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

electronic fox 15 minutes ago
is it bad I watched this late at night with 4 pages left on my report that's due tomorrow. Nah.
Manuel Montufar 1 hour ago
Aha! So its the monkeys fault!
Noah Ferrara 2 hours ago
may or may not have a semester long project due tomorrow. oh, i'll finish it tomorrow morning lol
Miguel1118 3 hours ago
Me after watching it: Whoa awesome video, it will be very useful. *Autoplay next TED video*
Xhosant 4 hours ago
Yea, well, the panic monster's done its worst and yet I survived. Now the monkey's fearless.
britt payne 5 hours ago
I looked this up specifically to help myself learn how to not procrastinate, and am procrastinating on my chores. my deaDLINE IS soon that family arrives home, and yet, here i am. learning lol im sick!.lol
Bebo18 5 hours ago
Not having a deadline really fucked up my life. I've been stuck since 2014. Im 22 so I haven't started my life.
Gaytri Pabari 8 hours ago
Right now, I'm in the dark playground. :(
Rhys Clark Film & Media 10 hours ago
the irony behind the fact that TED talks almost exclusively exist for people to procrastinate watching them lol
Kronocide 11 hours ago
I did all my homework before watching this video , i'm proud of myself.
Kronocide 11 hours ago
THAT'S SO TRUEEE
FastBrainTV 11 hours ago
great talk amazing speaker
솔부 12 hours ago
my own gratification monkey (i have no name for him yet cos i just discovered it just now) brought me here...
Amnesia patient 15 hours ago
im really worried how this vid keeps appearing on my recommended
vishnu surendran 20 hours ago
Thanx now I can procasinate much more effectively 😄
Faye Gwenn 21 hours ago
This is me. This is just me.
Shadow Destiny 23 hours ago
anyone else realize you're in the dark playground right now?
Cringeworthy Commenter 1 day ago
Actually I think I read your post awhile ago. Now I'm seeing this video. You will believe this. I procrastinated to see both of these. Fun times! Can't wait to slap Myself in the face and wonder how stupid I am! :,D
Lenny Popa 1 day ago
my instants gratifucation monkey told me to watch this video. But i don't feel too guilty about procrastinanting this time because this is semi-educational.
JOSEPH HERNANDEZ 1 day ago
His website - ~ For the monkey
JOSEPH HERNANDEZ 1 day ago
He's making me watch this and now look up who Tim Urban is.
JOSEPH HERNANDEZ 1 day ago
Can you help me vanquish my monkey?
Ramanashiva Selvaraj 1 day ago
Super video
Christopher Onfroy 1 day ago
Eye opening and hilarious😂 I'll attempt to make changes. maybe.
RDX baba 1 day ago
Welcome to the procrastinating world the comments feed
ibrahim öztürk 1 day ago
as i start to watch this video, i hadnt known the meaning of procrastination. later on a couple of minutes, i wondered and looked up on the dictionary and bam! it was too late to procrastinate to watch.
Juanín García 2 days ago
Let's put it on my bookmarks to watch it later
Tafia Sabila Khairunnisa 2 days ago
the instant gratification monkey is really the devil, shaythaan
Nina Dawson 2 days ago
I can relate
Insanity Cat 2 days ago
Funny thing is, I'm watching this instead of studying for my history midterm tomorrow
Jordan Richardson 2 days ago
How to procrastinate while watching a video about procrastinating?
Keeper Film 2 days ago
explained my entire life cartoons lol
kvtassel 2 days ago
Goals, schedule, and journalism.  That's what you just said.  Going to college is nothing more than goals, schedule, and journalism.  Oh, by the way, Journalism is A, B, C, D, and F.  Great expense and fees go into paying for that drill sergeant called college or university.
Tulika Choudhury 2 days ago
I already wasted 17yrs
S 3 days ago
The first reason is because we are not interested in the subject we are studying. The second reason is that we hate being tested and finally life is much more than being in the rat race period
Mr. Hughes 3 days ago
This has been sitting in my watch later for ages.
Jack Paulson 3 days ago
wow. the burden seems simple when you paint complex issues with a single brush. mediocore jokes aside, this guy is the panic monster for every procrastinator out there. nice work you stupid turd.
Othun s Gungnir 3 days ago
Calculus exam tomorrow
Eric B 3 days ago
I was supposed to watch a video about English history. Somehow ended up here.
