Andrew Bryson Kathy Temple ENG 112-INHS1 October 24, 2018 To Do or Not To Do: The Analysis Tim Urban’s TED talk “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” presents a humorous approach to explaining procrastination. Urban breaks procrastination down into two types of procrastination: one that focuses on deadlines with more immediate consequences and one that is more long-term not centered on any deadlines. He believes all people are procrastinators to some degree. Urban uses visual imagery in the form of characters to help the audience understand deadline oriented procrastination. The character, the Rational Decision Maker tries to keep us in check doing what we should be doing when we should be doing it. Along comes the Instant Gratification Monkey which according to Urban only wants that which is “easy and fun.” As a deadline approaches Urban explains the normally dormant Panic Monster wakes up and rages full force screaming this is due soon. Procrastination without a deadline is more serious because the Instant Gratification Monkey remains unleashed as the Panic Monster doesn’t really ever awaken to push us to begin that which we have never started. Urban equates life to a series of boxes and that we only have so many to open so do not delay and begin today what we need to do. Urban’s theory of procrastination, however, does not take into account that delays might have roots in reasons other than
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