moa 4 days ago
My math teacher made us watch this😂
Flash 4 days ago
Watched after 2 years of this in my Watch Later. Legendary.
Explicit OW 4 days ago
Anyone else get here while when doing a paper of their own?
souhitya sen 4 days ago
So fucking relatable
Online Radio School 4 days ago
Need to study English grammar Zzz.ooh a video on procrastination.
Life Measure 4 days ago
This is Exactly me
sherrysicle 4 days ago
my panic monster isn’t strong enough. if i have something due the next day i usually will stay up really late but not to actually do the work but procrastinate more. i won’t sleep bc if i’m sleeping i can’t finish the work but even when i’m awake i’m not doing any work even when it’s due in like 3 hours and i end up sleep deprived and an F on whatever thing was due.
Bitty Bean 4 days ago
.god damn it I'm supposed to be fixing my sleep schedule for school next month!
Director Kid 4 days ago
I want to hang that life calendar up on my wall.
Mayuri Jape 4 days ago
I saw this while procrastinating 🙈