Enrique Senior 3 days ago
Monkey brought me here!
ABRAHAMGOLDENBERG 3 days ago
good luck to anyone who has an exam tomorrow
TJ Reynolds 3 days ago
Time to clean my room! *begins watching ted talk about procrastination**Video finishes* Let's do something productive! *Begins writing YouTube comment*
nikonxxx 3 days ago
Intellectual circus
Caldature 3 days ago
One time when I was procrastinating I read the entire murderwiki on Albert Fish.
Vaping Eagle 3 days ago
I'll watch this later
EmmylouBauer 3 days ago
I procrastinate procrastinating while procrastinating. I think I should probably talk to someone about this.
Traveel 3 days ago
This motivated me to work on my paper! Tomorrow. And the paper is due two days from now.
Traveel 3 days ago
I bet 90% of you are watching this on the toilet.
Terēze Neimane 4 days ago
I procrastionated watching this video for like a week and when I finally did I did it to procrastionate.
杨嘉萌 4 days ago
The guy is brilliant and hilarious! I want to be a TED talker one day!
Hannah Gonzales (Grade 07) 4 days ago
i am so a procrastinator darkplayground
sheny g 4 days ago
Where are u panic monster😭😭
Colorless Oz 4 days ago
12:16 *Second row all the way to the right.* keep watching him. On a deeper note, wow this spoke to me good. I needed to hear this because literally I has just not ten minutes ago crying about (yet again) not doing something I have wanted to do but have never been able to do and let alone get around to DOING it. when I literally have everything I need in my house!! and I know that when I had goals that didn't have a deadline I would purposefully either 1. bet a friend I could do it before such and such date, or 2. make a day with myself and ( most of the time it was money) I would make a chart to track how much money I have saved up for that specific goal
Cambria Gerrits 4 days ago
I hate this so much. It made me do productive things.😤
Jamie Greenberg 5 days ago
im watching this WHILE procrastinating
ancoraspot 5 days ago
Well, it was funny, but he actually didn't say anything but what we already knew.
Brody Piller 5 days ago
I hate procrastinating, but i can't stop. Failed maths because i left it incredibly late and had no idea what i was doing because i even procrastinated getting help. Ahh it's annoying, but i love it.
B Vineeth kumar 5 days ago
My Panic Monster is Dead, after I started college :'(
Artyom Timiriazevskaya 5 days ago
I watched this video hoping that i'll learn a physical way of getting rid of procrastination. I mean it was pretty educational and helped me understand myself more but still it doesn't help really much? What am i supposed to do? Set deadlines for myself? I procrastinate way too much even when i have deadlines (set by others, not myself). My rational decision maker always knows that I must work for my own good, I must do something with my life , but still I don't.how do I make that monkey less and less powerful? I had times in my life where I didn't procrastrinate a lot but now I'm a total mess, even if i find motivation for something it's not enough. Even now I took a break from writing a paper (which took me a lot of strenght to start writing) and a 10 minute break turned into a 30 minute break.well, time to fight monkeys again
red cat 5 days ago
My rational decision maker is also a monkey!
Vineet Giri 5 days ago
This is exactly my life 😢😢
Fiona Vaughn 5 days ago
I've had this video on my 'watch later' list for months. only watching it now because the irony was too much to bear.
Heng Cai 5 days ago
Fucking brilliant.
bubbles mc 6 days ago
I chose watching this instead of working on a project 💀😂
Eliot Bern 6 days ago
One day I'm going to watch this.
Chelsea Morais 6 days ago
This is exactly me. Amazing talk ❤️
thepantsbtsperformin V 6 days ago
hoping my life long procrastinating misery would end by watching one video
Dr Chuck Piscitello 6 days ago
I'm using this to procrastinate my work
Tejas Kumthekar 6 days ago
Started watching to procrastinate, putting a comment after watching to procrastinate. Feels bad but still typing to procrastinate.
