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 AMprom 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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    tedtalks: The format that made pseudoscience seem like just science.

  • Lakshya Raj

    Lakshya Raj

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    I've an assignment to submit tomorrow,
    and here I am procrastinating while watching a ted talk about procrastination which was in my "watch later'' folder for last 6 months

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    Tmb 82: Music and random stuff

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    My brain: due tomorrow
    Me: ok, do tomorrow

  • Kamal Ekermawi

    Kamal Ekermawi

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    This is the best ted talk I've ever watched so far

  • Ronaldo Cervantes

    Ronaldo Cervantes

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    I really loved this video! As a writer I too sometimes forget the difference between writers block and just plain resistance. This video helped me realize that the very definition of what I’m currently struggling with is that of procrastinating. Delaying my work with easy and short-term gratification. I haven’t had writers block in years and now I’m dealing with something that much more deadlier— PROCRASTINATION! I definitely need to make some deadlines.

  • Malaki Velazquez

    Malaki Velazquez

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    I’ve been meaning to watch this....

  • Alfie Gallagher

    Alfie Gallagher

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    I procrastinate that badly I didn’t want to watch this

  • Chris H

    Chris H

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    You want to see inside the mind of a master procrastinator? Ask me anything

  • Stewart's Channel

    Stewart's Channel

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    I've been meaning to watch this for over a year. Now that I finally did, around 6 weeks ago, I thought I'd leave this comment. Lovely presentation, thanks.

  • no one

    no one

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    entp mood

  • Somebody you used to know

    Somebody you used to know

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    I got an add about procrastinating while watching a video about procrastinating because I am procrastinating

  • Malcolm E

    Malcolm E

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    This man is saying what we're all thinking

  • Cassidy Seery

    Cassidy Seery

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    lol i got a ad about procrastination before this vid started.

  • SolemnSlqps


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    Lol I got a procrastination ad on this video

  • Al Die

    Al Die

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    why do people come for me like this

  • Kızıl Elma Edits

    Kızıl Elma Edits

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    Watching this in the night while having an important exam tomorrow which I still didnt learn for 💀

  • Muhd Siddiq

    Muhd Siddiq

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    u know u have made it when u get a standing ovation

  • aliya cantika

    aliya cantika

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    i think my panic monster is dead

  • The Asian Theory

    The Asian Theory

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    Finally a TED talk im qualified to give

    • Quang Tran

      Quang Tran

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      Same except it’ll suck because I will start making the TED talk 1 minute before it begins lol

  • Jenske Schuurman

    Jenske Schuurman

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    Maar tijdens het maken van zijn speech vertelt hij dus dat hij het maken van zijn speech uitstelt

  • S Mc G

    S Mc G

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    Great talk. I finally have a diagnosis!!

  • Ashraf Amir

    Ashraf Amir

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    OMG I was getting my work done then I stumbled on this video, PROCASTINATING LMFAO

  • Sy Fx

    Sy Fx

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    "What's important is not the result, but the journey"
    My brain: shut up nobody cares about the journey so imma speedrun it while I still can

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  • sunoo


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    me : arguing with myself if I should sleep or study
    also me : watches a video about procrastination

  • sobhan moradi

    sobhan moradi

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  • Aricmon11


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    Watching this instead of doing my homework, the irony.

  • s o p h

    s o p h

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    and knowing that i got good grades even if i procrastinated just made it even harder to stop procrastinating..

  • Daniel Wnek

    Daniel Wnek

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    There YouTube, I watched it. Now get it out of my recommended

  • eliot mikoni

    eliot mikoni

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    This guy's pretty amazing at explaining obvious stuff

  • Dominic Siañez

    Dominic Siañez

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    Ill do my essay after this video... Maybe

  • CreamyMarshmxllow


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    I have a test tomorrow but I think watching this is a better use of my time

  • SadBoye


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    i got this video recommended to me. i wonder if it’s a sign

  • Manraj Sidhu

    Manraj Sidhu

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    So it's basically covid

  • Krista Gaulin

    Krista Gaulin

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    And here I am with 4 papers to write by Sunday..... that 2 are already late..... it is fine. Perhaps on Friday, I will get them done.

