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Have you ever lost hours surfing the Internet, repeatedly checking your emails or strolling to the water cooler for the umpteenth time – all when you should be working? If so, you’re not alone. With uproarious results, self-professed “master procrastinator” Tim Urban nimbly identifies the nub of the issue. Though Urban’s quirky lecture circumvents serious cognitive science theory, his analysis deftly describes a common human flaw. getAbstract urges you not to put off watching this witty, perceptive talk about a destructive habit that most people share to some degree.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why many people procrastinate,
  • How the brain of a habitual procrastinator functions and
  • Why long-term procrastination can have dire consequences.

About the Speaker

Writer Tim Urban records his amusing observations on his blog, Wait But Why.



At college, blogger Tim Urban majored in government, a subject that required him to write many essays. Though he always intended to begin work on his assignments ahead of time, he would end up scrambling to complete papers at the last minute. As a senior, Urban had the entire school year to write a ...

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    joy wang 2 years ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries I watched this Ted lecture on TV before, and the lecturer made some funny pictures to show the concepts. It is a really good article which make you look back at yourself and think about the way to become a better self.
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    Ashish Agarwal 2 years ago
    I do not believe in the need of any 'crutches' to walk the talk and feel that self regulation and freedom to do one's best is the only right way for anyone to function; hence, I do not subscribe to the speaker's need of arbitrary deadlines, processes, procedures etc. to do the right thing, and labeling of anyone as 'procrastinator'.

    I'd also suggest 'Procrastinate on Purpose' for further reading on the topic.
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    Shiela Marie Ladroma 2 years ago
    Will concept in a healthy procrastination-when you need that headspace to sort the best solutions given the pressure and the set goal.