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.

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43 COMMENTS

  1. Tutor: send me the essay draft a week before the due date
    Me: started to remember that I have an assignment 3 days before the due date
    :')

  2. I always knew that I am a procrastinator but never thought about the deadline thing, don't like my job but I'm still doing it, may be because there is no deadline now that I think and like he said procrastination is worst when there is no deadlines, his speech really pushed to reflection

  3. For any other fellow masters out there I recommend checking out the song Tomorrow with Paperboys, a song to live by fellas!

  4. The funniest thing I've ever heard in my life is Gratification Monkey, Panic Monster and I struggling between them.

  5. If we have a Rational-decision-maker and a monkey in our brains, doesnt that mean the monkey and the Rational-decision-maker also has a monkey and rational-decision maker in their brains?

  6. As a long time procrastinator, my advice is: if any new task emerges, do it immediately. Don’t even overthink it. There’s nothing like starting a weekend with no obligations left behind, no “I’ll do it on Sunday, definitely”. Don’t fool yourself into thinking your time of leisure will be the same before you do it because in the back of your head your conscience will remind you of the task.
    When I was in college, I had a very important exam the day after a holiday that I would spend with my family traveling. Something clicked that one time and I decided I wouldn’t spend my travel with books and all nighters. I studied everything I had to up until the last day before the trip and then didn’t touch a book for the duration of the trip (4 days). I nailed a 97% on the exam. But, most importantly, I felt so relaxed and proud of myself during the trip, not because I felt I would get a good grade, but because I did the right thing that time. I finally lived by my old man moto: “obligations before fun”.
    I now treat my procrastination like a mild chemical dependency. I don’t want to minimize who goes trough serious drug problems, but my process is similar to alcoholism: don’t ever take the first sip.

  7. Usually happens this way, but sometimes the monkey is not affraid anymore to the panic monster and then your world falls to pieces.

  8. Mom: everything happens for a reason dear where we are now is where god planned for us to be
    Me: *not able to get into an Ivy League college because of terrible grades and consistent absences*….mom-
    Mom: hush now go pray
    Me: talking to god u planned this for me? I actually wanted to go to Columbia university….
    God:….
    Me: realizes I’m in 12 grade and I still have time MS GREEN! I NEED EXTRA CREDIT! HOW MANY CLUBS ARE LEFT? WHAT WORK CAN I MAKE UP? CAN I REDO THE PAPER TO CHANGE MY GRADE?!
    Ms. Green: u do this every month hands me missing assignments
    Me: runs to do it @-@ I gotta use the bathroom
    Mom: U FINISHED UR WORK YET?!
    Me: on the Nintendo switch Uhhhh

  9. I know the video is suppoed to be funny, but I'm gonna drop a serious motivational quote anyway.

    "One day, or day one. You decide."

  10. I had toothache 2 days in a row, didn't sleep for more than 3 hours each night. Called sick to work and used the excuse that my teeth hurt, and told them that I will go to a dentist.

    Guess what I did?

    I stayed in my room for 2 days watching youtube/movies and gaming, and my condition is getting a lot worse. I don't have any sick days left and my salary is cut because of Corona.

    I'm 26 years of age, and been a procrastinator all my life. I really want from whoever reads this, to work hard and beat this disease. Its is a disease, I've been like this in my college days too. Did whatever I wanted, and submitted homework/projects late. I didn't bother to find a good company to do my internship, so I found the closest company to my house so I can return quickly and play games. I still managed to get 3.2/4 GPA, but it really pains me when my friends that I started college with and taken same classes with the same degree are getting paid twice as much as I do.

    I procrastinated losing weight, saving money. I have been working for 3 years and I have less than 1000$ in my savings account. I procrastinated fixing my teeth, even though that I know people hate to be around me because my teeth stink. I always had bad teeth and my family didn't have enough for dentist visit, so I ended up losing 5 of them. I even remember one night when I was 15 or 17 and I couldn't sleep because of my teeth, so I went to the bathroom and broke the tooth with my hand. Got tissues and slept with a bloody mouth. Next morning, the pain was gone yes, but I ended up having a dark hole in that area with a dead nerve and smelly breath. Can you imagine being 26, and having 5 empty holes in your mouth? I asked around for loan to fix my teeth, and I learned that I will need at least 1500$ per tooth for each. I lost all hope to save money for that so I spend money on food/games/online subscriptions to fill this void. I do still procrastinate going to therapy, lately I've been thinking seriously to end it all. I have been in the dark since Sept 2019, last year I chickened out, I hope the same happens this year too.

    I don't know who am I writing this for? for me?

    Its too late to do anything, screw it all

  11. I’m weird bc I can study for a test and do my work for a subject I genuinely enjoy (psychology for example) but I’ve had 2 weeks to do a piece of coursework for my criminology unit and I just can’t pull myself together and finish it.

  12. I haven't seen this video yet……and its been in my savelist promise 1½ year……..height of procrastination

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