  • Hawkeye63


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    I think i will watch this tomorrow.

  • xMitsukiria


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    being a stubborn procrastinator is the hardest feeling,
    you just become stubborn and not sleep until you finish it.
    but ending up not finishing and postponing every time..

  • Luigi Consiglio

    Luigi Consiglio

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    I just reviewed my entire life

  • Kathy Popplewell

    Kathy Popplewell

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    very entertaining!

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    I got an ad saying “If you’re watching this, you’re probably procrastinating.”

  • Carlos Santana

    Carlos Santana

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    I think the reason people do drugs is because it suppresses the panic monster

  • Valentina Carrasco

    Valentina Carrasco

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    I should be writing my master's thesis right now.

  • Mikey Mitchell

    Mikey Mitchell

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    The reasoning explained in this video is the reasoning a have right now watching this

  • Keiran Laskowski

    Keiran Laskowski

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    this dude reminds me of gary vee

  • Konkopt


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    funny how i procrastinate by watching a 4 year old video about procrastination

  • Alien Potato

    Alien Potato

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    What happens to me is that I just look at an assignment and then it's too hard at a glance so I say "eh, i'll do it later" and then later becomes the minute before class.

  • Binnacle


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    This is basically everyone. If our brain makes our behavior a little bit more efficient then it could really help a lot. Too bad we're lazy species

  • William Kac

    William Kac

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    Not that funny, at the end ofthe video, my monster poped up, i got spooked

  • yash vadodaria

    yash vadodaria

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    Last 2 minutes really hit

  • Poisonous Pie

    Poisonous Pie

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    Discipline is freedom.

  • PoliBlox


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    The master procrastinators are the ones watching this video instead of doing their homework

  • Lorenzo Dagnino

    Lorenzo Dagnino

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    Fun fact: I’m watching this video while I should be studying.

  • Galaxy Hippo

    Galaxy Hippo

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    Me: Do schoolwork
    Brain: No
    Me: But it needs to get done and after you finish it you can do something fun
    Brain: I’ll do it tomorrow
    Me: it’s due today!!!
    Brain: So?
    Me: What do you even want to do so bad?
    Brain; Not schoolwork
    Me: But we have so much time now come on just do it!
    Brain: You just did one whole assignment you deserve a day long break!
    Me: No brain I have to do schoolwork now
    Brain: just a little time on phone
    Me: Ugh fine just a little
    2 hours later

  • Storm Anning

    Storm Anning

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    What about the ambition monster?

  • CkeyZz


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    Why am I watching this video, I have an exam tomorrow

  • CkeyZz


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    Bro, how did they get inside my head?

  • śwíłìÿ


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    Teacher i was cooking so I couldn’t focus .. but ill watch it because i hear a lot of laughs and i feel it’s interesting 😁 sry for ignoring btw

  • Andrea O

    Andrea O

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    What is the speaker main thesis of this speech?

  • Caroline Kildall

    Caroline Kildall

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    I have an exam tomorrow and i am watching this instead of studying

  • Cristina Madeira

    Cristina Madeira

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    Brilliant Tim Urban, Congrats. So simple and so strong

  • Nishant Gaire

    Nishant Gaire

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    so true lol

  • A Guy

    A Guy

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    I had my teacher post this video and forced me to watch this with edpuzzle

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    [̸͇̈C̵͔̽Ä̵̖́Ŕ̷̬L̷̯̿ ̶͕̉Ẃ̶̨H̷̔ͅE̸̎͜E̷̳̾Z̵̙̑E̸͉̎R̸͖̓]̸̟͘

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    ok wtf I just got an ad about procrastination

  • AldZ G

    AldZ G

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    I saw this video recommended to me in 2020. I just watched it.

  • jennifer andrea espinosa flores

    jennifer andrea espinosa flores

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    I spent one extra year in the university due to procrastination and getting late everywhere. I got late to the last exam.

