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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 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. For more from Tim Urban, visit Wait But Why: http://www.waitbutwhy.com/ TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksD...
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Starfish 25 (1 minute ago)
I'm procrastinating my sleep by watching this. It doesn't feel healthy.
BonelessFortniteVideos420 (5 minutes ago)
Take a wild guess why I’m here
Matheus G. S. (13 minutes ago)
I actually am procrastinating right now just by watching this TED. I have about 500 pages to read and summarise, a 50-page final report to write and an educational video of cardiac anatomy to record... and here I am, watching this TED! I am a procrastinator! D=
Devon K (24 minutes ago)
My final paper is due tomorrow and somehow youtube brought me here...
Roxanne Rees (29 minutes ago)
I really want to go on google maps now and look up India
chua abigail (44 minutes ago)
Benjy Santana (48 minutes ago)
Watching while doing book report lol.
Benjy Santana (36 minutes ago)
Bro same expect cleaning my room
Catsgomoo 2006 (38 minutes ago)
Benjy Santana im watching while im supposed to be doing math homework, a science project, and cleaning my room
Alex From Target (55 minutes ago)
anyone else procrastinating by watching this video
Colin Chang (1 minute ago)
Me too
Catsgomoo 2006 (37 minutes ago)
*raises hand*
Chicken Nuggett (41 minutes ago)
Yup lol
lexi key (1 hour ago)
my monkey is winning
Mikeala Owen (1 hour ago)
procrastinating by watching this lol
riyaan (1 hour ago)
I am procrastinating on finals right now. Here I am procrastinating and guess what I did? I searched 'Ted Talks' on YouTube and this was one of the top videos. welp!
Master Kelpie (1 hour ago)
I'm procrastinating right now
Jess 4You (1 hour ago)
Rational Decision Maker: Hey lets study for a test coming up this afternoon Instant Gratification Monkey: Hey lets watch a video of procrastination and how procrastination can affect badly your life Me: Hey thats a great idea monke...wait a minute..
Antonio Norris (1 hour ago)
I just want checkers
Charlotte Miranda (1 hour ago)
very interesting on how I came upon this while procrastinating my homework
Brecken Craig (1 hour ago)
is it ironic that i am watching this video while procrastinating
Meagan Griffith (1 hour ago)
I'm supposed to be doing my homework right now...
Brecken Craig (1 hour ago)
same here
WRAGGS VEVO (2 hours ago)
This guy had a great speech
who cares
Mia Varghese (2 hours ago)
He procrastinated on the presentation itself lolol
Jo3_ (3 hours ago)
Eh. I’ll watch this later
David Hastings (3 hours ago)
Why am I not studying for my English final 😂😂
Juliana (3 hours ago)
Me watching this video is me procrastinating right now
Joshua Campolo (3 hours ago)
Hey @ted I’m a master bater when can I talk about that
ArrogantLaptop (4 hours ago)
Whatchinf this while procrastinating math but stopped when i heard ther was a monkey in my head
Sofia Sarzosa (4 hours ago)
I'm procrastinating doing my homework right now to watch this video
Murphy Luis (4 hours ago)
okay... I was procrastinating ..... BUT NOW I'M GONNA GO BECAUSE I JUST REALIZED THERE IS A FREAKING MONKEY IN MY BRAIN LOOKING FOR INSTANT GRATIFICATION. Goodbye... I'm gonna do something with my crap life and make it better.
Eina Hpets (4 hours ago)
my panic monster is broke
666BahHumbug (4 hours ago)
How Ironic that i'm procrastinating right now. Do I want to wake up the panic monster?
Anna B (4 hours ago)
Watching this while procrastinating on chem homework.......
Alex Bittle (4 hours ago)
Wow. I.I guess ill start working on my goals. But ill watch one more
Fernando Pinto (5 hours ago)
I'll see it later
Matt Morris (5 hours ago)
Very uninformative
Night king (5 hours ago)
Good thing I procrastinated studying, I ended up watching this video.
Kerigan Kappel (5 hours ago)
I just used this video to procrastinate 😭😂
Ana Hartz (5 hours ago)
Are we related?
AR Superstar (5 hours ago)
am i procrastinating while watching this?
ReyObNebur (5 hours ago)
Great talk . having said this, I want to say how Sick I am about this very fashionable USA "Stand Up Comedian" style used by people who give talks in public like Ted talks for instance. Coming as I am from a different , more "slow" culture, with spanish as my native language and having a quite decent understanding of the english language, I need to set these Ted talks videos to 0.75 % so actually I can understand what the talker is talking about. Thank you Tim Urban and Ted Talks enterprise or whatever. I'm a big fan of yours but please TedTalkers speak a bit slowly for all of us non native english speakers
fari (6 hours ago)
he looks like fred from once upon a deadpool
Samori King (6 hours ago)
I’m procrastinating while watching this.
wilfred neumann (6 hours ago)
My procrastination has led to me currently watching a video about my procrastination 😂
Asi (6 hours ago)
This is so real. I relate to it so much :(
Mndkiller08 (6 hours ago)
3rd time watching this
Freya (7 hours ago)
Used this to procrastinate the two essays I have to write tonight. I hate it.
Mansur Alam (7 hours ago)
i have an exam tomorrow and here i am watching this 😂
Tarun Biruly (7 hours ago)
Ironically tomorrow is my exam and I'm here procrastinating watching this...
