This insightful but light-hearted TED Talk by Tim Urban shares his experience with procrastination. Affecting people of all ages, it’s interesting to understand the simple difference between the 2 types.
First, there is the procrastination with deadlines attached. This is the one we are all very conscious of from a young age. Whether it’s doing chores around the house to school assignments.
Second, there’s the type with no deadlines attached. Being far less visible or talked about, long term regret and unhappiness could be a potential consequence of this type of procrastination. As a result people may feel like a spectator in their own lives.
Having this understanding can potentially help individuals, teachers and educators put measures in place to help students that struggle with procrastination.
And Tim’s 3 brains analogy (with the rational decision maker, the instant gratification monkey, and the panic monster) may well be a great way to share this message with a younger audience.
See the full 15 minute TED Talk below.
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