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 MNmore 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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    26 минутын өмнө

    This video was recommended to me at 3 AM. Scarily accurate algorithm there!

  2. Edvin Lindblom

    Edvin Lindblom

    32 минутын өмнө

    lol jag e fan fet

  3. Elijah Ruelas

    Elijah Ruelas

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    Wow, I didn’t know Poe Dameron was a public speaker. COOL!

  4. Harshit Kamboj

    Harshit Kamboj

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    Good speech

  5. KT TPWK


    3 цагийн өмнө

    me watching this because it was in the recommended section of the MNmore video I have to watch due tmrw

  6. jordan


    3 цагийн өмнө

    it’s 1am and i have an essay due at 7am that I haven’t started 😰😰😰

  7. eSviaR


    3 цагийн өмнө

    who else is procratinating by watching this

  8. Coffee_kawaii19


    3 цагийн өмнө

    *possibly watches this when I have a test and essay due tommorow*....

  9. The Hellion

    The Hellion

    3 цагийн өмнө

    Physics test in a couple hours. I could have started on Thursday. Today is the day we do it. I started studying like 3 hours ago. Goodbye hopes

  10. Andrea Cardenas

    Andrea Cardenas

    4 цагийн өмнө

    "Well, this is due in a week. I need to write an entire essay about something I have no idea about!" "Well, I should take a small break since I've been doing SO MUCH today!" "Oh it's already 10:30 P.M.? Well that's almost 11, which is close to 12. I need good sleep if I'm to do an entire essay!" *sleeps* "Oh, I have four assignments due today!" "Oh I deserve a break!" "It's already 9 P.M.? Well, I need a good 9 or 8 hours of sleep. I usually wake up at 6, I'm too tired to do the math, let's just go to sleep." *sleeps* "Today has been hard, let's just hang out I DESERVE IT!" *sleeps* "Well, we have what? Four more days to do my essay, today I'll plan out how'll I'll do it!" *plans then sleeps* "Okay three days, but I have a couple of assignments due today." "Wait this is a pretty cool 3 hour documentary" "I'll watch this and do my work!" *sleeps after* "I kinda want to learn how to code." "Also, I want to listen to some scary stories!" *sleeps* "Oh cool it's the weekend! Let's rest!" "Wait, the essay is due today?! Who assigns homework on the weekend, these teachers suck!! It's already 10 P.M.!"

  11. Violet Mujica

    Violet Mujica

    4 цагийн өмнө

    the fact that Im procrastinating my homework rn by suddenly remembering this video exists and deciding this would be the perfect time to watch it

  12. Bruh Man

    Bruh Man

    5 цагийн өмнө

    Me: Id do It tommorow. I can make it in time. Also Me: *oh no*

  13. Marshall Colangelo

    Marshall Colangelo

    6 цагийн өмнө

    Did you just pressed most popular

  14. Dommicus Micus

    Dommicus Micus

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  16. Paul Honey

    Paul Honey

    11 цагийн өмнө

    Can't believe I just watched this

  17. I O

    I O

    11 цагийн өмнө

    If he was a true master procrasinator then he would've rescheduled the talk to a later date



    11 цагийн өмнө

    After I see the panic monster im like, nice drawings bro

  19. Forrest Houser

    Forrest Houser

    12 цагийн өмнө

    Why put off until tomorrow what is possible to avoid indefinitely...

  20. GG r

    GG r

    13 цагийн өмнө

    so i have a monkey in my head nice

  21. Adrien Pinard

    Adrien Pinard

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  22. Truth Seeker

    Truth Seeker

    15 цагийн өмнө

    That picture of the boxes hurt

  23. Brooklyn Hughes

    Brooklyn Hughes

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  24. Luveesh Purswani

    Luveesh Purswani

    15 цагийн өмнө

    Can this stop being recommended to me??

  25. Wanda Jacobs

    Wanda Jacobs

    16 цагийн өмнө

    I needed this as a habitual procrastinator! Trying to break free!!

  26. nebster680


    17 цагийн өмнө

    I found this while procrastinating

  27. BoozPews


    17 цагийн өмнө

    Why does ted never talk himself?

  28. dager


    17 цагийн өмнө

    Due date was last week Friday Me: 👁👁 👄

  29. Andy T

    Andy T

    18 цагийн өмнө

    Story of my life

  30. russo thuga

    russo thuga

    18 цагийн өмнө

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  31. Aleix Ruiz Sorribes

    Aleix Ruiz Sorribes

    18 цагийн өмнө

    This is the most relatable thing I will ever watch.

