Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

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  • Published: 06 April 2016
  • 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.

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  • Yeetroot the Beetroot
    Yeetroot the Beetroot  1 hours back

    I have a giant presentation due tmrw and I haven’t even started

    • Jeff Mans Vlogs
      Jeff Mans Vlogs  2 hours back

      I’m actually not procrastinating

      • L3l
        L3l  2 hours back

        I really cannot focus on the video at all and is reading comments instead. I need help. And my homework is due tomorrow even though I had two full days to finish some 😐

        • Jayst
          Jayst  7 hours back

          "And they said that it... was the best one they've ever seen.

          *No."*

          • rusty screwdriver
            rusty screwdriver  7 hours back

            My journalism teacher made an assignment about this TED talk, since we’re making the yearbook this year and she wants to get the point across that we shouldn’t procrastinate to get pictures of the sports teams, clubs, etc. So here I am, on a Saturday night, watching this video and rewinding when necessary filling out the assignment that was due yesterday :)

            • Bettas And Birbs
              Bettas And Birbs  8 hours back

              Me on my YouTube spiral when I have hw due on Monday and also desperately need to clean my room watching this video and feeling very attacked.

              • Imgood2023
                Imgood2023  8 hours back

                I need to study for my mcat 😭

                • Nexus Akayuki
                  Nexus Akayuki  10 hours back

                  I am currently procrastinating by watching this video....................

                  • Gothic Utau
                    Gothic Utau  10 hours back

                    i was gonna play music while i worked on a paper just now….and now here i am...

                    • Isabella Mcghee
                      Isabella Mcghee  11 hours back

                      *me procrastinating while watching this*

                      • Thotiana
                        Thotiana  12 hours back

                        For me the only time I do important things without deadlines is to procrastinate even longer on things that do have deadlines haha

                        • Mazarev
                          Mazarev  12 hours back

                          I watch this while procrastinating

                          • Michael Kelley
                            Michael Kelley  12 hours back

                            That Australian and Norweigian New Year just doesnt add up and its the wrong damndoor handle for the apartment number ! Cy Young and Ted Williams both hate them for that manipulation...

                            • Bleach Is needed here
                              Bleach Is needed here  12 hours back

                              Im procrastinating right now.

                              • صوفيا
                                صوفيا  14 hours back

                                great guy, can RELATE SO BAD

                                • Chigrik marak
                                  Chigrik marak  14 hours back

                                  I did that and I've failed 3 semesters and going.

                                  • Crystal flame22
                                    Crystal flame22  14 hours back

                                    I’m here procrastinating on school work watching a video about procrastination

                                    • Joseph García
                                      Joseph García  15 hours back

                                      And the solution is?

                                      • Nigward the Holy Spirit
                                        Nigward the Holy Spirit  15 hours back

                                        I need to do a paper right now, but I am watching this Video.
                                        What is wrong with me?

                                        • Anything-type Channel
                                          Anything-type Channel  15 hours back

                                          This is boring why so many people watch this video?

                                          • Anything-type Channel
                                            Anything-type Channel  15 hours back

                                            What’s it mean to pull all-nighters?

                                            • Matrick13
                                              Matrick13  15 hours back

                                              soooooooo... who actually went to google earth and started scrolling?
                                              (cause i did)
                                              (and i was procrastinating by watching this speech)
                                              (and now im going to go do some other bull crap)
                                              (fml)

                                              • Aryan Hussain Khan
                                                Aryan Hussain Khan  16 hours back

                                                How did they get in my mind?

                                                • Kai De Guzman
                                                  Kai De Guzman  17 hours back

                                                  Basicly Me...

