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 BYkeys 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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  1. emely m
    emely m
    10 хвілін таму

    A procrastinator not watching this because it's almost 15 minutes long LMAO

  2. Layla Martinez
    Layla Martinez
    3 години таму

    watched this video in high school and related a lot to it. years later I'm now in my last year of college and I came back to comment that I simply had ~undiagnosed ADHD and executive function issues~

  3. Ayah Moustafa
    Ayah Moustafa
    3 години таму

    The funny thing is, I watched this video to avoid reading an article I need to read for a school paper! What a great watch! Wish I had seen this earlier!

  4. dark fighters
    dark fighters
    3 години таму

    I procrastinated and there was no deadline. 1 year went by.(this quarantine) I took a picture of myself for Wattpad status. Got shocked by what I saw. I know mirror is there and all but the photo of you and the you when you were a year younger side by side,yeah huge difference. It was not only about my body. My phone usage,my singing,my dancing and many many more declined. Thankfully that was enough for my panic monster. And I'm trying to catch up now.

  5. Diya V
    Diya V
    4 години таму

    I saved this for later😭

  6. celestiuhh
    4 години таму

    bruh this video has been in my recommended for so long

  7. Samuel Grasia
    Samuel Grasia
    4 години таму

    Rational thinking : lets do it now Monke : watch this video about me Video ends Rational thinking : lets get started Monke : no, lets read the comment section first

  8. princess dianne hernandez
    princess dianne hernandez
    7 годин таму

    What I do to lessen procrastination or chasing the deadline is I change the deadline. I make it early so that I would do it early too. I keep in mind the "fake" deadline that I made so that I would be done with my work in a swift.

  9. wyatt masuskapoe
    wyatt masuskapoe
    8 годин таму

    how ironic i saved this video for later a year ago

  10. Aprajita
    10 годин таму

    The picture also seems like he had made them one hour before the talk.

  11. zombie mask super gamer
    zombie mask super gamer
    12 годин таму

    Im a procrastinator and can confirm this is completely true

  12. Theresa Chickles
    Theresa Chickles
    12 годин таму


  13. Lol Y
    Lol Y
    13 годин таму

    I’ve hit the point where the panic monster has just given up, he no longer panics and now it’s nothing but procrastination, and I end up not completing anything

  14. Alexa Duarte
    Alexa Duarte
    13 годин таму

    I am watching this video to procrastinate 😐

  15. Ryan
    14 годин таму

    Im a half procastinator lmao. So last week we were given an assignment and due was 7 days. I finished half the work in the first day and then stuff happens days goes by and i start the second half on the 7th day

  16. IdkWhatToPutHere
    16 годин таму

    Im a huge procrastinator and a lazy person. Terrible combo XD

  17. Five Oilers
    Five Oilers
    17 годин таму

    homework cries

  18. Angel Care
    Angel Care
    17 годин таму

    I've heard... Procrastination is a symptom of ADD

  19. Lucy Parrill
    Lucy Parrill
    18 годин таму

    I’m totally not procrastinating right now 👩‍🦯

  20. Oswaldo Kandace
    Oswaldo Kandace
    19 годин таму

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  21. Jess Wang
    Jess Wang
    20 годин таму

    God why is this so relatable,,

  22. Aryan Bangad
    Aryan Bangad
    20 годин таму

    imagine procrastinating while watching the video about procrastination

  23. Maiiee
    20 годин таму

    I know someone who doesn't procastinate to end things they do not enjoy, but having trouble to start things that will bring them joys 😂 They often remove unwanted problems immediately without thinking about how to solve. Then, they cannot stop themselves from procasting in non-deadline situations which are their plans from the beginning. I do not understand those people 🥲

  24. Anna DM
    Anna DM
    20 годин таму

    I've had this video in my Watch Later for 5 years.... lmao

    1. Khushnaseeb Khan
      Khushnaseeb Khan
      12 годин таму


  25. riley jones
    riley jones
    20 годин таму

    me watching this while procrastinating on my project

  26. Jett Jettson
    Jett Jettson
    21 годину таму

    My Monkey told Me to watch this video intstead of studying

  27. darkprince56
    21 годину таму

    I became unmotivated and a procrastinator because... it's not that I didn't chase my dream, I did everything I needed to get a biology degree yet no one will give me a chance in hiring me for a relevant position. Then that makes me think "then what's the point in even trying?"

  28. Rouxls Kaard
    Rouxls Kaard
    22 години таму

    sadly my monkey doesn't run away when the panic monster comes, instead the monkey comes up with an exuse to skip the whole project

  29. Shaf_M013
    22 години таму

    I'm watching this while planning on setting my alarm to 3:30am so I can finish the 5 homeworks that are due tomorrow which were set a week ago before I go to school and being so quite my parents shall not wake up to me studying. Life's (Not so) Good.