  32. Aaron Aberin

    Aaron Aberin

    18 цагийн өмнө

    He inspired me to do my stay afloats due tonight at 12:00 am

  33. Knight Of NI

    Knight Of NI

    18 цагийн өмнө

    I was procrastinating but this video made me do my work

  34. alexandra D

    alexandra D

    19 цагийн өмнө

    The guys at 12:18 reevaluating their entire life

  35. Liezzle Concepcion

    Liezzle Concepcion

    19 цагийн өмнө

    my grade average was 95 now i have 89. i failed

  36. Blase


    19 цагийн өмнө

    laughed so much while watching this video because I've never seen someone explained it in the right words!! I really want to stop procrastinating, but it doesn't feel that good for me to finish it before the deadline, and I always manage to get my work done despite doing it days/minutes before the deadline, that's why I still procrastinate lol HHNNGG

  37. Cap Mr.

    Cap Mr.

    20 цагийн өмнө

    y'all are still procastinating by reading comments

  38. Delbert Kopplin

    Delbert Kopplin

    21 цагийн өмнө

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  39. VanDeBoom 15

    VanDeBoom 15

    21 цагийн өмнө

    Yeah, this video didn’t help I’m still going to procrastinate

  40. Emma Watsica

    Emma Watsica

    22 цагийн өмнө

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  41. Jakob-Alexander HENGGELER

    Jakob-Alexander HENGGELER

    22 цагийн өмнө

    Im watching this video instead of studying for my math assesment

  42. EnergyMaxWh


    23 цагийн өмнө

    I saved this to Watch Later

  43. angel akhir

    angel akhir

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  44. Raj Hansh Ojha

    Raj Hansh Ojha

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Omg so relatable 🤣

  45. Jack Seddon

    Jack Seddon

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Why is one character right and others not? A successful procrastinator moves beyond this and does nothing, becoming a true cunctator.

  46. brinda pillei

    brinda pillei

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I feel attacked....

  47. Vincent Nguyen

    Vincent Nguyen

    Өдрийн өмнө

    This is the most important TED Talk to society, this needs to have billions of views

  48. Yu Hailey

    Yu Hailey

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I’ve said this too many times “I’ll do it tomorrow” when it’s assigned, and “I still have time, I’ll do it when I wake up!” But that’s 2 hours before the due.

  49. Don Dunn

    Don Dunn

    Өдрийн өмнө

    So me!

  50. Kasandra Peterson

    Kasandra Peterson

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Whoa, that guy totally gets me...

  51. David C

    David C

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    Procrastinated by putting this in my Watch Later for weeks

  52. Bikram Gurung

    Bikram Gurung

    Өдрийн өмнө

    ... and here I am - procrastinating !

  53. Juan Hernandez

    Juan Hernandez

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  54. Epic Bosco

    Epic Bosco

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    I’m gonna watch this later, seems interesting

  55. Morgan Leigh

    Morgan Leigh

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  56. Stardust Newspapers

    Stardust Newspapers

    Өдрийн өмнө

    haha nice informative video not like i have several projects shoved to the side just to slack off at 2 am like this man sure sucks i dont have adhd meds for my executive dysfunction i can totally live without them tho

  57. Cindy Z.

    Cindy Z.

    Өдрийн өмнө

    3rd type of procrastinator: the ones who only procrastinate on things related to oneself but not the things related to anyone else

  58. Sir borris and Football Entertainment politics show

    Sir borris and Football Entertainment politics show

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I have no clue what he is saying but I’m still laughing

  59. can i get uuh

    can i get uuh

    Өдрийн өмнө

    im supposed to be writing a final paper on sleep haha

  60. raikobi


    Өдрийн өмнө

    I once saw a guy writing his paper the class it was due (in a masters course). Respect

  61. Kator Abaagu

    Kator Abaagu

    Өдрийн өмнө

    What a genius. Tim is able to comprehend a complex behaviour, present it in the most simplest of forms, and do so without jeopardizing the depth and weight of the matter. One of my best Ted Talks ever.

  62. citron maudit

    citron maudit

    Өдрийн өмнө

    One day our computer Teatcher skipped class and we had to read the class online(i didn't). The class was about how to make a website and we had to do a site on how to protect your computer from viruses. I starter doing it the day we had to send it, at 1am, after the usual wifi cut for the night until 7am

  63. lizzly25


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    That panic monster looks like he loves TUUUUUBES.

