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 FIstream 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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  • Am I the only one who is procrastinating by watching this video?

    Gastón Sánchez SarmientoGastón Sánchez Sarmiento3 tuntia sitten
  • As a former compulsive procrastinator, I can tell you that the monkey and the panic monster are only half of the story. The reason why there's the monkey here in the first place, is often because there is some psychological pain behind the person. Along with people who have addictions, their pains causes them to look for fun stuff / addictions for a temporary release of endorphin, just to dull a surface pain for a moment. For their pains are far deeper within them which they may not even know. Simple forcing yourself into panic mode and telling the monkey to f*** off won't work. It's as bad as going cold turkey to an addiction, or telling a person suffering from depression to be happy and stop thinking. Unless their deep psychological pain has been addressed, the problem with addiction and procrastination will not be solved.

    Yat Sum LeungYat Sum Leung3 tuntia sitten
  • its literally a pardox: the procrastinator is procrastinating on a talk about procrastination, forcing people to also procrastinate for a video of procrastination

    Chad BradleyChad Bradley4 tuntia sitten
  • And here I am watching this video while having multiple dues this weekend....

    Elver Antisoda IIElver Antisoda II4 tuntia sitten
  • Like mate, stop procrastinating. I’m sorry bye.

    I did not steal chan’s laptopI did not steal chan’s laptop4 tuntia sitten
  • 😴

    Sa DatSa Dat4 tuntia sitten
  • that actually happens to me... but the rational decision-maker doesn't even cares about the monke

    Alonso BastíasAlonso Bastías5 tuntia sitten
  • I won't procrastinate from tomorrow

    Janani APJanani AP5 tuntia sitten
  • The Master is still thinking of making this video...

    dee dohdee doh5 tuntia sitten
  • Now I know why his drawings look so bad

    Umesh SagarUmesh Sagar5 tuntia sitten
  • Me watching lecture on procrastination having 20 days left for my semester exams.

    Umesh SagarUmesh Sagar5 tuntia sitten
  • This has been in my recommendation for a long time... I was procrastinating it.

    G_ realm vlogG_ realm vlog5 tuntia sitten
  • In the end ,not today..

    G_ realm vlogG_ realm vlog5 tuntia sitten
  • better to learn from example otherwise you would become example.

    Mohammed Riyaz AnsariMohammed Riyaz Ansari6 tuntia sitten
  • I am procrastinating by watching a procrastinator talking about procrastination

    Firenzar FrenzyFirenzar Frenzy6 tuntia sitten
  • Of all TED talks this one resonates the most for me.

    Harjinder SainiHarjinder Saini7 tuntia sitten
  • LESSON LEARNED: . . . . . --I guess I'll comment about it later...

    Jim Lord SegoviaJim Lord Segovia7 tuntia sitten
  • Not helpful :( I need a solution

    Reddy123Reddy1237 tuntia sitten
  • I have test like in 15 minutes and I still haven't opened my book. I think I'm gonna watch this video.

    tia raytia ray7 tuntia sitten
  • Ironic how I should be doing work but I'm here. Procrastinating.

    cavan0804cavan08047 tuntia sitten
  • يجب قتل القرد او سجنه للذكرى

    Qassim JamalQassim Jamal7 tuntia sitten
  • you are a master procrastinator I want you to understand that!

    KeyoKeyo8 tuntia sitten
  • i legit watched it after about a year of keeping this video in WATCH LATER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . proud of myself

    Seriously OtakuSeriously Otaku8 tuntia sitten
  • The monkey is forcing my rational thinker to watch this video..😭😭

    Sligg HardySligg Hardy9 tuntia sitten
  • Master Bater

    Mickey MouseMickey Mouse10 tuntia sitten
  • That calendar of boxes kinda hit me....

    Rashad VerbaRashad Verba11 tuntia sitten
  • 33 million of y’all don’t need someone to tell you what’s in the mind of a procrastinator

    Immort47Immort4712 tuntia sitten
  • He's not a master procrastinator. If he was a master procrastinator he would have not shown up.

    Brock JamalBrock Jamal12 tuntia sitten
  • One of the best TED talks I've ever seen😄😄

    Stella KoiralaStella Koirala13 tuntia sitten
  • Awus ku ken Manyaman Habit😎😇. Tatalnan me ing sarili mung⏳. 👨🏻‍🔬❤👸🏻

    DON REICH DE DIOS_2nd Youtube ChannelDON REICH DE DIOS_2nd Youtube Channel13 tuntia sitten
  • finally watched this video after two years 😀 found it in 7th grade, i'm now in 9th

    Jamie ZappeJamie Zappe14 tuntia sitten
  • putting off working out right now....

