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 KGlove 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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    never before have i been so offended by something I 100% agree with

  • Marwane Marhoussi

    Marwane Marhoussi

    14 мүнөт мурун

    to anyone who is unable to stop his procrastination cuz it "works" everytime, LISTEN TO ME, YOU NEED TO FAIL BIG. it may sound pointless and idiotic to alot of people but its crucial to anyone who's trying to quit it. I have been personally dealing with deadlined procrastination for years and years, and every goddamn time, i keep repeating the same mistakes of overestimating my capabilities and underestimating the amount of effort and time my projects needed. And with time, it started becoming second nature to the point that i was unable to do something abt it even when i was willing. The moment i snapped back to be in control and my whole system was rebooted was when i had one of the worst college semesters u could possibly imagine, i bombed every test i took in finals but what really shattered my overconfidence and overestimation was seeing people from my class who weren't even that bright get high scores thanks to their consistent hardwork each day since the begining of the semester. What i felt that day is something that can't be described by words, and at that exact moment, i understood that a change had to be implemented in my life, cuz i never want to be in that situation or feel like that ever again. We're humans after all, life lessons are something to be learned from failures and hardships

  • Viaticseawing


    30 мүнөт мурун

    im not doing a coding assignment while watching this

  • James Byrne

    James Byrne

    52 мүнөт мурун

    He should do stand up

  • Tomzinho Morais

    Tomzinho Morais

    Саат мурун

    this isnt a master procastinator... unless this is how daidus looks like irl

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    I wonder if his presentation was written 1 night before the talk. That would be ironic.

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  • Brett Simonis

    Brett Simonis

    4 саат мурун

    I literally got a procrastination ad when watching this.

  • Pavan Kumar L

    Pavan Kumar L

    5 саат мурун

    Despite of what this world thinks about procrastination, it isn't a Bad thing.
    Nobody procrastinates in Life and death situations.
    I don't procrastinate running if I see an Angry dog coming my way :).

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    6 саат мурун

    Put this video on watch later 😅

  • Sophia Lin

    Sophia Lin

    7 саат мурун

    I’m a take an guess of what happens when the due date isn’t visible
    Example: Exercise
    Since it’s an self goal
    We usually tend to think
    ‘We’ll do it later’ but then later we forget or don’t feel like it. So the Panic monster never awakes because there no due date. But when the unseen due date actually comes, the panic monster freaks and it might be too late. Like in exercise, if your always putting off till later, you won’t exercise that much. That ends in obesity and that’s the deadline. It’s unseen for .

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    no name

    7 саат мурун

    I watch this instead of studying

  • Lily Franvie

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    8 саат мурун

    I procastinated watching this video for 4 years...I feel ready now for the first 5 minutes

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    Speed Junkie

    9 саат мурун

    what I got from this video: "interesting, so you're telling me it's possible to finish a master's thesis in 3 days!"

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    9 саат мурун

    Nice work

  • Honestly speaking

    Honestly speaking

    9 саат мурун

    Only two things you will ever need to know to beat your habit of procrastination: 1. You are not lazy don't call yourself that ever. Call yourself what you truly are: WEAK. Yes, that's what you are weak, not lazy.
    2. You don't lack motivation, either. You lack courage.
    Our perceived reality is a play of words. If you could only learn to communicate your problems to yourself in more honest terms you will have the solution readily available.
    So next time you procrastinate, don't say l am lazy and I lack motivation. Instead, say: I procrastinate cause I am weak and I lack courage. And you will see the difference.

  • Wavy Salty

    Wavy Salty

    10 саат мурун

    The panic monster of mine has disappeared I used to get my work done by the deadline now well almost all my work is late :(

  • Krushal Thakur

    Krushal Thakur

    11 саат мурун

    I procrastinated by saving this video to watch later *BUT, BUT* I saw this video and procrastinated my work... 🙂☯️

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  • moonchild


    12 саат мурун

    but the most dangerous stage starts when the panic monster's life starts ebbing away. slowly, you stop caring. the all nighters you used to pull before exams and submissions don't feel necessary anymore. "i won't make this mistake again," you say after horribly flunking. spoiler: you were lying to yourself and you make the same mistake a second time.
    after the second time, you think "i won't make this mistake again," while subconsciously wondering if you would. you do.
    after failing the third time, you think "i won't make this mistake about," knowing full well that you are 100% going to make the same mistake again.
    but at this point, you can't care anymore because the panic monster is almost non existent and the instant gratification money has spiralled out of control. rational decision maker remains a small voice at the back of your head and it's impossible to listen to it without the voices of self-hate monster and regrets shouting 10 times louder

  • moonchild


    13 саат мурун

    i procrastinated on watching this video for 2 years :/

  • Bram R

    Bram R

    14 саат мурун

    SO many levels of inception going on before i got here and whilst watching this. INCREDIBLE

  • Tanzina Nowrin

    Tanzina Nowrin

    14 саат мурун

    I didn't even watch the whole video

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    14 саат мурун

    I could be a Ted talk member only if you saw me giving them Ted talks in the shower lmfao

  • Carissa N Leipold

    Carissa N Leipold

    16 саат мурун

    My monkey killed my panic monster and we failed 3 out of 5 college classes, so I had to drop out. Woohoo procrastination!

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  • Katherine Casey

    Katherine Casey

    16 саат мурун

    I've been procrastinating watching this video for months...

    No, I haven't watched it yet. Maybe tomorrow.
    Oh wait, my essays that I haven't started yet are do tomorrow. Sigh...

  • Kshitij Luthra

    Kshitij Luthra

    17 саат мурун

    I watched this video, got motivated and went on to add a dozen of the recommendations to watch later🙃

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      15 саат мурун

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    18 саат мурун

    Great, friend.

