Krystan Lewin5873435ENC 2304Strong Response EssayMethod to the MadnessIt is no secret that people enjoy doing things that make them happy, it is also no secret that people will put off things that do not necessarily make them happy. We have all at some point in our lives put something off until later or the last minute for whatever reason. For some procrastination, is a much larger aspect of their lives. I myself struggle with procrastination all the time, even now as I write this paper at 1am, I understand how it feels to leave something offtill the last minute. Followed by a surge of adrenaline as I race to finish whatever it is that I have put off. For some procrastination is not a problem and the idea of finishing tasks in a timely fashion is just the norm and for others procrastination is all they know. Why would someone deliberately wait until their deadline was upon them do finish an assignment, why would they purposely make things more difficult for themselves? From the outside procrastination makes little to no sense, in his TED Talk “Inside the Mind of Master Procrastinator”, blogger and writer Tim Urban, tries to explore the reasoning behind procrastination by presenting an otherwise illogical course of actions in a practical way.Urban opens his speech with a light hearted story recounting a personal instance that his procrastination had almost gotten the better of him. He explains how his carefully devised plan for completing his senior thesis quickly devolved into a 72 mad dash to write 90 pages. He then goes on to explain the differences between the minds of a procrastinator and a non-procrastinator. Through the use of simple cartoon slides, Urban explains that the reason that a procrastinator struggles with completing work on time is because they struggle with balancing the drive to make rational decisions and to do things that gratify them instantly. Noting that someone who severely struggles with procrastination experiences a more powerful drive to seek instant gratification than that of a normal rational decision maker. Urban then proceeds to explain how the mind of a procrastinator is more prone to prefer to do things that are easy and fun rather than things that are less fun and more productive. Urban then elaborates on the
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