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 NLflow 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.

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  • I’m totally not watching Ted talks when I have a history project due in 18 hours 😅

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  • I almost feel empowered enough to do something. almost

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  • A procrastinator not watching this because it's almost 15 minutes long LMAO

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  • watched this video in high school and related a lot to it. years later I'm now in my last year of college and I came back to comment that I simply had ~undiagnosed ADHD and executive function issues~

    Layla MartinezLayla Martinez7 uur geleden
  • The funny thing is, I watched this video to avoid reading an article I need to read for a school paper! What a great watch! Wish I had seen this earlier!

    Ayah MoustafaAyah Moustafa7 uur geleden
  • I procrastinated and there was no deadline. 1 year went by.(this quarantine) I took a picture of myself for Wattpad status. Got shocked by what I saw. I know mirror is there and all but the photo of you and the you when you were a year younger side by side,yeah huge difference. It was not only about my body. My phone usage,my singing,my dancing and many many more declined. Thankfully that was enough for my panic monster. And I'm trying to catch up now.

    dark fightersdark fighters7 uur geleden
  • I saved this for later😭

    Diya VDiya V8 uur geleden
  • bruh this video has been in my recommended for so long

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  • Rational thinking : lets do it now Monke : watch this video about me Video ends Rational thinking : lets get started Monke : no, lets read the comment section first

    Samuel GrasiaSamuel Grasia8 uur geleden
  • What I do to lessen procrastination or chasing the deadline is I change the deadline. I make it early so that I would do it early too. I keep in mind the "fake" deadline that I made so that I would be done with my work in a swift.

    princess dianne hernandezprincess dianne hernandez12 uur geleden
  • how ironic i saved this video for later a year ago

    wyatt masuskapoewyatt masuskapoe13 uur geleden
  • The picture also seems like he had made them one hour before the talk.

    AprajitaAprajita14 uur geleden
  • Im a procrastinator and can confirm this is completely true

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  • adhd

    Theresa ChicklesTheresa Chickles16 uur geleden
  • I’ve hit the point where the panic monster has just given up, he no longer panics and now it’s nothing but procrastination, and I end up not completing anything

    Lol YLol Y18 uur geleden
  • I am watching this video to procrastinate 😐

    Alexa DuarteAlexa Duarte18 uur geleden
  • Im a half procastinator lmao. So last week we were given an assignment and due was 7 days. I finished half the work in the first day and then stuff happens days goes by and i start the second half on the 7th day

    RyanRyan18 uur geleden
  • Im a huge procrastinator and a lazy person. Terrible combo XD

    IdkWhatToPutHereIdkWhatToPutHere20 uur geleden
  • homework cries

    Five OilersFive Oilers22 uur geleden
  • I've heard... Procrastination is a symptom of ADD

    Angel CareAngel Care22 uur geleden
  • I’m totally not procrastinating right now 👩‍🦯

    Lucy ParrillLucy Parrill23 uur geleden
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  • God why is this so relatable,,

    Jess WangJess WangDag geleden
  • imagine procrastinating while watching the video about procrastination

    Aryan BangadAryan BangadDag geleden
  • I know someone who doesn't procastinate to end things they do not enjoy, but having trouble to start things that will bring them joys 😂 They often remove unwanted problems immediately without thinking about how to solve. Then, they cannot stop themselves from procasting in non-deadline situations which are their plans from the beginning. I do not understand those people 🥲

    MaiieeMaiieeDag geleden
  • I've had this video in my Watch Later for 5 years.... lmao

    Anna DMAnna DMDag geleden
    • Same

      Khushnaseeb KhanKhushnaseeb Khan16 uur geleden
  • me watching this while procrastinating on my project

    riley jonesriley jonesDag geleden
  • My Monkey told Me to watch this video intstead of studying

    Jett JettsonJett JettsonDag geleden
  • I became unmotivated and a procrastinator because... it's not that I didn't chase my dream, I did everything I needed to get a biology degree yet no one will give me a chance in hiring me for a relevant position. Then that makes me think "then what's the point in even trying?"

    darkprince56darkprince56Dag geleden
  • sadly my monkey doesn't run away when the panic monster comes, instead the monkey comes up with an exuse to skip the whole project

    Rouxls KaardRouxls KaardDag geleden
  • I'm watching this while planning on setting my alarm to 3:30am so I can finish the 5 homeworks that are due tomorrow which were set a week ago before I go to school and being so quite my parents shall not wake up to me studying. Life's (Not so) Good.

    Shaf_M013Shaf_M013Dag geleden
  • Need to finish more than one project but I have too many things to do. Like procrastinating.

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  • I procrastinated on watching this video 😔

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  • that calendar just gave me lifelong anxiety

    AlytellaAlytellaDag geleden
  • This video's part of my Dual Enrollment course and I've been procrastinating on watching it for a week. The assignment that goes with it is due in less than 10 hours.

    rxdiantfaithrxdiantfaithDag geleden
    • It's been 10 hours. Give me your status report, soldier

      ZakaizuZakaizu3 uur geleden
  • Once when I was supposed to work on a school project, I ended up on the Wikipedia site for the English wood industry in the middle ages. I don't remember how I ended up there...

    Penguin LordPenguin LordDag geleden
  • Help!!!!! My panic monster doesn't wakes up 😬😬🤧🥶

    Sarthak BhoiSarthak BhoiDag geleden
  • I should be studying but instead decided to clean my closet to clear my mind while doing it so I can “study better” and now taking a little brake watching Ted Talks cuz well.. I deserve a brake 🤦🏻‍♀️

    Jessica RodriguezJessica RodriguezDag geleden
  • Three years later, still one of my favorite Ted talks!

