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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Comments • 38 759

  • Tamilore Adebayo
    Tamilore Adebayo  34 minutes back

    This guy is my spirit animal. That said, I procrastinated watching this video for almost 2 months and then procrastinated writing this comment for 5 days.

    • DarkKat72
      DarkKat72  1 hours back

      Im watching this lol
      Im meant to be dping homework

      • Flippin tomato
        Flippin tomato  3 hours back

        This was probably one of the best ted talks

        • rig4365
          rig4365  4 hours back

          I saved this to 'Watch Later'

          • Destinys Wish
            Destinys Wish  5 hours back

            i mean i don't have a panic monster

            • Yugahang Limbu
              Yugahang Limbu  5 hours back

              One of the best ted talk I've ever had

              • Fun Fings
                Fun Fings  9 hours back

                me meant to be studying for exams next week but instead is watching a video about procrastination, trying to justify myself

                • Geneva Cazares
                  Geneva Cazares  9 hours back

                  Low-key suppose to write an MLA summary essay about this but I procrastinated and it's due tomorrow. It's midnight so it's due in 10 hours, I got time...... or do I?

                  • Gabe Hleg
                    Gabe Hleg  11 hours back

                    Idk if this is procrastination or adhd

                    • Ray-Zide's Music
                      Ray-Zide's Music  11 hours back

                      Accurate

                      • Zoheyra Bent BoRouis
                        Zoheyra Bent BoRouis  12 hours back

                        ...or how to talk about death without freaking out your audience! Good one!

                        • Curtis White
                          Curtis White  13 hours back

                          There had to be drugs involved.

                          • Aurelion Sol
                            Aurelion Sol  13 hours back

                            dude this is basically the dude who saves the group presentation. like you can tell he rushed it, but it was still a bloodydamn fine talk

                            • Sierra Dow
                              Sierra Dow  13 hours back

                              I AM PROCRASTINATING WATCHING THIS THIS IS A PROBLEM

                              • shananagans5
                                shananagans5  13 hours back

                                This inspired me. I am going to really apply myself and stop procrastinating !!!
                                Starting first thing tomorrow.

                                • Unknown
                                  Unknown  13 hours back

                                  Me procrastinating to watch this video for an assignment 🤧

                                  • Wayne C.
                                    Wayne C.  14 hours back

                                    I watched this while mastering my procrastination...

                                    • Ben Gustin
                                      Ben Gustin  14 hours back

                                      I’ll watch it later

                                      • Jay Nazzar
                                        Jay Nazzar  14 hours back

                                        literally, me right now as I'm supposed to be working

                                        • Forty7Noodles
                                          Forty7Noodles  14 hours back

                                          This has appeared in my recommended for the past 3 months I think YouTube is telling me something

                                          • Branden Manuel
                                            Branden Manuel  15 hours back

                                            I have an assload of Spanish homework due in like 3 hours.

                                            • Muhammed Ali Dilekçi
                                              Muhammed Ali Dilekçi  15 hours back

                                              I was really thinking like "Yes actually he is right. I should think about this sometime"

                                              • Ari Bari
                                                Ari Bari  16 hours back

                                                This is my GUY DUDE, also Ted Ed's are epic.

                                                • Trenton Stukas
                                                  Trenton Stukas  17 hours back

                                                  I am watching this video while suppose to be doing my homework.

                                                  • Floriansis
                                                    Floriansis  17 hours back

                                                    Me: I should really start that project.

                                                    Mind: yeah but you have three days.

                                                    Me: yeah so.

                                                    Mind: you can do it later.

                                                    Me: so right.

                                                    • panda
                                                      panda  18 hours back

                                                      If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute

                                                      • will zheng
                                                        will zheng  18 hours back

                                                        I've had this video recommended to me for god knows how long and I've procrastinated for far too long and finally clicked on it. And yes, I'm procrastinating the 3 projects that I haven't started that are due tomorrow.

                                                        • Md.Afsar Ali
                                                          Md.Afsar Ali  21 hours back

                                                          the people who dislike this video must be non-procrastinators

                                                          • Joseph Bouchkara
                                                            Joseph Bouchkara  21 hours back

                                                            Brilliant! Never felt more represented

                                                            • Tanwistha Das
                                                              Tanwistha Das  22 hours back

                                                              I am supposed to turn in two assignments by tommorow and prepare for a presenation I have, the day after tommorow, and here I am watching a video on procrastination at 1 am in the night 🌚

                                                            • Aurus Merriweb
                                                              Aurus Merriweb  22 hours back

                                                              My house is sooo clean and organized during the semesters at college. All nighters drinking instant coffee because brewing it takes too long and I may forget its there as it gets cold. I sit and wonder about how hard reinstalling new electrical wiring really is and watch diy videos for 6 hours just to decide that I am not qualified. Sigh! It never ends. But I am still an A student. I just have developed bald spots from stress now. LOL!

                                                              • Alejandro Garcia
                                                                Alejandro Garcia  22 hours back

                                                                Catch me writing a four page essay in one hour

                                                                • Anna Cochran
                                                                  Anna Cochran  1 days back

                                                                  I cant be the only one supposed to be doing homework

                                                                  • Infas Iyne
                                                                    Infas Iyne  1 days back

                                                                    i procrastinated watching this video

                                                                    • oli kerridge
                                                                      oli kerridge  1 days back

                                                                      Whatching this video in a youtube spirall when i should be revising

                                                                      • arthurdcr
                                                                        arthurdcr  1 days back

                                                                        botei em assistir mais tarde umas 2 vezes esse video PORRA AAAAAAAAAAAA vou parar de procrastinar kk

                                                                        • Bakoura Ibrahima
                                                                          Bakoura Ibrahima  1 days back

                                                                          This is relatable at so many levels damn

                                                                          • Cromer lel
                                                                            Cromer lel  1 days back

                                                                            I'm not procrastinating
                                                                            I just forgot my homework

                                                                            • Cromer lel
                                                                              Cromer lel  1 days back

                                                                              I'm not procrastinating
                                                                              I just forgot my homework

                                                                              • Jay Marlin
                                                                                Jay Marlin  1 days back

                                                                                Dude I got a 1 week overdue homework and another due tomorrow, same subject. I need my panic monster more

                                                                                • Andrea Xavier
                                                                                  Andrea Xavier  1 days back

                                                                                  Trying to get the money off my brain!

                                                                                  • Monkey D. Luffy
                                                                                    Monkey D. Luffy  1 days back

                                                                                    Wait I am the worlds biggest procrastinator!!! I didn’t know that this is what that means! I am sending this to my Mom rn cuz she hates me for it

                                                                                    • Funny Fox
                                                                                      Funny Fox  1 days back

                                                                                      I showed this to my mum, trying to explain why I don't get out of bed until 15 minutes before I have to leave. It didn't stop her from yelling at me every morning, but it was worth a shot..

                                                                                      • Ren Explores Australia

                                                                                        Why is this so true?!

                                                                                        • Tanyaw Khan
                                                                                          Tanyaw Khan  2 days back

                                                                                          I wonder if celebrities procrastinate like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez or maybe Kylie Jenner

                                                                                          • Tanyaw Khan
                                                                                            Tanyaw Khan  2 days back

                                                                                            Half of us are watching this in hope to stop procrastinating but we all know that ain’t happening! 😂

                                                                                            • Rosie
                                                                                              Rosie  2 days back

                                                                                              I don't think I was born with a rational decision maker... I'm screwed...

                                                                                              • Maria Delgado
                                                                                                Maria Delgado  2 days back

                                                                                                Procrastination is my First, Middle and Last Name 🧐😩