Facundo Ardusso 7 days ago
This is so funny, but this dont help me to stop preocastinate :/
Cam Bam 7 days ago
I think my panic monster died, I have assignments due tomorrow and I haven’t started them yet
Life Gummies 7 days ago
Stop at 0:22, look at his face. Stop at 1:17, look at his face. See the difference? Naw
silver 28 7 days ago
I saw this in class today it's one of my favorites now
Shado 99 7 days ago
Im going to lose weight, be in my best physical shape and live happily ever after ~ Me 5 years ago
Ирина Долгова 7 days ago
i should print this life calendar and hang it on my wall
Ирина Долгова 7 days ago
i'm watching this instead of writing my thesis
Oles 7 days ago
I made a chrome extension for procrastinators, check it out if u want
Erick GP 7 days ago
“Self-forgiveness for procrastinating appears to be constructive in the short-term by allowing the individual to overcome the negative affect associated with an earlier task and engage in approach-oriented behaviors on a subsequent similar task. Learning to forgive the self for procrastinating will likely be beneficial by reducing procrastination, but also more generally by promoting feelings of self-worth and more positive mental health.” (Wohl, Pychyl, & Bennett, 2010) Wohl, M. J. A., Pychyl, T. A., & Bennett, S. H. (2010). I forgive myself , now I can study : How self-forgiveness for procrastinating can reduce future procrastination. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(7), 803–808.
ryan requiero 7 days ago
what will happen to the world if everybody is a BOSS? procrastination is some kind of a blessing in disguise to humans.
mohamed madouni 7 days ago
Watching this while I'm supposed to be studying.
Josef Cross 8 days ago
I must get some work done now.. oooooh look, youtube video suggestions just for meeeeeee!!!
Bruce MacDonald 8 days ago
What on earth is the last minute for if not to get all the work done?
rbpompeu1 8 days ago
Bla bla bla as most of TED Talks
Gabrielle Tadla 8 days ago
I actually got up from my bed and applauded after that. I RELATE SO FUCKING MUCH! I may or may not be procrastinating right now. i should go. OR I COULD WATCH THE POWER OF INTROVERTS TED TALK
ROBERTA DE PACE 8 days ago
The instant gratification monkey took me here
Aoife Murphy 8 days ago
Hi I am in the dark playground
Mr. V 8 days ago
i remembered adding this video to my watch later 2 weeks ago. now i am watching it
Kai Schreurs 8 days ago
3:05 ARE THERE PEOPLE WHO DON'T PROCRASTINATE?????? edit: 12:42 nevermind
Jejnf Bdbfjn 8 days ago
Procrastination monkey made me almost fail summer school in 7th grade (which might I add was literally the easiest things ever). why was I in summer school? Because the panic monster never woke up early enough that year if at all :( but happily I’m in 9th grade now and the panic monster is starting to do its job a little better and I have A’s B’s and C’s. But I only have C’s because of the monkey Also the procrastination is like really bad because I do it with literally everything, and I have a horrible memory and those two don’t pair up well and it sucks (Sorry for so much to read I’m just kind of venting and it fells good to just say it all, I’m gonna vent a little more if you don’t mind) Ok so the last thing I’m gonna say is all my teachers since 1st grade say I’m a very intelligent and capable child because I do well in understanding everything in the class it’s just I never turn in anything that isn’t assigned the day I got it because the second I get home I don’t do anything
pau'u 8 days ago
0:50 marking my spot so i can finish this video later.
Mamie Navran 8 days ago
perfect, the feeling of guilt I always have.
KimTaehyungStoleJimin'sJamsAndCalledHimAbEACH 8 days ago
just realized im procrastinating rn lol
Bravo Papa 8 days ago
I Recently began watching TEDx Talks and this is the best one so far, stupid monkey!
Sanchit Sharma 8 days ago
I'm procrastinating on my homework for watching this.
Anonymous Singh 8 days ago
From India!
Kathy Gu 8 days ago
its 1:20AM and i have a 5-page paper i need to write for class tmr on a thesis i haveN'T created yet and the IRONY HURTS SO GOOD
Zoey Love 8 days ago
Do not watch! It is extremely unhealthy. It does not reward the instant-gratification monkey, instead it summons the panic monster, and it gets hard work on the roll! lol. This is what I get for looking up procrastination videos to procrastinate on never ending personal projects. You ruined it for me! You ruined. my instant-gratification monkey extending my vocabulary, learning new ideas and concepts, and achieving nothing. with 32,850 boxes on a single screen! I only have 23,725 boxes that aren't guaranteed (if I don't make it to 90!) left!
Haleigh Walker 8 days ago
I really enjoyed this and wasn't expecting the ending
Taylor White 9 days ago
I finally got around to watching this video.
Sampletaco 9 days ago
gucci gang is so cringy