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  • Those 16k dislikes got exposed and are scared to change....i am too, but it's a must

  • *Deep*

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  • this is fun hahahahah

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  • I am supposed to be writing a make up essay right now

    Cosmic KnightCosmic KnightDag geleden
  • Best Ted talk

    Mohammed QutubMohammed QutubDag geleden
  • cant relate, I don't procrastinate I just merely set aside school work for another day, then another day, then another day.

    a losera loserDag geleden
  • Not me finding this video when I should be working...

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  • watching this instead of doing my homework due tomorrow 😩

    Arin LegardeArin LegardeDag geleden
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  • Guess what I’m doing rn

    Mr LineMr Line2 dagen geleden
  • Me watching this with a essay due tommorow:

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  • Tim please do your homework tim youll have to go to summer school tim please just do it its just an art assignment tim its not that hard tim just do it tim please bro

    deez nutsdeez nuts2 dagen geleden
  • I am suposed to do my homework but I'll just do it after I watch this video

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  • I am the audience and he is giving a whole lesson about my brain 😩😩😩😩😩 This is so accurate

    Nicolette Rachel KharigusNicolette Rachel Kharigus2 dagen geleden
  • uh oh

    KSP KingKSP King2 dagen geleden
  • That moment when you come across this video while procrastinating 😂😂🤣🤣

    Shristhi BanerjeeShristhi Banerjee2 dagen geleden
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    Valorie GladysValorie Gladys2 dagen geleden
  • procrastinating making the intended video, making the project someone requested, and everything else in my reminders list which likely have been sitting for months. also, i have another project i plan on doing, and that's porting a program to rust. i managed to procrastinate other things, even though i had a rough time with rust. now i'm watching this video about procrastination procrastinating anything. also, this guy sounds like he has a sense of humor.

    JacksonChen666JacksonChen6662 dagen geleden
  • never related more in my life XDDDD

    HaXeRHaXeR2 dagen geleden
  • i'm watching this though I have a chemistry exam. i'm procrastinating

    PooriPoori2 dagen geleden
  • I started procrastinating while watching this video itself 😂🙈

    Souvik RoySouvik Roy2 dagen geleden
  • It's gotten to the point that I've procrastinated SLEEPING. As I type this at 2:45AM on a Friday night. after watching this video.

    Erin FitzgeraldErin Fitzgerald2 dagen geleden
  • the fact that i put this video aside to watch later

    Anna BananaAnna Banana2 dagen geleden
  • This video has been lying in my *watch later* for years.... I guess now its time stop procrastinating and watch it already 😂😂

    AuroraAurora2 dagen geleden
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  • Not going to lie. I’ve been trying to watch this video for a very long time.

    Austin MajaskiAustin Majaski2 dagen geleden
  • I should be making a video rn but I’m procrastinating and watching this

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  • nuts

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    Adela OrtizAdela Ortiz2 dagen geleden
  • I’ve procrastinated watching this video for almost 4 months.

    Jordan EliseJordan Elise2 dagen geleden
  • Me watching this after a whole yt marathon where none of the videos i started watching i watched all the way through

    LeeAnn ParchmentLeeAnn Parchment3 dagen geleden
  • I didn't ask for this psychoanalysis ted

    Alicia SandovalAlicia Sandoval3 dagen geleden
  • It's crazy, I'm consider to be a huge procrastinator even when I plan things days, weeks, sometimes months before I just push them to aside until I'm in crisis mode aka "24 hours or less before deadline". but I either have the best whatever it is that was turned in or just satisfactory enough to pass. It's nice to have that ability of ingenuity to be able to come up with the expected end results on the fly, but it can be incredibly exhausting to do it on a daily basis and it's not a way to live. -_-;

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  • " so qe can get a better feel for india" Vibing so hard rn with this guy

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  • Guess what I've got a mandrill inside my brain😏🚶‍♀️

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  • This was only mildly helpful.

    Hannah RotoloHannah Rotolo3 dagen geleden
  • This video was on my Watch Later list for about a year before I watched it.

    Hannah RotoloHannah Rotolo3 dagen geleden
  • I came randomly and the words changed my life and controlled the 🐒

    Farhan KhanFarhan Khan3 dagen geleden
  • So so True!! Procrastination also has something to do with ... "tomorrow is another day" .. I will catch up tomorrow and then .. tomorrow never comes .. Fear of Failure has a lot to do with it too! GREAT PRESENTATION! Love it!

    Bonita ReadBonita Read3 dagen geleden
  • I am currently supposed to be doing my project and the due date is till tomorrow evening 😁

    Mayesha ShahMayesha Shah3 dagen geleden
  • I have an English paper due in an hour.

    ChrisChris3 dagen geleden
  • ehh later.

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  • brilliantly explained

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  • i told myself i was going to bed at 11:00 now its 11:49

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  • The fact that I'm watching this instead of listening to my clinical instructor. 😃😃

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  • these comments make me feel as though im not alone in the world,, sending love to all my fellow severe procrastinators... also the does anyone else feel that when the task feels too big we just don't start it at all and only do a little bit of work on it like ten mins before then just wing it xox coz me too

    Ariana SimonisAriana Simonis3 dagen geleden
  • i procastinated watching this video for a year. it was in my watchlist all along

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  • a poetic ending indeed

    Kiana KadyKiana Kady4 dagen geleden
  • I´m procrastinating right now watching this ted talk, i should be writing my thesis

    alejandro mendozaalejandro mendoza4 dagen geleden
    • Go now

      Ruairí MaguireRuairí Maguire4 dagen geleden
  • This guy gets me and my struggle.

    Charlie TenEyckCharlie TenEyck4 dagen geleden
  • I kinda feel like I must have like 5 instant gratification monkeys up there. 😕

    Charlie TenEyckCharlie TenEyck4 dagen geleden