Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

6 Apr 2016
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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 DEhave 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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    Tanya SainiTanya SainiVor 5 Stunden
  • before this video I have never really thought about the effects of deadlines in my procrastination. But I dont have any deadlines and this is a problem I have to fix. Thank You!!!

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  • I think the monkey killed my panic monster

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  • I keep meaning to watch this

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  • I was expecting some help.. its just stand up.. -_-

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  • Fun fact: I'm not procrastinating right now HONESTLY

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  • The fact that this video was in my watch later list for almost 6months now is devastating

    Tahiyya FedoraTahiyya FedoraVor 7 Stunden
  • I am doing a presentation on procrastination and so I need to be watching this to overrule my instant gratification monkey and get some help for the presentation. Thanks, Tim Urban!

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  • lol

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  • i'm watching this instead of doing my homework haha

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  • Who else is here for the English lesson

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  • Thanks for knowledge

    Bulbol YudiBulbol YudiVor 12 Stunden
  • I got a fucking ad about procrastination are you kidding me

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  • 0:09 so sexy moment

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  • I know for a fact i'd be friends with this guy.

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  • wowwww that was explained so well.

    Megan ChambersMegan ChambersVor 14 Stunden
  • i got an ad bout procrastination before this video...

    Kyera TipperKyera TipperVor 15 Stunden
  • idk why but "I call this the DARK PLAYGROUND" absolutely sent me

    Meg CzabanMeg CzabanVor 15 Stunden
    • sent you.....

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  • watching this video instead of studying for mid terms

    Katherine AdamsKatherine AdamsVor 16 Stunden
  • I procastinate because I know i can get it done even when I procastinate

    K'nK Yarn!K'nK Yarn!Vor 17 Stunden
  • this has been recommended to me i kid you not probably for the past 2 years, i only watched it now

    anna michnovaanna michnovaVor 17 Stunden
  • Powerful. Thank you😍

    Choyoko ChwanChoyoko ChwanVor 17 Stunden
  • hey you, yeah you stop procrastinating while watching this and do some work :)

    Dflaze GamingDflaze GamingVor 17 Stunden
  • I stopped watching the video and started work. yay.

    SanjanaSanjanaVor 18 Stunden
  • I’ve been recommended this movie on and off for about 2 years...but put off watching it every time .. until now :)

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  • love.

    Ambrose MoyerAmbrose MoyerVor 20 Stunden
  • i'm watching this video wall i'm procrastinating and then i just procrastinate to watch this video life is strange

    pyro gyropyro gyroVor 22 Stunden
  • I came to laugh about the monkey. I didn't come here to have an existential crisis followed by a panic attack. But here we are.

    Warren GarabrandtWarren GarabrandtVor 23 Stunden
  • Me watching this while procrastinating: 👁👄👁

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  • i planned to write this comment a year ago but i was procrastinatin then... (:

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  • I should be doing my literature review instead of this

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    • u got this man

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  • The same thing is happening to me. This put me in depression. I need help.

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  • Whos watching cause of school

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  • Wow. Who else got a procrastinate add when they clicked on the video

    Aaron JafriAaron JafriVor Tag
  • I laughed

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  • When you procrastinate by watching why people procrastinate

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  • I procrastinated by not watching this video over a year ago.

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  • anyways the teacher made me watch this video :D

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  • I did not read that title right-

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  • So relatable and i laughed alot because of it Thank u for making this

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  • 2 months left til my final exams and i haven't open my textbooks to say the least,, cause ahem 'quarantine', i wanna work hard,, but my brain won't let me and i wanna punch myself but then,,

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  • I have an essay due in a few hours yet im watching a video about procrastinating while procrastinating

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  • 0:22 my love video :X.

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  • The far right lanyard guy at 12:15 looks CRAZY!

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  • Surprisingly,i genuinely enjoyed that ted talk ,talking about a real life problem ,a phenomenon that if not all of us ,most of as face during various parts of our lives. And that guy had 2 different cases to refer to witch really reflected on my thoughts and my own underlying issues. One is the typical 'for the time being' procrastinator ,a momentary procrastination won't necessarily do you any harm as long as you're done with your work (even unsuccessfully) due the dead line and that of course goes on and on . There's that voice in your head deviously seducing you to chose joy over productivity. I wouldn't profess to not agree with that but at the end of the day we need to get things done . And here comes the second and would personally call it the ' indelible procrastination' and thats when it hit me;all that years passed by and im still an expert procrastinator. Saying: I'll start going to the gym tomorrow,ill start systematic studying,maybe hang out with my friends more frequently.This guy knew what he was striving for,long term excuses to put off things for tomorrow..guess tomorrow never comes.

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  • Lets see if people actually take time seriously now : Don't read my name

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  • Who has come after ritu mam mention about it in her recent video ?? 😁😁

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  • Story of my life

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  • I have 6 assignments due in 25 hours, I haven’t started a single one and idc anymore.

