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

Lucy Vitek 3 hours ago
when I procrastinate i go straight to my watch later folder which is usually full with like 50 videos and it gives me anxiety and dread to have everything else going on but then 0 videos to watch. and this was in it so, i actually procrastinated watching a procrastination video
Ebola Bear 5 hours ago
I didn't revise for any of my exams, barely passed high school, dropped out of college, and haven't got a job then. 2 years later here i am living off my heritage from a passed relative telling myself Enjoy life now, get a job when you run out of money knowing deep down that i probably wont do that. I'm way too deep into the dark playground. At least i have memes
Victoria Abel 18 hours ago
Omg thannnnkkk for that! I thought I was the only oneeee
Maayan Koren 19 hours ago
I can totally relate to what he is saying specially the panic monster! I've been recommending everyone to checkout Procrastination Elimination Method by John Isaac, it actually helped me get rid of procrastination (including procrastinating when there's no panic monster!). Ignore the hypey sales page of procrastination elimination method. the method ACTUALLY works. My 2 cents :)
Georgina Owen 5 hours ago
Hmm. interesting. Let me check it out
Kelly Buckley 19 hours ago
thanks for sharing your experience
Shari Scott 1 day ago
THAT WAS HORRIBLE. STILL NO SOLUTION TO PROCRASTINATION THAT HAVE NO DEADLINE SMH. HE WASTED 14 MIN OF MY PROCRASTINATION TIME
Random Vocab 1 day ago
im so bad i even procrastinated watching the end of this because i got distracted looking at the side videos. =/
Why Do I exist 1 day ago
yes
Mano Samy 1 day ago
Ooooo my gad Very Interesting
Java 1.1 1 day ago
I have an essay due in 2 hours. haven’t touched it yet
Flaming Shadow 1 day ago
I have 5 pages of homework left I have to do, due tommorow. WELP
Alex Stauffer 1 day ago
I'll watch this later.
Hannah Martini 1 day ago
me: has my gcse's tomorrow (uk version of SATs) monkey: let's rewatch the procastinating video for the 16th time
XSquibX 1 day ago
How many people are procrastinating by watching this video on procrastination? lol
Genius Idiot 1 day ago
Huh, I’m a procrastinator not a broken sloven pile of human Excrement good to know!
Celeste Wright 1 day ago
Does anyone else have a guilty grump in their head? Cause, for me, he's worse than the monkey. He hangs out in the corner the whole time you are doing nothing (the dark playground), then when you fail horribly, he comes in and smears goo on all your important thoughts, the rational division maker, and the monkey. Then when ever something comes to cheer you up, he repeatedly smashes it into the floor, tells you your not worth the kindness, and then forces the monkey to do fun things, that only make you feel worse.
Maxim Chebanenko 1 day ago
i’m in the “dark playground” rn
Stella Ivy Vinet 1 day ago
This talk is so relatable
Moon Base 1 day ago
I just saw an add for scientology WTF
Alvaro Rocha 1 day ago
My instant gratification monkey brought me here. :)
The Random 1 day ago
OMG Im A Master Procastinator.
Kusnul Istiqomah 1 day ago
Actually, I'm procrastinating by watching this video haha. I think the monkey want me to learn how to talk on public. Haha.
skye skies 1 day ago
Feels like someone talking behind me :( i have this problem. :(
Darth Magister 2 days ago
What happens if you lost your panic monster?
Hous Gf 2 days ago
I have one of the most important exam of my life in two days and I haven't study yet.
Will Snook 2 days ago
I have my final politics exam in two hours and found myself watching this instead of learning about Single Transferrable Vote
DidierDeluxe 2 days ago
I've put this video in my Watch Later list over a year ago and I only watched it today. :|
Mendicant Biased 2 days ago
I paused part way through to Google stuff for an hour. I paused again to write this comment. I've been watching this video for about 2 and a half hours now.
Eric Bergevin 2 days ago
Add to my Watch Later playlist. I'm excited, though.
D 2 days ago
Very interesting and funny!