  30. ALT_Mysty
    23 години таму

    Need to finish more than one project but I have too many things to do. Like procrastinating.

  31. Kdego Fojler
    Kdego Fojler
    23 години таму

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    Kdego Fojler
    23 години таму

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  33. KΔM͓̽łĆĆO̥ͦŁO̥ͦ
    Дзень таму

    I procrastinated on watching this video 😔

  34. Alytella
    Дзень таму

    that calendar just gave me lifelong anxiety

  35. rxdiantfaith
    Дзень таму

    This video's part of my Dual Enrollment course and I've been procrastinating on watching it for a week. The assignment that goes with it is due in less than 10 hours.

  36. Penguin Lord
    Penguin Lord
    Дзень таму

    Once when I was supposed to work on a school project, I ended up on the Wikipedia site for the English wood industry in the middle ages. I don't remember how I ended up there...

  37. Sarthak Bhoi
    Sarthak Bhoi
    Дзень таму

    Help!!!!! My panic monster doesn't wakes up 😬😬🤧🥶

  38. Jessica Rodriguez
    Jessica Rodriguez
    Дзень таму

    I should be studying but instead decided to clean my closet to clear my mind while doing it so I can “study better” and now taking a little brake watching Ted Talks cuz well.. I deserve a brake 🤦🏻‍♀️

  39. Eugene Smiley
    Eugene Smiley
    Дзень таму

    Three years later, still one of my favorite Ted talks!

  40. Tammera Power
    Tammera Power
    Дзень таму

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    Дзень таму

    Those 16k dislikes got exposed and are scared to change....i am too, but it's a must

  42. Deep-Fried Web
    Deep-Fried Web
    Дзень таму


  43. 영 원히
    영 원히
    Дзень таму

    this is fun hahahahah

  44. Cosmic Knight
    Cosmic Knight
    Дзень таму

    I am supposed to be writing a make up essay right now

  45. Mohammed Qutub
    Mohammed Qutub
    Дзень таму

    Best Ted talk

  46. a loser
    a loser
    Дзень таму

    cant relate, I don't procrastinate I just merely set aside school work for another day, then another day, then another day.

  47. reena soni
    reena soni
    Дзень таму

    Not me finding this video when I should be working...

  48. Arin Legarde
    Arin Legarde
    Дзень таму

    watching this instead of doing my homework due tomorrow 😩

  49. Likami Willson
    Likami Willson
    Дзень таму

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  50. Mr Line
    Mr Line
    Дзень таму

    Guess what I’m doing rn

  51. JustAudrey #roadto400
    JustAudrey #roadto400
    2 дні таму

    Me watching this with a essay due tommorow:

  52. deez nuts
    deez nuts
    2 дні таму

    Tim please do your homework tim youll have to go to summer school tim please just do it its just an art assignment tim its not that hard tim just do it tim please bro

  53. bold of you too asume I have a good username
    bold of you too asume I have a good username
    2 дні таму

    I am suposed to do my homework but I'll just do it after I watch this video

  54. Nicolette Rachel Kharigus
    Nicolette Rachel Kharigus
    2 дні таму

    I am the audience and he is giving a whole lesson about my brain 😩😩😩😩😩 This is so accurate

  55. KSP King
    KSP King
    2 дні таму

    uh oh

  56. Shristhi Banerjee
    Shristhi Banerjee
    2 дні таму

    That moment when you come across this video while procrastinating 😂😂🤣🤣

  57. Valorie Gladys
    Valorie Gladys
    2 дні таму

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  58. JacksonChen666
    2 дні таму

    procrastinating making the intended video, making the project someone requested, and everything else in my reminders list which likely have been sitting for months. also, i have another project i plan on doing, and that's porting a program to rust. i managed to procrastinate other things, even though i had a rough time with rust. now i'm watching this video about procrastination procrastinating anything. also, this guy sounds like he has a sense of humor.

  59. HaXeR
    2 дні таму

    never related more in my life XDDDD

  60. Poori
    2 дні таму

    i'm watching this though I have a chemistry exam. i'm procrastinating

  61. Souvik Roy
    Souvik Roy
    2 дні таму

    I started procrastinating while watching this video itself 😂🙈

  62. Erin Fitzgerald
    Erin Fitzgerald
    2 дні таму

    It's gotten to the point that I've procrastinated SLEEPING. As I type this at 2:45AM on a Friday night. after watching this video.

  63. Anna Banana
    Anna Banana
    2 дні таму

    the fact that i put this video aside to watch later

  64. Aurora
    2 дні таму

    This video has been lying in my *watch later* for years.... I guess now its time stop procrastinating and watch it already 😂😂

    2 дні таму

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  66. Austin Majaski
    Austin Majaski
    2 дні таму

    Not going to lie. I’ve been trying to watch this video for a very long time.