Haifa Abdullah (8 hours ago)
I'm watching this, while I have a final exam tomorrow ... tehe ><
Moon Beam (8 hours ago)
Procrastinating, by putting this to watch later.
..yors.. (8 hours ago)
i have a paper due in 4 hours
who else is currently procrastinating
salah ayyad (8 hours ago)
in my mind the monkey and the monster are friends ...so if they both want to play and have fun not a hundred deadline will affect anything , yet if they both want to get stuff done ...oh its ON!
Ninja Panda667 (9 hours ago)
I relate...but I don't have a rational thinker...I just don't do important stuff
Ann Cabras (9 hours ago)
Didn’t know I was totally procrastinating now until I realized that I have an important test tomorrow and didn’t even start learning
Angry Fat Boi (9 hours ago)
Shia LaBeouf Approves.
NIKITA PANT (9 hours ago)
9:22 😂
NIKITA PANT (9 hours ago)
lloyd munga (9 hours ago)
Brilliant efficiency presentation
Who's on a) a YouTube binge b) Watching a person critiquing himself doing such c) Is motivating you to not waste your time d) Doing absolutely nothing BUT that!
Rod Z (11 hours ago)
A D H D Is my monkey—self diagnosed.
Faith Huisman (7 hours ago)
Yes! haha
Jess B (11 hours ago)
Boy do I get this.
Victoria Brawn (11 hours ago)
I procrastinated watching this video...
ruanfernando (11 hours ago)
Funny talk, but the point is?
emfishi (12 hours ago)
i stumbled upon this video while procrastinating...
UantheGreat 2 (14 hours ago)
I'm watching this while my 2 3 day late projects that I have to submit tomorrow and 2 soon to be due (2 days)projects still are at the "Let's think about how to do this" part.
Josema Teira (14 hours ago)
Thumbs up if you are here because of a procastinating spiral of YouTube videos.
TheBlackDemon1996 (14 hours ago)
9:25 I like how there's a woman in the audience seriously taking notes. Like what do you think those notes look like?
Katie Yu (14 hours ago)
i am tempted to open google earth scroll past india for two and a half hours now
logos (15 hours ago)
My mother was such a big procastinator...I'm actually surprised that I even exist!
Geoffrey Chang (15 hours ago)
better than YouTube Rewind
Change your Views (15 hours ago)
Tomorrow is math test...
John Berry (15 hours ago)
Oh, Fred Savage doing a Ted Talk!
Nisha Thapa (16 hours ago)
I feel exposed😂
Diana To (17 hours ago)
I should be nose deep into a textbook but here I am
Darren Brierley (17 hours ago)
Anyone else get really scared when he showed the life calendar?
TheSpokenParrot (18 hours ago)
Its finals week and Im ready to be putting my procrastination to good use
stratkster (18 hours ago)
jeez... i can really relate to that...
That's super funny, actually this guy has full franchise about this, if you wan't you can buy the monkey and the panic monster as soft toys ;)
Jason Sanchez (18 hours ago)
Watching this making me procrastinate more
A Kevino Al Mundo (18 hours ago)
LOL. Sometimes soon. Remember this post. #AKevinoAlMundo
G Dragon1 (18 hours ago)
my instant gratification monkey is anxiety, ha
Jacob W (18 hours ago)
That box calendar got me fucked up rn
WoodenPlatform (18 hours ago)
I should leave a comment, ah I will do it later.
Sheila Torres (19 hours ago)
I always come back to this every time I procrastinate lol this is my 4th time this month Hahahaha my current grade in math is 0.6%
Reilly Tanner (19 hours ago)
When you’re watching this instead of taking the Econ quizzes you’ve blown off all semester but your final is tomorrow and the last day to do them... oh also, study for final.
Sophie Hermann (19 hours ago)
I have a monkey in my Brian I have 4 booklets of homework to do. 2 were dew last week and the other 2 are dew tomorrow
Khyati Sharma (19 hours ago)
I have my exam tommorrow but panic monster does not seem to be coming anytime soon
Angela Trebor (19 hours ago)
julia bahsoun (19 hours ago)
Currently procrastinating studying for my finals by watching this...
Grasshopper Worker (20 hours ago)
It's a very interesting concept. Basically if you're a procrastinator you have to set deadlines for your dreams, otherwise you'll keep putting it off.
usnavyvet2002 (20 hours ago)
This is me
GiddyTuberGaming (20 hours ago)
I love this guy
Serena Williams (21 hours ago)
me: I should start studying for my exam this morning monkey: nah lets watch a youtube video about procrastination
Aileen Chriscelia (21 hours ago)
This is genius
Gazwar (21 hours ago)
This so makes me feel like getting up and doing something ... Next week, I guess.....
CRusader (21 hours ago)
The local Masshole (21 hours ago)
im procrastinating as i watch this but its fine im only failing two classes its fine
Squinn0303 (22 hours ago)
Procrastination is like masturbation. Feels good playing with yourself. But in the end you always end up fucking yourself.
Drake Farmer (22 hours ago)
Who has this all written out on the internet people? Please
Julia Bani (22 hours ago)
0:48 i have an essay due tomorrow and this is me rn
alyssa daily diy (22 hours ago)
does anyone else ever procrastinate work by doing easier or shorter work

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