Wait But Why – inside the minds of procrastinators

I’ve been reading Wait But Why for a while now ever since stumbling upon Tim’s excruciatingly-long dissertation on how cars came to run on fossil fuels and despite the best efforts of the oil industry, electric cars can and will prevail.

What is Wait But Why I hear you ask? It’s a website by a guy called Tim Urban who is an extreme procrastinator, like I can be. When something intrigues him, he researches it until he’s read all there is to read about that subject. Then he digests and regurgitates that information for us to consume.

His writing is excellent being very descriptive, humourous and detailed all at the same time. And his comical cartoons and charts (similar in style to The Oatmeal) that accompany his posts make them all the more enjoyable.

So when I heard that he had done a TED talk, I eagerly awaited its release on the podcast. As it turns out we didn’t have to wait all that long at all as his talk was released just last week.

Watch this hilarious talk on who Tim is and what is inside his mind that makes him such a huge procrastinator. If that’s not enough to tempt you suffice to say that he had an MRI done and it revealed that there was a monkey in his brain.

For even more titillation, read his back-story on how he planned for his TED talk.

By Dave

Dave is the proud father of Ellie and Jack. There's nothing that makes him happier than spending time with his incredible wife and their amazing children. He's a civil/mechanical engineer and he also builds and maintains WordPress websites.

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