  67. Sneezy wheezy boy GAMING
    Sneezy wheezy boy GAMING
    2 дні таму

    I should be making a video rn but I’m procrastinating and watching this

  68. John G
    John G
    2 дні таму


  69. Adela Ortiz
    Adela Ortiz
    2 дні таму

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  70. Jordan Elise
    Jordan Elise
    2 дні таму

    I’ve procrastinated watching this video for almost 4 months.

  71. LeeAnn Parchment
    LeeAnn Parchment
    3 дні таму

    Me watching this after a whole yt marathon where none of the videos i started watching i watched all the way through

  72. Alicia Sandoval
    Alicia Sandoval
    3 дні таму

    I didn't ask for this psychoanalysis ted

  73. OrdoSenatoriusCDXX
    3 дні таму

    It's crazy, I'm consider to be a huge procrastinator even when I plan things days, weeks, sometimes months before I just push them to aside until I'm in crisis mode aka "24 hours or less before deadline". but I either have the best whatever it is that was turned in or just satisfactory enough to pass. It's nice to have that ability of ingenuity to be able to come up with the expected end results on the fly, but it can be incredibly exhausting to do it on a daily basis and it's not a way to live. -_-;

  74. The Dishonored Gaming Network
    The Dishonored Gaming Network
    3 дні таму

    " so qe can get a better feel for india" Vibing so hard rn with this guy

  75. Ardhra Krishna
    Ardhra Krishna
    3 дні таму

    Guess what I've got a mandrill inside my brain😏🚶‍♀️

  76. Erick Nunez
    Erick Nunez
    3 дні таму

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  77. Hannah Rotolo
    Hannah Rotolo
    3 дні таму

    This was only mildly helpful.

  78. Hannah Rotolo
    Hannah Rotolo
    3 дні таму

    This video was on my Watch Later list for about a year before I watched it.

  79. Farhan Khan
    Farhan Khan
    3 дні таму

    I came randomly and the words changed my life and controlled the 🐒

  80. Bonita Read
    Bonita Read
    3 дні таму

    So so True!! Procrastination also has something to do with ... "tomorrow is another day" .. I will catch up tomorrow and then .. tomorrow never comes .. Fear of Failure has a lot to do with it too! GREAT PRESENTATION! Love it!

  81. Mayesha Shah
    Mayesha Shah
    3 дні таму

    I am currently supposed to be doing my project and the due date is till tomorrow evening 😁

  82. Chris
    3 дні таму

    I have an English paper due in an hour.

  83. Nafis Azhari dzal aidi
    Nafis Azhari dzal aidi
    3 дні таму

    ehh later.

  84. muhammad ali
    muhammad ali
    3 дні таму

    brilliantly explained

  85. McFlurry 999
    McFlurry 999
    3 дні таму

    i told myself i was going to bed at 11:00 now its 11:49

  86. takashi
    3 дні таму

    The fact that I'm watching this instead of listening to my clinical instructor. 😃😃

  87. Adela Ortiz
    Adela Ortiz
    3 дні таму

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  88. Ariana Simonis
    Ariana Simonis
    3 дні таму


  89. Ariana Simonis
    Ariana Simonis
    3 дні таму

    these comments make me feel as though im not alone in the world,, sending love to all my fellow severe procrastinators... also the does anyone else feel that when the task feels too big we just don't start it at all and only do a little bit of work on it like ten mins before then just wing it xox coz me too

  90. maryamowski
    3 дні таму

    i procastinated watching this video for a year. it was in my watchlist all along

  91. Sage Calliopecr
    Sage Calliopecr
    3 дні таму

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  92. Kiana Kady
    Kiana Kady
    3 дні таму

    a poetic ending indeed

  93. alejandro mendoza
    alejandro mendoza
    3 дні таму

    I´m procrastinating right now watching this ted talk, i should be writing my thesis

    1. Ruairí Maguire
      Ruairí Maguire
      3 дні таму

      Go now

  94. Charlie TenEyck
    Charlie TenEyck
    3 дні таму

    This guy gets me and my struggle.

  95. Charlie TenEyck
    Charlie TenEyck
    3 дні таму

    I kinda feel like I must have like 5 instant gratification monkeys up there. 😕

  96. Ariane Palma
    Ariane Palma
    3 дні таму

    this is me procrastinating while im watching a video about procastination

  97. khadidja vlog
    khadidja vlog
    3 дні таму

    I reallly needed this Tnx for BYkeys for recommanding this

  98. The wrathful Sloth
    The wrathful Sloth
    3 дні таму

    When your procrastinating by watching a video on procrastination