William Bouret 2 days ago
Dang I relate too hard
1454LOU 2 days ago
I was going to watch this.later.
Muhammad Haque 2 days ago
I was gonna get stuff done but.
Qasim Mir 2 days ago
Those Professor Richard Feynman videos.🙏🏼😌
Uzair Ali Javed 2 days ago
This has been sitting in my watch later for 5 months
린엔드 2 days ago
My panic monster gave up on me, what do i do now?
Brandon Cast 2 days ago
I'm supposed to be on my way to work..but this seemed more fun
tayokarate 2 days ago
I ll watch it later guys
Tara Odea 2 days ago
Added this to my watch later
Niklas Wohlfahrt 2 days ago
I'm in the dark playground right now
sriram pingali 2 days ago
I'm in the Dark Playground right now, and I think the monkey poisoned the panic monster? What do I do?
Pravin zavare 2 days ago
Video is finished now what..
prashanth G 2 days ago
Monkey brought me here
pangtsr 2 days ago
So THIS is what the Oatmeal looks like? Huh!
HD Hemel jos 2 days ago
add to Bangla Subtitles place
Emily Mae Darby 2 days ago
I enjoy the irony emanating from the fact this video is part of my procrastination journey today
focus oO 2 days ago
Lol that google earth thing was genius i am try it now
Jinang Shah 3 days ago
Wow.
Katie Ronald 3 days ago
I'm watching this video because I'm procrastinating
Karina Soetama 3 days ago
I'm supposed to be doing an assessment assigned last, last week that I haven't started on and is due tomorrow​.
Andre Carvalho 3 days ago
I closed the other 6 youtube tabs after watch this video! Thanks!
Amanda Zayas 3 days ago
well maybe non-procrastinators are just people who procrastinate on procrastinating
Nate Shonkwiler 3 days ago
This guy copied a church I go to
That_Seagull 3 days ago
I wrote an entire wind tunnel research paper the night before it was due. Me and my team member thought we had another week to do it. Ended up getting a 91, not too shabby.
Furious321 3 days ago
This video sat on my Watch Later list for six months before I got around to viewing it.
Braco 3 days ago
*Monkeying around intensifies* (`ಥ╭⊥╮ಥ )
Jackson Overland Frost 3 days ago
im fine with easy and fun. THATS WHY I STILL PLAY POKEMON!!
H. Celine 3 days ago
this video makes my current procrastinating less procrastinating, right?
Fleur Hufflepuff 3 days ago
I paused the video when he said that 'the college said it was the best paper' and I told everyone. THen he dropped the bombshell and I decided to stop watching this video and revise for my exam tomorrow.
BigRiddimMonsta 3 days ago
I can be a professional procrastinator one day but not today.
sota 3 days ago
Watching this video right now instead of starting on a project I have to deliver in 2 days. The project started in febuary. I am fucked.
Rohail Sheikh 3 days ago
About that india thing? yea I did that once. Funny how to world works. Imma go not do my homework now :)
jortikka a 3 days ago
I had this problem, but then I got a calendar
mystic wolf 3 days ago
LITERALLY ME. IM PROCRASTINATING WHILE WATCHING THIS.
henrik daugaard 3 days ago
Am I the only one that feels really good if i know i'm not the only one procrastinating? For an example if i'm writing an essay and one of my classmates havesn't started either. It's just the best.
Kirsten Young 3 days ago
Hahaha i am watching this instead of doing my homework
Seth Maskovich 3 days ago
*parents:* What are you gonna be when you grow up *me:*
Tinea Spamm 4 days ago
I relate to so much of this - I just found out how much of a procrastinator I am
Ernest Duversaint 4 days ago
When you watch this video and you're like you only have one monkey to all your friends but you know you got like 5 monkeys in your head.
honhek dgreat 4 days ago
the problem is, my monkey was smart enough that it killed the panic monster.
Quinspirit 4 days ago
Actually, that damn monkey brought me here away from my thesis works
hussein nasibu 4 days ago
watching this with less than 24hours on my exam......
