Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator- Tim Urban TED Talk
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Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator- Tim Urban TED Talk

Are you a procrastinator? If so you are not alone as the school year is now in full swing it is tempting to put off school work to play a video game, hang out with friends and watch a movie. Tim Urban the speaker walks us through his experience in college about writing papers. He had a hypothesis of that the brains of procrastinators were actually different than the brains of other people. And to test this, I found an MRI lab that actually let me scan both my brain and the brain of a proven non-procrastinator, so I could compare them. 

Both brains have a Rational Decision-Maker in them, but the procrastinator’s brain also has an Instant Gratification Monkey. Now, what does this mean for the procrastinator? Well, it means everything’s fine until this happens. So the Rational Decision-Maker will make the rational decision to do something productive, but the Monkey doesn’t like that plan, so he actually takes the wheel, and will do anything else but write the paper. 

A place that all of you procrastinators out there know very well. It’s where leisure activities happen at times when leisure activities are not supposed to be happening. The fun you have in the Dark Playground isn’t actually fun, because it’s completely unearned, and the air is filled with guilt, dread, anxiety, self-hatred — all of those good procrastinator feelings. And the question is, in this situation, with the Monkey behind the wheel, how does the procrastinator ever get himself over here to this blue zone, a less pleasant place, but where really important things happen?

Once you realize you have procrastinated too much you start to panic! So here are some tips to manage procrastination

  • Set healthy breaks
  • remove the temptation for instant gratification
  • Make a schedule with tasks to complete homework and papers
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