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The Wheedler works hard to convince us that we can put it off

Carpe Diem cartoon - The Wheedler

(Note: Other cartoons in the series below.)

Carpe Diem - meaning literally "seize the day." The full text from Horace's Odes is carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero or "enjoy today, trusting little in tomorrow."

This expression has been used for centuries with contrasting meanings. For example, it has been used to celebrate and defend procrastination with a focus on enjoying the moment - "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you may die." Yet, it has also been used as an admonition; scolding ourselves to focus on the pressing task at hand with expressions such as "make hay while the sun shines."

What better title for our comic?! Carpe Diem allows us to laugh at our propensity to put it off, while lamenting the tragedy of our inability to seize the day and accomplish our goals! Laugh or cry, we hope you'll enjoy the situations we portray.

About the creators . . . A psychologist and an artist,Tim and Paul have combined talents to produce this new series of cartoons that capture the best and the worst about procrastination.

You can learn more about Paul's cartoons at

Past Cartoons . . .

Cognitive Dissonance and procrastination

Carpe Diem cartoon about dissonance

Avoidance goals

Carpe Diem cartoon - approach and avoidance goals



Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence and procrastination

The myth of arousal procrastination

Carpe Diem cartoon of parachute jump

Counterfactual thinking and Procrastination
Carpe Diem Cartoon - Counterfactual thinking

Utility isn't enough to explain procrastination
Temporal Discounting cartoon

Self-forgiveness and procrastination
Carpe Diem Cartoon - Forgiveness

The pain of procrastination - get that monkey off my back!
Carpe Diem Cartoon February 2008

Oh, those new year's resolutions . . .
Carpe Diem January 2008

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Shopping Procrastination

Keeping tasks manageable

Carpe Diem cartoon

Mindfulness meditation, attention and self-regulation

Carpe Diem Cartoon - Mindfulness Meditation and Procrastination

Task Uncertainty

End-of-term Self-Doubt?


Post Reading Week Panic!

The irony of procrastination

Better late than never?

All procrastination is delay, but not all delay is procrastination

The cost of putting it off until tomorrow


The daytimer didn't help

April - Tax time looms!

How a few minutes becomes a few hours

Februrary 2006 - our first cartoon (procrastination is more than a time management problem!)