H B 4 days ago
Aah the monkey brought me here
Luke Fossati 4 days ago
Procrastinating rn by watching this video
THE Gaming WALRUS 4 days ago
Procrastinating while watching this
Crazy Awesome675 4 days ago
This is soo me ex I have a few things due that are test grades in a week I guranteee u instead I will be binge watching 13 reasons why on Netflix or binge watching YouTube
Kristy Benz 4 days ago
Yes, I procrastinated by watching this too. but I LOVED it! Thanks :)
Ignazio Acerenza 4 days ago
I wrote my 150 page thesis on 10 minute intervals between the 7 matches of DotA 2 (40 min-1 hr) id play every day. I couldn't believe the grade when it dropped. Best moment of my life.
Raik B. 4 days ago
i have exams in two days and im watching this video, and well. till this point it didnt get me to do a thing. 3 in the morning. damn
Blue Dragon 4 days ago
Half way through watching this I realized that I was supposed to be doing a test and hours of homework. :( Byee
Celeste Wright 1 day ago
Wow, lucky! Half way anyway.
Blue Dragon 1 day ago
Celeste Wright Even better than it was supposed to, my teacher actually forgot to open the test back up for me after school, (long story), and just excused the assignment and I didn't have to take it. I still had to work on homework until I had to sleep though. Stupid homework.
Celeste Wright 1 day ago
Blue Dragon how'd the test go?
Phantastic Castiel 4 days ago
I'm actually procrastinating as I watch this oof
SciPanda 4 days ago
Currently self-employed trying to launch a business, but the monkey has locked up the rational thinker. Maybe a calendar is what I need.
Fawn Robertson 4 days ago
Excellent!
LavkaSh Bhardwaj 4 days ago
Well ! I have my exam after two days. Here, I am. Thank You. my Instant Gratification Monkey. :)
voicetube 4 days ago
Watching this video was/is (as I type this) a procrastination… Ultimately it started out to be a Dark Playground action, however, being that it's instructive about just this ailment, , it sort of nudges over into the Makes Sense circle (thank goodness… as I do have to look out for my big picture… Now where is that Wikipedia page? :-)
Bre Westbrook 4 days ago
started out like hey thats me lol and it turned into oh man, that is me. real quick.
captain punch 4 days ago
He just explained the part of my life I don't understand with a monkey
Blue Harmony 4 days ago
That I'm failing my IGCSEs. This is Blue and welcome to my Ted talk.
Thunderbolt 4 days ago
What if my goal in life is to not procrastinate so I can get rich and spend the rest of life procrastinating 😎
Thom 4 days ago
I'll watch this later
Zehra Betül Koçak 4 days ago
3500 dislikers are instant gratification monkeys
K. Karthik Kosoor 5 days ago
so thankful to the panic monster for all his work till date. :)
Charlie Cooke 5 days ago
Read the chimp paradox
Eugene Pong 5 days ago
Imagine having no panic monster but an instant gratification monkey.
Impala 67 5 days ago
I always procrastinate. And then I lie in bed, watch a video about procrastination and get super anxious, but still do nothing.
Jacob Magnusson 5 days ago
I just want to tell how true this is. I have a speech in english (which isn't even my first language) toady and I have yet to start writing the speech. I have gone around and planed to do it the last week but because of the monkey, nothing has been done. Now, when I'm about to have the speech in 3 hours, the panic is starting to kick in and i can't do anything about it. So what the monkey is doing now is to go into youtube and watch this amazing video for the 4:th time.
MALLAVARAPU prasad 5 days ago
Procastination isn't a disease, it is an attitude.
Geoffrey Van Horn 5 days ago
Got a new couch 3 months ago. Still in pieces. Haven't felt like putting it together.
tanya lloyd 5 days ago
Procrastination people are incredible becau
Shruthi Maniyodath 5 days ago
Let me add myself to the other procrastinators in the comment section shamelessly procrastinating something while watching this. No regrets though. Loved his talk. Now Imma go check out his blog.
validate my existence 5 days ago
It would seem i have procrastinated achieving the title Master Procrastinator -.-