You must be wondering if Climate Change is really a big deal then why is my newsfeed filled with trolls and memes but no discussion about Climate Change? If it is really something of a major concern then all big organizations and governments would be working on it.
So the answer to not paying attention to this serious issue comes down to Procrastination. You must also be thinking, Aakash now what is procrastination? And what does it have to do with Climate Change? And why are you sharing about it with us? But read till the end and I bet you will agree to not disagree with me.
Ted Talks? Tell me about it.
I regularly watch Ted Talks since it is a reliable source of information. I know I am taking a long road to come to the point but bear with me. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design and is a nonprofit organisation that works to spread ideas usually in the form of short and powerful talks. So you can hear speakers from over the world talking about different subjects. From science to global issues to daily life, you can find something for yourself that will encourage you. Do yourself a favour and check them out: Here
Now, who is Tim Urban?
So while browsing I came across the TED Talk by Tim Urban on: “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator.” Tim Urban is the coolest, funniest, and weirdest blogger I have come across so far. He also runs a blog named: “Wait But Why” where he explains the most complex topics in the simplest way with his stick figures. I became his fan just by reading his ‘About Us’ page and I am sure you will love him too. He is hilarious and can even explain rocket science to second graders.
In June 2015, Tim Urban was invited by Elon Musk to write about his companies and their surrounding industries, on ‘Wait But Why’. Tim Urban interviewed Elon Musk over the importance of sustainable transport, solar energy, and the future of space exploration. So now you know he is sort of a big deal, and why not?
Finally, let’s talk about Procrastination
Now that you know what is Ted Talk and who is Tim Urban, let’s come on his Ted Talk about Procrastination. Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something and this is what Tim Urban shared from his experience.
“In college, personal freedom worked as a disaster for me. I had to hand in papers from time to time. I would do those the night before until I realized I could actually start them in the early morning on the day they were due. This behavior reached its peak when I was not able to start writing my 90-page senior thesis until 72 hours before it was due. I did finish the thesis, but was it great? NOPE.”
Inside the Mind of a Procrastinator
So that made Tim believe that the mind of a non-procrastinator has a rational and sensible decision-maker. He does the right things at the right time and everything is happy and perfect.
But the mind of a procrastinator has someone along. Let’s all say hello to the Instant Gratification Monkey. He ignores lessons from the past, disregards the future altogether, and loves living in the present moment. With the monkey in charge, the procrastinator also finds himself spending a lot of time in a place called the Dark Playground.
A Dark Playground is a place where we find ourselves doing things that we probably shouldn’t do at that time. The fun you have in the Dark Playground isn’t actually fun because it’s completely unearned and the air is filled with guilt, anxiety, self-hatred, and dread.
Thank God, Panic Monster comes to save us when we face deadlines. Seems like Panic Monster is dormant most of the time, but he suddenly wakes up when a deadline gets too close or there are some other scary consequences.
You must be thinking ‘Oh! I am fine with deadlines’ so I am not a procrastinator. But let me tell you the real challenge probably comes when there are no deadlines. When there are no deadlines, there is no Panic Monster to wake us up. In such a case, we tend to delay things uncertainly until the worse happens.
What does Climate Change have to do with Procrastination?
Okay so try to connect the dots. ‘Climate Change and Procrastination’ did anything click yet? Well, let me explain. Just because Climate Change is not personal, we think it’s not real. If you read my other articles that talks about the facts on Climate Change and how fast we are heading to our end maybe your Panic Monster will wake up. Why not teach your rational mind to tame the instant gratification monkey? Once that’s done, Voila! You both are on the same team, sitting on a couch thinking about making a difference towards Climate Change.
So that’s all for now, the next time you hear from me you might have to get some popcorn ready. I will share some interesting documentary for you on Climate Change. Until then, why not hear this Ted Talk from the man himself:
We think since Climate Change is something that will happen in the future so why not do whatever we want now and deal with what comes later? Because of the same thought process, we miss out on so many things that we want to achieve in life. We give up on things before even starting. But ask yourself, can you really afford to ignore Climate Change? Is there anything you can do to make a difference? Can your small efforts lead to a big change? The answer will always be Yes!
This is Aakash Ranison, Signing Off,
Be Curious, Be the Change.