Slow down, do less

Sophisticated life in the slow lane

The Hall at Crumpetworthy Park

The International Institute of Not Doing Much

Dear Visitor:

Our ancient institution was founded as a place of learning and development of the philosophy of slow (slowosophy). What to give up is the hardest part of any decision. And slowing down means doing fewer things yet enjoying those activities more.

Infectious gettingthingsdoneitis is reaching epidemic proportions. Demand for advice on how to slow down is high. Happily, you’ve come to the right place. You too can take the slow path and eventually attain not much. If you’re new to the Institute, you can join us and become one of our more than 6,000 slow members. But you’ll have to commit yourself to the exacting task of not doing much. Please see our slow manifesto.

Recent IINDM studies have identified symptoms of Pathological Rushing Syndrome (PRS) as irritation, bloating, and general grumpiness. What causes PRS? Impulsive attempts to cram too much activity into a short space of time, in other words, multitasking. Some sufferers have seen fit to write us letters of complaint.

Difficult topics such as minimal effort may seem daunting to the beginner, but with time and application new members of the Institute will get the hang of it.

Our educational programs start with practical idling for busy people. Advanced research at the Institute continues to address glaring errors of history and to reinsert the previously expunged slow bits.

For centuries the IINDM has been a place of refuge for the previously time-poor. The Hall is open to visitors on the third Wednesday of the month. We’ll be happy to show you the hammockarium and the couch room at 2 p.m. Tea will be served in the downstairs blue library at 4 p.m. However, the bathtubs are currently for members only due to a plumbing problem. If you would like to visit in person, please send a letter to me at the following address, or show up at the gatekeeper’s lodge early.

Yours in slowness,

Amanda Gladly
International Institute of Not Doing Much
The Hall
Crumpetworthy Park
Little Upford, Rompshire

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