    RCJH2019RCJH201914 tuntia sitten
  • Very Good Video

    Vijaykumar PowarVijaykumar Powar14 tuntia sitten
  • I'll definitely watch this video later this week

    Anthony mAnthony m15 tuntia sitten
  • Most people are not lazy, they're just doing what they don't like! - garyvee

    ohona islamohona islam15 tuntia sitten
  • id ego süperego der susarım

    RibonükleikRibonükleik15 tuntia sitten
  • But... But HOW do I get out of the bad kind of procrastination?? I feel like I’m expectations my life all the time. It sucks.

    NightmareBearʕ•ᴥ•ʔNightmareBearʕ•ᴥ•ʔ16 tuntia sitten
  • It's 2am i have school at 7.30 and still haven't done my physics homework

    i am dead insidei am dead inside16 tuntia sitten
  • Imagine watching this video as a small break from reading and writing a sketch for University.

    Samia SaidSamia Said17 tuntia sitten
  • What am I doing I have an essay on the Spanish flu due in 2 days

    PriceyPandaPriceyPanda17 tuntia sitten
  • Bollywood songs

    Jack. H HardatJack. H Hardat17 tuntia sitten
  • I added this to my watch later ;)

    swagadoodooswagadoodoo17 tuntia sitten
  • Maybe not today🙈

    Lawrence ElangoLawrence Elango17 tuntia sitten
  • The frustration is not that they couldn't achieve their dreams it's that they weren't even able to start chasing them.

    Santiago MartinezSantiago Martinez18 tuntia sitten
  • Really the worst part of being a procastinator is the guilt you endure everyday. Man it legit hurts.

    Judith LewisJudith Lewis18 tuntia sitten
  • I wanna learn to code but I'm a procrastinator. Not sure if it's the depression or I'm just scared to make the first step😕

    NeeshNeesh18 tuntia sitten
  • Hold up there are actual people in the world who don’t procrastinate? Lucky bunnies. Must feel good

    Sophia Fleming élèveSophia Fleming élève18 tuntia sitten
  • Most people are not lazy, they're just doing what they don't like! - garyvee

    John BrownJohn Brown18 tuntia sitten
  • slightly random topic, If anyone is curious and looking for a way to get into cryptocurrencies, there's this project by Stanford Phd students who created this new cryptocurrency called Pi network. They wanted to make it even more accessible for regular people so they made it possible to mine from your phone (the first and only of it's kind). Of course I recommend you do your research before, but if you are interested you can still get into it's First Phase using the invitation cade "RedSkaw". They will be halving the mining rate soon at 10 million users so now would be the best time to get into it. (it's a great way to feel like your doing something while procrastinating)

    Scott MawhinneyScott Mawhinney19 tuntia sitten
  • If you read this. Remember that you are important and stronger than you think, never give up.

    Daily Routine MusicDaily Routine Music19 tuntia sitten
  • I have finally realized that I am good at something after watching this video.

    ChordalChordal19 tuntia sitten
  • Nice

    Paul KiehlPaul Kiehl20 tuntia sitten
  • I am watching this while procrastinating my English work

    Willy CourtoisWilly Courtois20 tuntia sitten
  • I watched this coz i didn't wanna start my geophysics assignment

    Tiisetso K HeliumTiisetso K Helium20 tuntia sitten
  • my school project is 42 days overdue i dont even have a panic monster

    cksisowk dhdnnecksisowk dhdnne21 tunti sitten
  • A procrastinator made 33 million people procrastinate ****nice****

    No OneNo One21 tunti sitten
  • ah yes, my 6 overdue assignments can wait, this is interesting

    b i a n c ab i a n c a21 tunti sitten
  • I have to study for so many exams and have to memorize for my tests but I’m always saying it’s easy I can do it later and I hate myself for that I know I have the time to study and I have time to do so many things yet I rather do something else I want to do better so badly but something is holding me back and it’s the worst feeling ever I hate it so much

    Goddess RoséGoddess Rosé21 tunti sitten
  • I have a test tomorrow. I haven't started learning yet. For some reason, I'm watching this. I'm procrastinating by looking at a ted talk about procrastination. Good job, me.

    Sofie van LaarSofie van Laar21 tunti sitten
  • FIstream: “inside the mind of a master procrastinator” 33 Million people: wow, my assignments can wait, lemme watch this.

    Nicholas ThomasNicholas Thomas22 tuntia sitten
  • Video: procastaing Me: mastubration

    Yummy Ostrich YTYummy Ostrich YT22 tuntia sitten
  • FIstream: “inside the mind of a master procrastinator” 33 Million people: wow, my assignments can wait, lemme watch this.