                                                  • The intellectual Mole.
                                                    The intellectual Mole.  18 hours back

                                                    im meant to be doing a math assessment that's gotta be submitted by tomorrow. Is it bad that I am watching this...? XD

                                                    • Wesley D
                                                      Wesley D  19 hours back

                                                      sounds about right

                                                      • Daniel Clover
                                                        Daniel Clover  19 hours back

                                                        Im watching video about procrastination while procrastinating

                                                        • Daniel Clover
                                                          Daniel Clover  19 hours back

                                                          I think I dont have a deadline, thats basically just monkey always having fun. . .i cant really control my mindd

                                                          • holland thompson
                                                            holland thompson  20 hours back

                                                            they made us watch this video in school

                                                            • Unknownymous Creature
                                                              Unknownymous Creature  20 hours back

                                                              This is why I dont get awards even If I'm smart




                                                              Ill say it later...

                                                              • Jeremy Yoon
                                                                Jeremy Yoon  21 hours back

                                                                Anyone in September 2019?

                                                                • Murtaza Naqvi
                                                                  Murtaza Naqvi  21 hours back

                                                                  *Finally, a TED talk I can relate to*








                                                                  P.S I'm watching this while I'm supposed to be doing a project

                                                                  • Lucifer seventh
                                                                    Lucifer seventh  22 hours back

                                                                    I spent one and a half day without sleeping finishing 30 essay outlines, 1 essay, and 1 presentation in AP Lang. I thought this was bad, but apparently not bad enough...

                                                                    • Suri R.
                                                                      Suri R.  22 hours back

                                                                      I feel seriously attacked

                                                                      • VIDIT
                                                                        VIDIT  22 hours back

                                                                        It used to happen with me. I was the worst procastinator in my school. It brought havocs into my life until one day i changed my perception about myself. I AM NOT A PROCASTINATOR. I changed my self perception and started to think in a different manner. I could resist the monkey and it was surprising that i could change my worst habit so easily with change in my self perception. It is all funny but the pain you face around the deadline of a project is something we all want to resist. You become what you think. I hope you could change your views to become the person you want to be.

                                                                        • Sebastian Neff
                                                                          Sebastian Neff  23 hours back

                                                                          I watched this video to procrastinate and now I feel guilty. Wth.

                                                                          • Jm Lucena
                                                                            Jm Lucena  24 hours back

                                                                            i'm laughing because it's literally me

                                                                            • Zen Squad
                                                                              Zen Squad  1 days back

                                                                              why does he look like Asher Angel lol

                                                                              • Keisha Manalo
                                                                                Keisha Manalo  1 days back

                                                                                I actually need to do something but instead i watched a ted talk about procrastination

                                                                                • sreekumar unnithan
                                                                                  sreekumar unnithan  1 days back

                                                                                  Very nicely said👏👍

                                                                                  • Jia Elechosa
                                                                                    Jia Elechosa  1 days back

                                                                                    im procastinating with this video about procrastination

                                                                                    • Double Check It
                                                                                      Double Check It  1 days back

                                                                                      I almost didn't finish watching this. I really wanted to, but got distracted.

                                                                                      • Fuad Amirin
                                                                                        Fuad Amirin  1 days back

                                                                                        Me watching this video while proscatinate on my on work....


                                                                                        No regrets

                                                                                        • Angela Warner
                                                                                          Angela Warner  1 days back

                                                                                          This is so true!

                                                                                          • Gabriel Botchway
                                                                                            Gabriel Botchway  1 days back

                                                                                            watched it in 2017.. im here watching again in 2019 😂😂😂 best ted talk ever

                                                                                            • alt_f4 _me
                                                                                              alt_f4 _me  1 days back

                                                                                              Eheh heh heh... I'm definitely _not_ in the dark playground right now. _I have _*_sooo_*_ much work to do._

                                                                                              • スウィート * ミミキュー

                                                                                                I have a 7 page essay due on Monday, and it's almost the end of Friday today. I have work tomorrow and plans on Sunday.

                                                                                                Guess where I am on writing that essay?

                                                                                                • Doggo savior
                                                                                                  Doggo savior  1 days back

                                                                                                  I was watching this while procrastinating