  64. Ducky momo is bestie

    Ducky momo is bestie

    Өдрийн өмнө

    POV: you are about to comment about how you are procrastinating while watching this

  65. Ai Tri

    Ai Tri

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Legit hilarious! 😂😂😂

  66. Annalee Stuessy

    Annalee Stuessy

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  67. toad


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    This is literally just adhd lmao

  68. jayden Nguyen

    jayden Nguyen

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  69. Viis, the random one.

    Viis, the random one.

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    I guess I'll watch this video later.

  70. kotryna kokomiko

    kotryna kokomiko

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Kills a person, me: Oh im such a Gemini ;3 :D

  71. Alex Pun

    Alex Pun

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I was going to procrestinate by watching this procrestinstion video, but end up procrestinating the procrestination by putting the procresrination video on my watch later list

  72. Create With Verity

    Create With Verity

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I started with wedding dress embroidery... then looked at how much a campervan conversion would sell for, took a left at the increase in domestic violence during the pandemic, drove around the roundabout and ended up at inside the mind of a master procrastinator. I love you internet, but now I'm going to go and do something productive.

  73. Hari Prasojo

    Hari Prasojo

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    Matthew Lominy

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  75. Ido Munthe

    Ido Munthe

    Өдрийн өмнө

    "It's always been a dream of mine to have done a TED Talk in the past." 8:10 How is that funny? Can anybody help me, i don't really get what he meant.

    • Leart


      Өдрийн өмнө

      What he meant was that he wants to do that ted talk just so he could brag about it to everyone lol

  76. Kiwikewt


    Өдрийн өмнө

    This is the one exception, I wish to be monke no more.. I just want to be happy.

  77. Mc builder

    Mc builder

    Өдрийн өмнө

    damn that actually hits hard but makes me laugh the thesis part is how i do my school work

  78. Vaibhav Kamade

    Vaibhav Kamade

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  79. jamimah Paul

    jamimah Paul

    Өдрийн өмнө

    That was one of the BEST Ted talks ever

  80. Aubrae Hersel

    Aubrae Hersel

    Өдрийн өмнө

    My best friend 🐒

  81. Вячеслав Афанасьев

    Вячеслав Афанасьев

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I’ll watch it... later

  82. Walter Bowers

    Walter Bowers

    2 өдрийн өмнө

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  83. Leonela Martinez

    Leonela Martinez

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    so we're all living the same life huh?

  84. Ms. Panda

    Ms. Panda

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Its just fun to do things easy and chill... 😀 this talk sums my whole personality.



    2 өдрийн өмнө

    One of the best ted talk i have never seen 👦👦👦👦👦

  86. Stoy Wilson

    Stoy Wilson

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I was starting to watch this , but decided to put it off till later .

  87. Giuag Usg

    Giuag Usg

    2 өдрийн өмнө

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  88. Lemo Lemonade

    Lemo Lemonade

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Not @ me watching this when I'm taking an exam

  89. Dan Kaiburr

    Dan Kaiburr

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I was procrastinating when i began watching this video months ago, but I began procrastinating on watching it too, it just showed up in my recommendations after I saved it for later. Still procrastinating on something to watch this.

  90. I am Krazy

    I am Krazy

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    There is homework due to tomorrow But I really wanna rewatch that clip I’ve watched over 1000 times again

  91. daddy


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I've been procrastinating this video, had it on watch later for months now

  92. Shashank Singh

    Shashank Singh

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Why is this so relatable?

  93. I'll_Steal_Your_PB&J


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Watching this video right now instead of writing my paper. Watched 20 TED videos and countless other videos since it was assigned a month ago.

  94. James Miller

    James Miller

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    well then I have a monkey problem

  95. CashSplashNasa


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    When I read the title I thought wait when did they do a documentary about me?

  96. David C.

    David C.

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Ok I'll watch this video later, I'll just read a few comments for now...

  97. Austin Yaussi

    Austin Yaussi

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    He forgot the part where the panic monster wakes up and scares the monkey, they goes back to sleep when he sees the hard working side of me start working. Once he goes back to sleep the monkey comes back right away.

  98. Dominick Capaldo

    Dominick Capaldo

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Hey guys im doing english assignment what is the thesis of this ted talk please help.

  99. thesmalllebowski


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I was wondering what Ralph Macchio was doing these days...

  100. W4CCK


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    ha, I haven't even *started* procrastinating