    Neha SharmaNeha Sharma23 tuntia sitten
  • Very nice and inspiring story telling..👍

    Avanish KumarAvanish Kumar23 tuntia sitten
  • So a *few months ago*, I saw this video. I said: "Oh! This looks interesting! Let me watch it later!" And now I've actually watched it! Aren't you proud of me? :)

    Kate HuangKate Huang23 tuntia sitten
  • I have 9 subjects due tomorrow Wish me luck But let me watch this video first

    N soyN soy23 tuntia sitten
  • *To be [a procrastinator] or not to be [a procrastinator], that is the question*

    SSRSSR23 tuntia sitten
  • ive been meaning to watch this for ages.

    simon lloydsimon lloyd23 tuntia sitten
  • I have had this video in my 'watch later' playlist for more than a year

    TheGuyFromAnotherPlanetTheGuyFromAnotherPlanetPäivä sitten
  • FIstream: “inside the mind of a master procrastinator” 33 Million people: wow, my assignments can wait, lemme watch this.

    grocmojj grocajjgrocmojj grocajjPäivä sitten
  • The worst thing about being a procrastinator is, you know exactly why you're failing

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  • Searching for short summaries of tommrow's exam.... Watching this video 😭

  • God bless you!

    LuvcoffeeLuvcoffeePäivä sitten
  • I am a master procrastinator. I'm not a proud man. I have figured out a way to everything through the eyes of the monkey. Just be a genius. It's working for me :)

    Samuel SpignardoSamuel SpignardoPäivä sitten

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  • I love how the FIstream recommended me this but HOW the heck do they know that I have a paper due in 1 hour tho😳(Please pray for me tho)

    Smol Chaeng;-;Smol Chaeng;-;Päivä sitten
  • We're actually all watching this video while procrastinating lol

    Nico BNico BPäivä sitten
  • I should edit this comment sometime soon but let's just wait

    S1UnknownS1UnknownPäivä sitten
  • He's not a master procrastinator. If he was a master procrastinator he would have not shown up.

    Ice IceIce IcePäivä sitten
  • what's the difference between someone who has achieved something or someone who does not if both are waiting for death

    Manager PublicManager PublicPäivä sitten
  • Lol I just procrastinated by watching this video!!! UGH

    Evan DunhamEvan DunhamPäivä sitten
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  • Me: wellll theres still a lot of time, ill start working on it tomorrow Me, a week before deadlines: Im on low percent, I'll do it later Me, 5 days before deadlines: (writes 100 words) i did so much, i need a break Me, 3 days before deadlines: hmmm its the weekends, i shouldnt work Me, 1 days before deadlines: Ehhhh Ill do it later Me, 2 after deadlines: MA'AM IM SORRY I KNOW ITS LATE BUT PLEASE-

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  • Love you.

    Na ThuNa ThuPäivä sitten
  • I'm watching this instead of working I've done this my whole life long

    Gerard FergusonGerard FergusonPäivä sitten
  • The money in my brain is so big that it evolved into a human.

    I am Jin's mirrorI am Jin's mirrorPäivä sitten
  • gonna watch this great ted talk from tim urban, Me: watching... Pause, Continue, Pause, Continue.. and then finally I've finish watching it.

    Jose Miko HosakaJose Miko HosakaPäivä sitten
  • I am procrastinating by watching this

    Denise PonsonbyDenise PonsonbyPäivä sitten
  • Well I was studying but the monkey got behind the wheels 😅

    Shikhar KumarShikhar KumarPäivä sitten
  • watching this while procrastinating...

    SpeziFischDESpeziFischDEPäivä sitten
  • Thats seriously life changing

    Crimson_FirecorvusCrimson_FirecorvusPäivä sitten
  • 3 days left for a whole week of scary exams. and I know i should be studying but IDK WHYY BUT MY PANIC MONSTER ISNT AWAKE YET. And tbh thats what i was thinking "why am i not panicking this time" and then again wasting my time watching bts.

    Sunshree dreamin'Sunshree dreamin'Päivä sitten
  • Welcome to my brain except that monkey is the rational decision maker.

    Mochi KookieMochi KookiePäivä sitten
  • The sad thing is, I’m procrastinating by writing this comment

    Sarah HibbinsSarah HibbinsPäivä sitten
  • me: YEAH THIS IS WHAT DEFINETELY WHAT HAPPENS IN MY MIND also me: procrastinating while watching this

    Althea DizaAlthea DizaPäivä sitten
  • its literally a pardox: the procrastinator is procrastinating on a talk about procrastination, forcing people to also procrastinate for a video of procrastination

    Raju OrtenRaju OrtenPäivä sitten
  • I’m in the middle of an exam watching this

    victorious1612victorious1612Päivä sitten
  • The worst feeling is being in the dark playground and something makes you think of the stuff you have to do. You just get that quick hit of anxiety.

    Dori BeverleeDori BeverleePäivä sitten
  • Imma watch this later

    Frederick ClairFrederick ClairPäivä sitten

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  • Legends say this man is not a procrastinator, he had thought of this speech the same day Ted called him

    Sushovan PaudyalSushovan PaudyalPäivä sitten