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  • In the End he just show us the REAL Deadline in life

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  • Currently me.

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  • I really want to stop procrastinating cuz im failing my grades rn lol

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  • Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh .

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  • Who else is procrastinating by rewatching this video for the 1st no 2nd no 3000000 time 😅😂

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  • Evening: The HW isn’t due until 10 in the morning Morning: The HW isn’t fair to be due in the morning

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  • I'm supposed to be doing homework that was already due... Im playing roblox and watching this video instead.

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  • You yeah you right there yes in the pjs are a procrastinator

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  • What is this supposed to inspire? Apart from fear of death and guilt? 'YOU MAY NOT THINK YOURSELF AS A PROCRASTINATOR, BUT I THINK YOU ARE!! YOU SHOULD BE MORE PRODUCTIVE! Maybe we should give some thought to why so many of us are always feeling we are not doing enough.

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  • Dang, monkey is doing again!!!! I'll go do work in a minute i love this video

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  • Eh I’ll watch this later

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    • Or DO watch this stoned? Maybe you could have a Bill Hicks moment: "Sure, I could get up at dawn and go to a job I hate that does not inspire me creatively whatsoever for the rest of my fucking life. Or I could wake up at noon - and learn how to play the sitar!" :p

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  • I can feel you!

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  • I am definitely, cuz when I put on this video, I went straight to NFS carbon.😆

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  • 12:15 that is Bradley Cooper on the right, you can't change my mind

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  • The only issue is, if you don't panic or care, you end up never doing the work... I failed high school, but got the best exam scores my teachers have ever seen to test out.

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  • Anyone else watching this instead of studying?

    Catherine ScobleCatherine ScobleVor Tag
  • me watching this as a way of procrastinating my science

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  • It took me an hour to finish a 14 min video...

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  • LMFAO adhd in real life

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  • Wtf I got an ad about procrastination on this video

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  • suddenly i feel like watching another TED talk .....mmmmmmm

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  • I am procrastinating right now. I have to turn in a short essay in 3 hours. Haven't started yet.

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  • whos watching this while procrastinating

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  • I should be doing homework right now

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  • Me: procrastinating by watching this

    Ash LaLiberteAsh LaLiberteVor 2 Tage
  • i have watched this six or seven times in three days, i just cant stop!

    James DoughtyJames DoughtyVor 2 Tage
  • Personally, the worst thing procrastination has caused is me drifting apart from the person I adored most in the world... I always procrastinated on spending time with him, calling him or even leaving him a dm. When I lost him a few months ago I was devastated realizing how I could have been there for him more and eased his pain a little. That loss was honestly my biggest wake-up call so far. He was the person I treasured and adored most and still, we were not as close as we could have been. Ever since I've been "forcing" my reasonable decision-maker to take the weel and call my family and friends. If you're reading this call your loved ones or (if possible bc lockdown) go see them and spend some quality time with them. Don't make the same mistake I did... (sorry it got depressing, I intend to help y'all)

    Elena KalergiElena KalergiVor 2 Tage
  • Roses are red violets are blue if you give a like God will forgive you 0:22xx.

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  • 7:44 here's the thing. I don't have a panic monster. Even if i had to prepare a 3 page speech to speak infront of the school, i would delay it and then ultimately give up. I'll be like, "Meh what's the worst that can happen. I won't die'

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  • Me watching this instead of studying for my finals tomorrow

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  • That was in my recommendation for 3 years. O God! Google knew I was a procrastinator 3 years ago

    Shubham MauryaShubham MauryaVor 2 Tage
  • Guess, I'll have to see this video Tommorow. >:(

    87 vijay dhanush87 vijay dhanushVor 2 Tage
  • Hit the like button if you're procrastinating with this video.

    Jonathan StockerJonathan StockerVor 2 Tage
  • Tim procrastinated... that's why his presentation characters were so weird drawn and funny.

    Ranjit AbrahamRanjit AbrahamVor 2 Tage
  • Not me watching videos about procrastinating WHILE procrastinating💀💀

    Luis FuentesLuis FuentesVor 2 Tage
  • Great video I enjoyed it

    Ask The Inclusive SchoolAsk The Inclusive SchoolVor 2 Tage
  • yall here procrastinating on your schoolwork whereas I had been procrastinating watching this video the past 2 months until I forgot about it and saw it pop up in my recommended list.

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  • is it me or he looks like phil machio.

    Edward BaneEdward BaneVor 2 Tage
  • The clock keeps ticking. We all are given a certain, finite amount of time in life. Some day, that clock's counter will reach zero, and time has run out. Momento mori.

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  • I watched this video in 6th grade during my study skills class. Now it’s coming up in my DEhave recommended. Maybe this is a sign.

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  • 13 thousand of procrastinators who don't admit they are procrastinators disliked this video.

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  • i watched an interview with justin biebers mom

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