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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/ Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup. 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: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Ha Phu Nguyen (31 minutes ago)
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Dessi Anderson (52 minutes ago)
i procrastinated watching this video. i added it to my watch later list like last year.
SaraLilli Videos (2 hours ago)
The end part tho Edit: Nah, there’s a few thousand weeks left
Nikhil Krishnan (2 hours ago)
Tim forgot to talk about the Resigned Racoon that appears when you're in the eleventh hour and there's absolutely no way you can finish your job, so it basically says, "Meh, can't be helped" and goes back to sleep.
jerry backer (6 hours ago)
Thank you
Kurt Horton (6 hours ago)
I am procrastinating on a late paper by watching this video on procrastinating.
Saba (12 hours ago)
The monkey is the devil, trying to make me waste my life. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
The6980 (13 hours ago)
I live in the dark playground
Brzoskwiń Morderca (13 hours ago)
I've been fighting with my monkey for a long time. Tried books, courses, did mind exercises, meditation, strong will. I've won battles but she keeps winning the war. Does anyone know how to kill the monkey?
Rami (14 hours ago)
I need to stop watching youtube and delete my fb account and avoid instant click virtual stimulation. For this i need to find healthier and better everyday activities to replace them with and shut down the monkey.
Amy :D (14 hours ago)
I feel like procrastinators are actually lit people look at all those comments and profile pictures
Atono Khatsü (15 hours ago)
Never seen such interesting and on point comments 😆😆😆❤️
isak Bernard (16 hours ago)
Who else is watching this while they procrastinate
Krystal Markus (17 hours ago)
My mind in a nutshell
HELIX (18 hours ago)
Top ten anime battles: instant gratification monkey vs physics assignment
Hipsterjelly214 Real (19 hours ago)
The time when the homework is due. It’s fine. It’s fine. I have two options 1. I could finish it now extremely quickly and look like a complete fool with the type of homework I handed in. 2. I could think of a great excuse but get my excuse rejected by the teacher and look like a complete fool by not doing my homework. There is a third option 3. Planning a thing that’s more serious such as a fire or a meteor launched at the school and have the teachers forget the homework overall, but then get caught seriously and probably ruining your future for the rest of your life. So, reply which option you would choose.
Hipsterjelly214 Real (19 hours ago)
I feel I’m very accepted with all you guys because most of you guys procrastinate. My family, a different story. Especially my mom.
Hipsterjelly214 Real (19 hours ago)
I’m pretty sure this is human evolution. Most of the time, people don’t know what to do with themselves productively. That’s what I think.
Tyler Durden (1 day ago)
This post literally helped me solve Procrastination. https://medium.com/@kartikeyrai_9293/procrastination-cant-end-totally-3fd3e6369db2?source=friends_link&sk=623088635cd4976bac48e52072007b95
David Lawrence (1 day ago)
These comments are masterfully crafted..
Pankaj Sharma (1 day ago)
I'm not procrastinating.... I'm pooing and what am I suppose to do in here... Better I watch this clip
Isa-Bella (1 day ago)
Im supposed to be writing an essay due next week, eh i'll get to it later
Abhijit Nayak (1 day ago)
Kill the 🐒 !!!
Alma Lopez (1 day ago)
This is a strange moment... I am procrastinating watching a Ted talk about the procastination... And I have to practice...and now I'm going to watch a ted talk about practice in classical music... I have a lot of problems... you know
Daphne Coffee (1 day ago)
This was awesome...lol. I ran into this video while researching work for a paper that's due by midnight! (I can guarantee the panic monster is outside my room door!)
JiminnieCricket (1 day ago)
yeah sure all you organised people may not have all that conflict and chaos in your brains but us procrASTINAtors have a THREE PERSON PARTY AND IT'S LIT
vine01 (1 day ago)
seems like just expanded method of Arnold J. Rimmer to study for his AstroNavigation exam.
Random Saidkik (1 day ago)
Easy with the internet guys. If you notice, most of the things that distract him are from the internet. It's a helpful tool but the biggest sites are designed to steal our attention. Don't let it steal your time.
Kya Wil (1 day ago)
nice
fighter life (1 day ago)
My life summary in 14 minutes and 4 seconds D.
