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: Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at The TED Talks channel features 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 more. Follow TED on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel:

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o o f : I'm procrastinating by watching a master procrastinator talk about procrastinating

suraj tiwari : If this video isn't enough, proscrastinate by reading comments...

Mahir Cave : My monkey is more like a silverback gorilla

commento cose : This video is on my 'watch later' YouTube list from 1 month...

Ed share : I think my instant gratification monkey has evolved into a king kong.

alectricity _ : His conclusion is really incredible because he gave everyone a deadline. A literal *dead* line.

Linkmon99 : Man all of us watching this are procrastinators LOL

my design : As a professional procrastinator, I've domesticated my panic monster...he's watching this video with me right now !

Naufal Ahmad : The fact that i procrastinate and still get the job done is the reason why i still procrastinate ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค™

ShintyShinto : Who else felt inspired by the video to do something, but then procrastinated by scrolling through the comments?

Klompe2003 : I rarely watch a Ted Talk twice.

Torie LikesPie : I think that my instant gratification monkey killed my panic monster.

Brad Robertson : Years ago, I got a book on procrastination. I haven't opened it.

Caribe01 : 10:23 Guilty PhD student here... by the way, it feels like a support group here in the comments section.

The 1flym : Procrastinating by watching this

Shivani Narendran : Am I the only one who was proud at first but then felt miserable ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ

Pablete Sans : I call upon every procrastinator here to unite and create a procrastinating society But not today maybe tomorrow

Gatch Attack : When the deadline for his 90 page thesis was getting closer and closer I just got a horrible feeling of anxiety and dread. I feel like I would do something like that.

Lou X : I actually have to do homework rn but instead I'm watching this video...๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

matydrum : To all procrastinators of the world: let's unite!... tomorrow.

the beast 711 : who should be doing their homework ? uh me...

SteveDutzy : I suffer from premature procrastination. That's where you procrastinate before even receiving a task.

Heeseo (Kay) Lee : I should be writing..... I should be working.... I should be doing my homework....... I should be working on that big project due next week...... I should be studying for that math quiz tomorrow....... I should be procrastinati- wait what

10 66 : At last I can label myself as a Pro in something.๐Ÿ˜ญ

Lindsay Deegan : Who killed my panic monster

cat lover : I've finally found my people in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€

Conor Gibbs : yo this is just giving me more ideas on ways to procrastinate, time to india scroll baby

Annie Blogger : Just came back to share that I absolutely loved this course "Procrastination Elimination Method" by John Isaac! Got tremendous value out of it and also my procrastination habits have completely disappeared after i applied the methods taught in the course.

Noah Gassler : Me: *scrolls down to post a funny and original comment* Me: *sees that two people have done the same thing in the first five comments* Me: Curses...

rizzle beats : that monkey in my head is like "oops the plan was to keep me distracted on YouTube for another 2 hours but wtf just happened " ... thx mate for finding this monkey in all of us ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Cidjay Sarrazin : Iโ€™m such a procrastinator that I only have the monkey

Jidge Animations : Homework is due soon and I need to get it done. I know! Let's procrastinate by watching a master procrastinator talk about procrastination!

Alison's World : Procrastination for dummies: I have an essay due tomorrow which I still haven't started. Watching this instead (: PS: it works perfectly for me, always get good marks so I keep procrastinating. As we say, "diamonds are made under pressure" and that's true for me

Kamal Bhamra : *Watches YouTube happily.* ๐Ÿ˜‹ Remembers some Homework : *Watches YouTube stressfully.* ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Cass : Me procrastinating by watching a video about procrastinating

Twister : I just realized that I've had this video in my Watch Later playlist for 6 months while postponing it everyday, this aint even a joke guys I need help :(

Natoru 2204 : I talk to myself a lot, and 80% of the time I'm arguing with myself.

Kerry Hates Everything : Yeah... I hang out at that Dark Playground WAY too much.

Kaleb Coleman : If tomorrow isnโ€™t the due date, today isnโ€™t the do date.

Needy Cat : Procrastination is good when you have suicidal thoughts.

Pam S : Every single person watching this video is procrastinating something. We all saw this video and were like "Let's see what's going on inside my head RIGHT NOW." Okayย well, I'm gonna go work on my project now... after I get some food... but while I eat my food I should watch an episode of my tv show... hopefully my show doesn't end on a cliff hanger because then I'll just HAVE to watch the next episode. :)

JAYTHEGRAY : Me: comes home from school Also me: homework can wait i have so much time ......


di : I'm literally procrastinating by watching this and furthermore by reading the comments and then writing my own.

anna : that is the best description of procrastination I've ever seen

essennagerry : It's always depressing to watch anything about procrastination cause I'm much worse than what people joke about is oh so bad.

Elaissa Royer : I am supposed to read a whole book right now it's due tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜ฃโ˜น๐Ÿ˜’ (God help me/bless my soul) Edit:I didn't finish it ๐Ÿ˜ฃโ˜นโ˜น

Sad Comment : Due tomorrow? Do tomorrow.

Kolbeinn Rรถkkvi : If that's a Master procrastinator then I'm a Grandmaster. On another note, It's videos like this that make me wish we still had the old Youtube from 2006/7 with the Star rating system and amount of Favorites that video got. Cause this should be at the top of YT even If It's 3 years old.