Temple talks | How to Stop Procrastinating

Carpe diem – seize the day – is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But what does it really mean? And how can it help us rethink the way we work, and the kinds of choices we make in our professional and personal lives?

In this talk based on his new book Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day, popular philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the life-changing potential of carpe diem.

He examines how the spirit of carpe diem has been hijacked by consumerism and digital culture, and how we can reclaim the power of carpe diem to:

  • Overcome procrastination and fear of risk-taking
  • Rethink the roles we habitually play and stories we tell ourselves about who we are – and experiment with new ones
  • Get back in touch with our personal passions, vision and creativity
  • Nurture our spontaneity and capacity to focus on the present moment
  • Gain a larger perspective on what really matters in life

Drawing on everything from medieval carnival traditions to the neuropsychology of risk, Krznaric looks at how we might practice the art of seizing the day, and ultimately live a life without regret.

Praise for Roman’s work:

“Insightful, inspiring, and instructive. Anyone who feels like time is moving too fast and things are out of their control will be reinvigorated by this thoughtful guide.” – John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

”In Carpe Diem Regained, Roman Krznaric has written a hugely important book for anyone who seeks to have agency in their life. It is, in short, a profound, playful book for wannabe grown-ups who love life.” – Sir Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project

Doors will open 7pm, with the talk beginning at 8pm – giving you a chance to grab a drink and connect with like-minded people before the talk.
Venue: Zigfrid von Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU


Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than 20 languages.

He is the founder of world’s first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library. He is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life. His forthcoming book is Carpe Diem Regained, a biography of ‘seize the day’.

Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. An acclaimed public speaker, his talks and workshops have taken him from a London prison to Google’s headquarters in California.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2rrtPfc

2017-08-10T15:48:41+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Lecture Days|

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