Behavioral Trends: Carpe Diem


Carpe Diem


If not now, when? We want to seize the day. We like to enhance every activity we do. We don’t like to waste our time. We want to experience and savor life and get the most out of it.




During the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty has taken hold of the world. The future after quarantine is lifted is truly unpredictable, and while the world is locked down and people are staying inside their homes, a whole lot more of free time is at our fingertips. What better time than now to pick up the skills you’ve been meaning to learn for a while? Platzi is an online platform for professional learning, offering students a wide variety of business-related courses, including marketing, design, programming, audiovisual production, and engineering. With Platzi, it’s possible to use up your extra hours while acquiring useful tools for an uncertain future, and look on the bright side of the complicated situation the world is going through.

Carpe Diem - Platzi


Waking up bright and early, while an essential part of many people’s lives, is often the hardest one they have to get through. Built-in phone alarms are easily snoozed, and people can even turn them off by reflex while still sleeping. How can we seize our days if we’re sleeping through them? Alarmy, the brainchild of South Korea-based Delight Room Co., is billed by its creators as “the devil’s alarm”. It starts off with a soft, moderate volume before quickly increasing volume until it blares noise at you; and the only way to turn it off is to get up and perform one of the many tasks it provides. From taking a picture of the bathroom sink to solving simple algebra, Alarmy tries to activate either the brain, the body, or both, to ensure you don’t sleep in. Annoying, sure… but it gets you out of bed.

Carpe Diem - Alarmy


Living in a society powered by the Internet can help us cut down on a lot of time. Large amounts of information on nearly any topic is in our pockets; still a sci-fi concept a mere two decades ago. Because of this, we often find ourselves distracted by information that might not help us get our tasks done. SelfControl is a free, open-source Mac application that aims to force its users to focus on what matters. SelfControl allows users to blacklist certain websites, which are blocked for a period of time the user selects. It might be extreme, but it removes unwanted distractions effectively and allows us to focus on squeezing out every single second out of the 24 hours in a day.

Carpe Diem - SelfControl


Slack has made waves in the corporate sphere in recent years as a revolutionary tool for workplace communication and organization. The platform is centered around ‘channels’, which are specific chatroom-like interfaces which allow for quick sharing of important information between employees, while archiving all that information for later searching. The main draw for Slack is that it increases productivity by not having to ask people what they said or what the latest update is– you can simply search for it in the related channel, decreasing our time lost finding things out and increasing our time getting things done.

Carpe Diem - Slack


Let’s Know Things is a podcast by Colin Wright that explains the context around the news in an in-depth manner, but also in a brief amount of time. Episodes range from 30 minutes to 1 hour, which makes the podcast an excellent companion for multitasking or commuting. We don’t want to spend our precious time researching news, we want them delivered in an understandable, interesting manner that can leave us better informed than we were before – particularly when we don’t have even a minute to spare.

Carpe Diem - Let's Know Things


IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, is an app that allows for the execution of simple conditional statements or “applets”. A wide range of websites, apps, and even smart home appliances, are compatible with the service, allowing for combinations such as “if someone tags me on a Facebook picture, upload that picture to my Twitter”, or “if the pizza is on its way, turn on the front porch lights”. A brand-new level of integration between every single Internet-based service and product can be achieved through IFTTT – which leaves room in our schedule for the important things. What’s more 21st century than seizing the day through automation?

Carpe Diem - IFTTT


Getting work done around the house, especially if you live alone, can feel like a waste of time. Diem, as its name suggests, uses up that time for you so that you can dedicate it to more important or urgent tasks. They have dedicated workers specializing in different chores, be it lawn care, vacuuming, or painting the house. They charge fixed amounts of money and have a money-back guarantee, providing users with peace of mind. A self-explanatory name for a huge relief.

Carpe Diem - Diem


Learning a new language is an ambitious, intimidating challenge, and doing so by yourself seems nearly impossible. When you start, fluidity seems like a pipe dream. You stumble over words, you try to imitate the pronunciation you see on the Internet, you try to match the spoken words with the subtitles on movies. Not only is it difficult, but it’s also time-consuming. In our increasingly busy lives, opening time in our schedules to try to memorize words in French, Arabic or Japanese seems tedious. The (in)famous app Duolingo aims to be an accessible, time-efficient guide to learning a language. Known for its persistence, the app often reminds you daily and sets rewards for completing several daily lessons in a row. A trusty ally for habit-building and language-learning in the age of carpe diem.

Carpe Diem - Duolingo


Do not waste your time behind a wheel. Instead, call an Uber and enjoy the trip while doing your stuff, like reading, working or talking over the phone.

Carpe Diem - Uber


For many people nowadays, making the time to read a good book is very difficult. That is why Audible, from Amazon, has become a great option for that purpose. You may “read”, well, listen actually, to your favorite books while driving, walking, or exercising.

Carpe Diem - Audible


Want to seize the day, even during your vacations? Oasis Hotel in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, offers you spanish and surf lessons while on your holidays. In that way, you may get a bigger satisfaction: the pleasure of disconnection and resting, while learning something new (spanish) and trying something totally new (surf).

Carpe Diem - Oasis Hotel


The category of edutainment is on the rise. Instead of watching a movie, series or any fictional entertainment, you may entertain yourself while learning from the bests.

Carpe Diem - Ted Talks


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