  • bnxna_milk


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    As a procrastinator I can relate, I’ll procrastinate about work while feeling stressed about the work I haven’t done-

  • Rohit RD

    Rohit RD

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    Sirf 8:40 - "India" sunn ne ke liye - mei Procrastinate kar raha hu.....
    its strange but, Procrastination dont have any restrictions...

  • TheQuietOne


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    Thank you for helping me procrastinate far more.

  • Camille Itchon

    Camille Itchon

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  • Iksan Ginting

    Iksan Ginting

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    Funny, watch it while i'm procastinating

  • Noorish Ataef

    Noorish Ataef

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    He should name his son sub

  • MontagZoso


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    Eh...I’ll watch this tomorrow. Oh. Wait. 😖

  • Nina Mukherji

    Nina Mukherji

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    Oh my God I can so relate to this.. add sneaking away to play a few games of chess to that list of yours !

  • ωнσαηυвιѕ


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    I was procrastinating on homework by watching a guy give a presentation about procrastinating.. this is my life.

  • manudad_uki


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    Why did I get an ad about procrastination on this video..

    • paddy


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      Because the video is about procrastination

  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon

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    I don't know if it's procrastinating but I find it easier to run a marathon than to make a fucking PowerPoint presentation

  • LSArts ss

    LSArts ss

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    I should be doing my homework right now...

  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon

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    I'm only here for the comments cause I'm too lazy to actually watch the video lol

  • Ponyo The God

    Ponyo The God

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    He’s lying. I’m a procrastinating legend. I don’t have a panic monster.

    I’m never afraid of deadlines, even if I have ti hand in something tomorrow with no work done

  • ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ


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    and i got an ad by time theory about procrastination on this video...lmao

  • J C

    J C

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    We are in tribal times lol , come on man
    This ain’t advanced yet

  • Vivian Sun

    Vivian Sun

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    when i first clicked on this video, I didn't know how much I could relate to this.

  • Lillia Keller

    Lillia Keller

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    Me literally procrastinating while watching ted talks.

  • Natsume Riki

    Natsume Riki

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    idk why im watching this when i havent start my assignments and the deadline is in 12 hours--

  • Anelly


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    Sure people had it on their watch later and are barely watching now, but i had it on my watch later later🤚

  • Bingham Guevara

    Bingham Guevara

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    Took me a whole month to watch this 15 min video

  • Chaitali Raval

    Chaitali Raval

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    So true! All of us are procrastinaters!

  • Mayibongwe Ndlovu

    Mayibongwe Ndlovu

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    "I can be given an assignment to complete in 2 years and I would still do it the day before" - StudentX

  • Sahid Tenorio

    Sahid Tenorio

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    I took three months to watch the full clip

  • Dre Arroyo

    Dre Arroyo

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    Oof. The shoe fit for this one

  • Mike Kilhoffer

    Mike Kilhoffer

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    I’m actually a procrastinator!😐

  • Mike Kilhoffer

    Mike Kilhoffer

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    Does TED stand for anything?

  • Oscar


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    I have a certification test I could’ve taken 2 weeks ago and deadline is in 2 days. Haven’t studied a thing. Watching this instead ☹️

  • Adrien Pinard

    Adrien Pinard

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    The crowded thomas neurologically surround because syrup logically tour until a toothsome pond. null, bored plow

  • Bronagh Cleary

    Bronagh Cleary

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    currently procrastinating college work while watching a video about procrastinating

  • Sibanarayan M

    Sibanarayan M

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    Basically, it's me getting to know more about my brain 🧠

  • Jack Simpson

    Jack Simpson

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    The monkey killed everyone in my brain

  • RED Chard

    RED Chard

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    12:20 this guy's very eager

  • Sushil Ghonse

    Sushil Ghonse

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    Saving this video to watch later

  • Shreya Vemuluri

    Shreya Vemuluri

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  • SuperKingYT


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    yay I;'m a master procrastinator! but.. is that a good thing??