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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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S'mores4life (33 minutes ago)
I need to show this to my mom. Maybe she will finally understand
JakeSlimeslayer (48 minutes ago)
WeirdShit360 (1 hour ago)
the monkey is the captain now
BlueCup eh (1 hour 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 (1 hour ago)
Is anybody else procrastinating by watching this?
Fowl (2 hours ago)
Problem is monkey got desensibilized and now panic monster is friends with monkey
Wesley Smith (4 hours ago)
I have a sudden urge to study for my math unit test due on Monday. Gotta blast... Or finish this video.
Wesley Smith (5 hours ago)
Currently in the dark playground.
The GamerPro (5 hours ago)
My panic monster left and someone help me find it
Amelia Elmen (5 hours ago)
Love that I found this while procrastinating lol
Eyepatch Morty (6 hours ago)
If you are reading this comment you are in the dark playground.
Travis17 (6 hours 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 (6 hours ago)
So when you work....are you procrastinating procrastination?
dsdskdkw (7 hours 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 (8 hours ago)
如意 (8 hours ago)
my exam is tomorrow and im watching this
Lucy Wu (9 hours ago)
Great analogy of the panic monster and instant gratification monkey!
Horizon Sky (9 hours ago)
Anyone else using this to procrastinate ?
mark traver (9 hours 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 (10 hours ago)
Purposely pausing the video and going through the comment section in order to procrastinate one's homework.
Chocoleyt Mint (10 hours 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 (12 hours ago)
I watched this video last week and really wanted to post a thank you comment. Finally, I did!
Sumbul Bilgrami (12 hours ago)
Wow I was one of the earlier viewers and now I see that this talk has got 16 million views!
Sydney Williams (12 hours ago)
literally popped up in the middle of me writing an essay the day before it is due. :D
anisha abbaraju (12 hours ago)
I've never felt something harder than I felt this video lol this guy is such a mood
O___ O (13 hours ago)
_This was recommended for me_
don quixote (13 hours ago)
I'm Doctor Procrastinator.
Cristina Holme (14 hours 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 (14 hours ago)
Came across this while procrastinating
Jan Kostadinov Rucks (16 hours ago)
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 (17 hours ago)
This is so relatable
Arif Fahmi (19 hours 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 (20 hours ago)
Aaron Mcgarry (20 hours 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 (21 hours ago)
Unfortunately my panic monster has taken a human form... It's name is- Mom
Jammie Fondue (21 hours ago)
You can tell the drawings were last minute.
gillian lim (21 hours ago)
Why is this me
Thomas Deveson (21 hours ago)
watching this instead of writing my thesis that is due tomorrow
Michelle Cannes (22 hours ago)
12:20 The guy with the mustache in the foreground of the audience looks ASTOUNDED
Gabriela Hutter (23 hours ago)
This is such a fat mood
phoxiasmeow (23 hours 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 (23 hours 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 (1 day ago)
내가 제일 좋아하는 테드 영상 중 하나~♥★
Dotti (1 day ago)
Dotti (1 day ago)
Saffroon O'Connor (1 day ago)
i literally have an english assignment due tomorrow that i haven’t finisged :))
Dotti (1 day ago)
I have adhd. I am procastinating as we speak.
Dotti (1 day ago)
2:35 WTF i HAVE HOPE!!!😂😂😍😍 YASSSS!!... NOOOOOOOO!!!!
CB (1 day ago)
I already know cause I am one
Anna line (1 day ago)
Are more people not procrastinators or procrastinators?
D. de Guzman (1 day ago)
And I am here, watching while my tasks are procrastinating lol
hamid ibrahim (1 day ago)
i watched 3 mins of the video and said " ill finish it later" and im here finishing it..
Nick Shine (1 day ago)
i should be doing hw rn
Eloise Blower (1 day ago)
Yep. That monkey is my life haha
Kimberly N. (1 day ago)
Ava Turner (1 day ago)
My instant gratification monkey is getting less and less scared of the panic monster...
Ava Turner (1 day ago)
I'm exactly like this guy omg
Jeffery Baggins (1 day ago)
I want to write in my journal what I must do but I can’t stop doing other stuff, like watching this video
Pepe Pérez (1 day ago)
Youtube somehow KNEW that I should be preparing my presentation for tomorrow and made this automaticly pop up to keep me procrastinating. How cruel!
reagan💛 (1 day ago)
I procrastinated for 3 days to watch this
sebastianxftw (1 day ago)
This guy reminds me of Doug DeMuro
GT-FTW (1 day ago)
Guys please be proud of me. I was actually able to survive through the whole video :D
Paidaishe Zengeni (1 day ago)
This is not a Ted talk this is just stand up comedy. He's a funny guy.
