Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

15 March 2016

Tim Urban about rehearsing for his TED Talk:

I’ve mentioned before that we all have this problem where we’re weirdly obsessed with what other people think of us, so it makes sense that public speaking should be our collective phobia.

But then we also live in a world where public speaking can happen to any of us at any time. […]

"Hey TED Staff,

I've decided to do my talk on procrastination. It's the thing I'm best at.


November Tim"


[My rehearsal] was three days before my talk—and it was pretty rough, confirming to me and everyone present that I was officially not a fraud when it came to my topic. The irony of a guy rehearsing his TED Talk about how he’s a bad procrastinator, and being clearly underprepared while doing so, was not lost on anyone.

UPDATE: and the talk is up on TED. No surprise: it's great.