KikoTheShibaInu ? (1 day ago)
My procrastination monkey makes me unable to do my homework So I take off a day to finish my homework and sleep Procrastination Monkey:
Jon Thompson (1 day ago)
I'll watch this video later
Nguyen Nam (2 days ago)
I have two projects due for 1 week, it’s due tmrw and it’s 11.27pm rn yet I’m watching this vid, this monkey has become King Kong or something
Yucie Hayashi (2 days ago)
The number of views show how many procrastinators there are in this world. The number of likes in this comment show how many procrastinators are procrastinating by reading through 2 years worth of comments. Hi there, I am glad I'm not alone.
Manny (2 days ago)
I watched this instead of doing heart surgery oops rip mr sliver man
Peggy Rená (2 days ago)
Mel Robbins had an interesting take on procrastination. She said procrastination is stress/anxiety. You are stressed out by finances or a divorce... When you go to work and have a list of phone calls to make, your brain goes into protective mode and says “I don’t want to do that, I think I will watch ‘Cat Videos’” Her suggestion is the “5 second rule” 5-4-3-2-1 -GO... Commit to just 5 or 15 minutes; 90% of the battle is just starting. Most people will continue working. I like to calendar block 2 hours with 15 minute break, and not break for lunch.
Chanjana Ilangovan (2 days ago)
This is one of my favourite Ted talks.
Squirrels are cute (2 days ago)
Yep I'm not ending my procrastination today I'm just gonna be a fly on the wall today thank you very much
Elijah James Ikpeme (2 days ago)
Amazing video
Saara Suhayl (2 days ago)
Why is this my go-to video whenever I’m procrastinating 😂
Games and things (2 days ago)
lol im watching this to get me to revise, even with dead lines i could not rlly care till the morning of the dead line
Gwen (2 days ago)
Is it bad that I'm starting my essay and presentation about this Ted talk the night before its due?
Putri Anastasya (2 days ago)
Tq for subtitle Indonesia
JaneDoe (2 days ago)
I'm always in the orange zone.
Too close to home!
rizzle beats (2 days ago)
if you are reading this comment by scrolling down you haven't learned anything from this video 😂
rizzle beats (2 days ago)
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 👌
Tom Brown (2 days ago)
I'll comment on this video later...
JackJackKcajify (2 days ago)
two things in this guys mind, easy and fun. so basically this guys an idiot?
Milos Ilic (2 days ago)
I got late in school watching this video
Doujutsu Master (2 days ago)
Embrace your toxins(procrastination, not putting first things first.) coz they're you. Healthy people are miserable but embrace your health too.
Lucas Buikema (3 days ago)
I am watching this for the first time right before a test about this video. I can feel the irony
Squirrels are cute (2 days ago)
Same mine is tomorrow at 8am and it's 5pm now 😂
moushi (3 days ago)
im in that long period of the "youtube spiral" moment rn
Nev (3 days ago)
Procrastinators are amongst the most frustrating people to be involved with when you are not one yourself....I have been trying to get a divorce for the past 7 years....
Ryle Machovec (3 days ago)
Panic Monster should come around more often
Preemie 05 (3 days ago)
I should be studying right now, but why not watch a YouTube video first! Then another while I’m at it! One more? Five more? 2 hours of watching videos? This could go on forever . . .
HYPNOYOU EllieBrown (3 days ago)
Bloody brilliant !
Domo and Ash (3 days ago)
My monkey is still well and alive right now, jumping all over in my head...
FelipeVR (3 days ago)
Lmao my monkey is the fucking Grodd from The Flash
Raylene Hawking (3 days ago)
I relate to this guy so much. I had six weeks for my research paper. Did a 29 pages research paper in one night while skipping two days of school but I got a good grade nonetheless lmao
Guillaume Fontaine (3 days ago)
The only reason I know for procrastinating is when you don’t like what you are supposed to do.
oooopsie
james oyler (3 days ago)
I'm procrastinating right now
NA JS (3 days ago)
I am procrastinating on my ideal actvity of procrastination, pls halp
Kroxo (3 days ago)
I was going to write this comment tomorrow.. That was 3 years ago
Alison's World (3 days ago)
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
CUTESolutions (3 days ago)
We have recommended this video to hundreds of our participants. An absolute must see.