Khushi Chauhan (1 day ago)
I've literally procrastinated watching this video
Marcos Ferreira (1 day ago)
I'm procrastinating watching this. i gotta do homework right now!
Ekaterina Sky (1 day ago)
The best TED talk of all times!
kunalsh! (1 day ago)
Truely said
RS Phoenyx (1 day ago)
Stop reading the comments and get back to work
ahh yes like when I get to draw a picture or something?
Vismaya R (1 day ago)
Im procrastinating on figuring out what i wanna do with my life and the panic monster isnt showing up
Flippy fun02 (1 day ago)
My life makes a little bit more sense now.
Who's watching this while procrastinating? Cause same .....
AlbinoSpottedFrog (1 day ago)
procrastination has taught me how do do 30 minutes of work in 4 hours and 4 hours of work in 30 minutes
wasmr (1 day ago)
I had this video in my "watch later" playlist for a while ;). Great conference!
I found out I can procrastinate my actions into what I was procrastinating away from, with a simple reversal of process. Instead of sitting myself down and saying "do homework" and my monkey says "ok, just check out this YouTube video first". I instead sit myself down whilst telling myself to "do something fun and useless", and opening the procrastination tab in my browser, I instead switch over to my homework while feeling wrong about that instead. Suddenly? Easier to do. Easy? No. Works every time? No. Think the trick is to not trick the monkey away, but unsurpressing the panic monster when you know he's there. Also why it's easier to do closer to deadlines (and probably why I failed whilst writing this comment).
elodie yalita nzapa (1 day ago)
I dont have a panic monster and I proooocraaaaastiiiiinaaaaaaaate!!!!
Xenovity (1 day ago)
Me. Assignment due in 6 hours. I think I'll wait 30 minutes before the due time for the Panic Monster to kick in.
motivation (1 day ago)
negan vs rick, a b
Rosemarie Legros (1 day ago)
الوصفة الطبيعية و المضمونة في علاج المشاكل ضعف الانتصاب و القذف السريع و قضيب صغير للاستفادة من المنتج يرجى التواصل مع الطبيب مصطفى المالكي على الواتساب 00212689611487 خلطة رجال الصحراء هو علاج طبيعي وكل أعشابه طبيعيه ١٠٠٪ ولا يتسبب أي أثار جانيه امن تماما. كريم رجال الصحراء هو العلاج الأكثر مبيعا في دول العالم عامة وفي الشرق الأوسط خاصة بسبب لنجاحه مع كل زبناء اللذين استعملوه كريم رجال الصحراء منتج مرخص من هيئة الغذاء والدواء فوائد كريم رجال الصحراء 1-يحفز على تكبير القضيب 2-مفيد لي تأخير القذف 3-يساعد على لانتصاب لا تترددوا وغيروا حياتكم للأفضل... نحن نرسل المنتج لجميع دول الخليج و دول العالم
Judith Kangleon (1 day ago)
watching this awakened my panic monster lol
Ruthanne Fields (2 days ago)
Moral of the story: don’t trust moneys (change my mind)
katteratta edwards (2 days ago)
Before I watched this I thought about if I should charge my laptop or not
Alex Concrete (2 days ago)
I have homework, studying, and a big art project due tomorrow along with two finals. It is 12:30 am and I should not be watching this instead of getting to it...
xNeurotic here (2 days ago)
I bet he procrastinated whilst finding an mri scan so he just drew the scan 😂😂😂
Marshall Curtis (2 days ago)
"Advanced civilization" = Hard and unfun.
Pue Lumiere (2 days ago)
It's 2:40am, I have an entire group project due in a few hours, My partner hasn't done a thing, I have one page, _Help_
Mako Next (2 days ago)
This guy fucks
Grace Aitchison (2 days ago)
I thought the title read "Inside the mind of a masturbator" What?! Inside the mind of a masturbator is pretty obvious. 8---> {0}
Veronica kovpak (2 days ago)
Just remembered I have a test tomorrow and I didn’t study... I’m going to bed.
Veronica kovpak (2 days ago)
5:26 She does *not* look impressed
Khadijah Rashid (2 days ago)
The life calendar unleashed the panic monster
Jennifer Bruce (2 days ago)
I'm literally procrastinating on writing a paper that's due tonight by watching this. Why did he mention papers at the beginning of the video???

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