3 Ted Talks That Are Perfect for Productive Procrastination

If you are sitting on the couch, having tons of work to do but don’t feel like doing it, then you’re suffered from procrastination problem.

I totally relate to this struggle and will fall into the endless pit of procrastination when I really do not want to do something.

However, today, I provide you with a more enlightening form of procrastination: TED Talks. Sure, you might be thinking that watching a TED Talk is just like procrastinating.

But when you are choosing to watch one on a topic that really interests you, it can be an awesome mental break and who knows, it may just provide you with some inspiration to help you live a more productive life.

Here are the best 3 TED talks that are worth your procrastination.

Tim Urban – Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

I first came into his (Tim Urban) “content website” (he doesn’t want to call it a “blog”) Wait but why a couple of months ago and really like the way he and his team distribute the content- profound and fun, along with some bad-drawing. This TED talk is not an exception.

With 3 characters: Rational decision-maker, Instant Gratification Monkey and Panic Monster, Tim did a great job in making the audience understand what’s is really going on in a procrastinator mind.

We are rational people. However, instant thoughts sometimes take place of our rational decision. This keeps happening until the deadline (Panic Monster) turns up, pumps up your energy and make yourself rolling with the tasks.


We need to think about what we’re really procrastinating on, because everyone is procrastinating something in life. We need to stay aware of the Instant Gratification Monkey. That’s the job for all of us. And because our life is not too long, it’s the job that should probably start today.

Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

I watched this talk couple of months ago and I was amazed at the way Adam Grant perform: calm and wise.

As the title mentions, this talk emphasizes three unexpected habits of originals, including

They’re always late to the party

Pre-crastinators are least creative, procrastinators are most creative (but not the most chronic ones). Originals do the task back of their mind, their procrastination gives them different unexpected ideas.

Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity

They’re the improvers, not the movers

It is much easier to improve on somebody else’s idea than to start something fresh.

You don’t have to be the first, but you have to be better

Originals feel doubt and fear

They have backup plans. 2 Kinds of doubt:

  • Self-doubt is paralyzing, it leads you to freeze.
  • Idea doubt is energizing, it motivates to test, refine, modify.

Originals question the model for its failure, they never doubt themselves. They know that biggest disappointment is not their actions, it’s their inactions. Originals have tons of bad ideas, they fail the most. It’s just that they try out many times.

Meg Jay – Why 30 is not new 20

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay gave a TED talk that may make 30-somethings or almost-30-somethings break out in a nervous sweat. Here’s her main message:

You know how you’re always hearing that 30 is the new 20? Phew, right? Wrong!

Here are a few reasons your twenties DO matter, according to Jay:

80 percent of life’s most defining moments take place by age 35. The first 10 years of your career has an exponential impact on how much you’ll earn. Over half of Americans are with their future partner by 30.The brain has its second and last growth spurt in your 20s.

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