Gustavo Luiz (3 days ago)
that calendar box picture is eye opening
Darius Z (3 days ago)
from now i'm not gonna procrasinate anymore!!! really i will!! reallly!!! really!!!. . . . . .really monkey!! we are not friend with the monkey!! really not!! . . . .please don't monkey!!! i'm not!! really!!! . . . . . .let's watch family guy i think!!!
Justin Dodge (3 days ago)
Get out of my head Tim Urban!!!!!!
lol lmao (4 days ago)
this is a perfect analogy
JAYTHEGRAY (4 days ago)
Me: comes home from school Also me: homework can wait i have so much time ......
Evomre (4 days ago)
If the audience were true procrastinators, they wouldn't even show up.
Mk 13 (4 days ago)
I don’t deserve to be called out like this
Mk 13 (4 days ago)
I mean I do, but still
Sophia Weeks (4 days ago)
Me, painting a wooden box and scrolling through my Watch Later list instead of studying for finals: ooh, a video on procrastination!
Gabriel McKay (4 days ago)
I am watching this instead of doing my homework! 👍🏻 I got this!
w9s9 (4 days ago)
so whats the solution again?
Jidge Animations (4 days ago)
Homework is due soon and I need to get it done. I know! Let's procrastinate by watching a master procrastinator talk about procrastination!
Finn Dowdall (4 days ago)
We are listening to our master
The TamTam (4 days ago)
I am watching this while I should learn for science 😂
niel Gt (4 days ago)
So not helping me watching this when i should be grading my students' paper due tomorrow
Amir Mahdi Khorshidi (4 days ago)
I think one of the possible ways to Solve this instead of relying on a deadline is to trick the monkey by *finding gratification and joy in the work you suppose is labor intensive*. This way both the monkey and the rational thingy will settle on the work you should be doing.
Amihan A.M. (5 days ago)
i'll watch this video after checking my ex best friend from highschool's facebook profile
0 13 (5 days ago)
I procrastinate so often I fail to accomplish the task I set forth for myself. It’s a revolving cycle and can’t get out of the dark playground.
Jamie Smith (5 days ago)
The explanation of the brain of a procrastinator is so my brain
JJ (5 days ago)
I'm supposed to print out 2 papers for my essay and take a shower and yet im still watching this video and it's 10:05 PM and i have school tomorrow
LerbyTV (5 days ago)
Nom nom nom nom nom, we have cookies :)
Kolbeinn Rökkvi (5 days ago)
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.
Elisabeth Petersmann (5 days ago)
I’m procrastinating right now as I am watching this
S. K. (5 days ago)
The woman at 5:28 looks like she is having a flashback to Vietnam War lmao
Natoru 2204 (5 days ago)
I talk to myself a lot, and 80% of the time I'm arguing with myself.
Squirrels are cute (2 days ago)
Same!
Becca Fox (5 days ago)
Right at this moment is Monday, 18. March 2019. It's 18: 59 o'clock right now in Croatia. And RIGHT at this moment this video have 19 million views, 6,7 thousand dislikes and *666 thousand* likes. That's all I wanted to say. Thanks you for your attention and have a nice day!
Ishaq Hussain (5 days ago)
After viewing this, I feel happy to be part of the procrastinator master race.
Judie Chakass (5 days ago)
supposed to make a huge research for tomorrow yet i find myself here
Igary (5 days ago)
This video motivated me to do my homework
Bob Hazen (5 days ago)
As I procrastinate by watching this video of a procrastinator speaking on procrastination, I procrastinated further by pausing the video to watch a different and completely unrelated video, then return here to finish the procrastination video and then procrastinate more by reading the comments of other procrastinators.
theaveragejoe (5 days ago)
i should be studying for my midterm tomorrow but instead, im watching motivational videos on how to beat procrastination
GraceyLIKEABOSS (5 days ago)
hey guys i looked at that life calendar and maybe this was obvious to you but it just clicked for me, that we will spend most of our lives as 'old' so there's an even better deadline if you want it, enjoy your youth while it lasts
Chautari Hub (5 days ago)
666k likes 6.6k dislikes
Sn0w CrAB (5 days ago)
That moment where there is 666k likes, 6.6k dislikes, video posted April 6, 2016, and the top comment has 6.9k likes.

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