Episode 39

Tim Urban on Asking Why and Appreciating Life


In this episode of the Elevate Podcast, host Robert Glazer sits down with Tim Urban creator of the popular blog Wait But Why. In a wide ranging conversation, Robert and Tim dig into Tim’s career as a writer, his TED Talk on why everybody is a procrastinator, and an eye-opening post Tim wrote that creates a visual timeline of a human life and emphasizes that we have less time with loved ones than we think, even in the best case scenario.

Tim’s blog, Wait But Why, draws millions of views to each new post, and his TED Talk, “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator,” has been viewed over 30 million times.

Show Notes

On this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • How Tim became a professional writer almost by accident.
  • Tim’s blog Wait But Why, including how he started it and his process in creating new posts and finding fascinating topics.
  • Tim’s TED Talk on procrastination, including why Tim thinks everybody is a procrastinator.
  • The difference between urgent tasks and important ones.
  • Tim’s Life Calendar concept, which places all the weeks in a human life in a visual format.
  • Why it’s vital to take a zoomed out view on life and the way we spend our time.
  • Changes Tim has made in his life since writing about the Life Calendar.
  • A mistake Tim has made, and what he learned from it.

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Links from the Episode
Episode Transcription
“Your Life in Weeks” by Tim Urban
“The Tail End” by Tim Urban
“Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” TED Talk by Tim Urban


Guest: Tim Urban
Twitter: https://twitter.com/waitbutwhy
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-urban-56927430/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waitbutwhy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waitbutwhy/

Host: Robert Glazer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robert_glazer
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glazer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertSGlazer/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertglazer_/

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