  • channelforwhat


    18 саат мурун

    What is missing in this cartoon, is a Tiger Mom.
    Revised script would go something like this...
    Undisciplined Monkey : I am thinking of not doing my homework today, will work on it later. Let me have a banana.
    Enter ... Tiger Mom : Of course you are not going to do your homework. Anything else your majesty... your wish is my command..
    15 minutes of flogging followed by 20 minutes of sobbing...
    & then much later...
    Undisciplined Monkey : My next week's homework is done.
    Tiger Mom : Good, now you can eat half a banana.
    There would simply be no procrastinations. Period. Work gets done weeks in advance in the presence of a tiger mom & does not even get started in the absence of tiger mom. End of Ted Talk. Now get back to doing what you were slacking off to read up on useless comments after watching the 1/4hr long video on youtube .🐯

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    18 саат мурун

    jokes aside, but the "that's one box for every week of a 90-year life" part really shocked me.

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    Northern Pike

    20 саат мурун

    Why did he sum me up in a few sentences...

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    20 саат мурун

    No caps, I am doing an pop art project that is due tomorrow while watching this. *Ironic*

  • Om Kapadia

    Om Kapadia

    21 саат мурун

    Im legit procrastinating right now

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      15 саат мурун

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    21 саат мурун

    When you're watching this video to procrastinate

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    22 саат мурун

    Why am i here, i have a essay due tonight and i havent started it

  • Alex Karwowski

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    22 саат мурун

    I was reading a book until it reminded me of a video that reminded me of this video and 5 minutes in I know who has control of the wheel 🙈

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    23 саат мурун

    We need more Tim urban

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    Күн мурун

    I was Procrastinating by watching this video from doing my work and while watching this video I started to procrastinate more

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    Күн мурун

    Watch me procrastinate this video. I’m better than him.

  • Professor Boogie

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    Күн мурун

    I procrastinate ALL the time but recently, I said to my self "bro, you gotta do this paper done." I sat down and opened my chromebook, read the instructions, and said "I'll do it later." I still haven't gotten it done.

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    Күн мурун

    even after all these years...still the best TED Talk online :D

  • LPZ Stephan

    LPZ Stephan

    Күн мурун

    procrastination has driven me to 3 suicide attempts. hate it.



    Күн мурун

    I am procrastinating sleep rn 👀

  • Austin Helton

    Austin Helton

    Күн мурун

    I had been meaning to watch this for a while

  • Miranda Nein

    Miranda Nein

    Күн мурун

    When a video on procrastination has been sitting in your "Watch Later" playlist for over a year.

  • Andre


    Күн мурун

    “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator”
    *adds to watch later

  • Lilianna


    Күн мурун

    I have 3 assignment due tomorrow and i haven't started either... why am I watching this



      Күн мурун

      Do it

  • jane denardo

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    Күн мурун

    anyone else watching this from the Dark Playground

  • Teemo


    Күн мурун

    I'm watching this instead of working... am I doing it right?

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    Күн мурун

    I need to start reading more Tim Urban’s books!!

  • Oikawas Disciple

    Oikawas Disciple

    Күн мурун

    I feel really called out... Especially with a math project till tomorrow, my English exam, my German homework and starting my Danish exam-

  • V W

    V W

    Күн мурун

    crazy i have a paper due 2 weeks ago and im in a class right now

  • Isabella Robson

    Isabella Robson

    Күн мурун

    currently putting off 2 essays due in a day to watch this

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  • keannaj


    Күн мурун

    is this not adhd

    • Oikawas Disciple

      Oikawas Disciple

      Күн мурун

      nono-- we can concentrate when we just have the motivation but the motivation is usually not there. Its not being unable to concentrate, but about not having the motivation

  • Kaieger


    Күн мурун

    Well I should hand in my work before midnight but I should watch this and procrastinate

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    Күн мурун

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  • Jason Baker

    Jason Baker

    Күн мурун

    Who saw this video said they would watch it and then procrastinated to getting to it.

  • TheYeetus14


    Күн мурун

    So inside my mind?

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    Facundo Aguinaga

    Күн мурун

    I should be working right now.

  • Scray Insem

    Scray Insem

    Күн мурун

    What "priorities over activities" sound like:

    I know what I just said is very confusing

  • Chiara Anton

    Chiara Anton

    Күн мурун

    my final math assesment due tmr and me doing nothing

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    Күн мурун

    Does anybody have those life calendar box Image??I want to paint the week i have lived with a golden color starting from tomorrow.

  • Anna Maria Randla

    Anna Maria Randla

    Күн мурун

    No my entire week's maths work isnt due today, no I'm not procrastinating bumy watching this video, idk what you're talking about

  • calebz Art Gallery

    calebz Art Gallery

    Күн мурун

    "Watch later........" And the guilt continues.

  • Lucy R

    Lucy R

    Күн мурун

    im currently sat here meant to be doing a maths homework and this is pog

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    Күн мурун

    The fact that my panic monster is procrastinating as well

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    I am procrastinating right now

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    Күн мурун

    Me watching it while procrastinating 👁️👄👁️

  • Plathismo


    Күн мурун

    Some day I'll get around to giving a TED talk like this.

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    Күн мурун

    He drew those pictures just before he went on stage.

  • Cheshieruu


    Күн мурун

    no kidding, i was watching a ted talk vid for an assignment due tonight, and then saw this in my recommended. And i just couldn't help click on it.
    i feel called out rn.
    i mean i snapped out of it before i could click on more ted talk vids, but still-- ive done this before, going through a ted talk binge when an assignment is due bc they gave me a ted talk vid.
    god ted talks are so fascinating and short to watch, it's like they've made them to be a binge-able as possible.