The slow path to not much

Mistress of languid studiesBeware: Multitasking is epidemic. Are you attempting to eat breakfast and floss at the same time? Do you take phone calls during your meditation practice?  Are you trying to exercise and sleep simultaneously?

These are the telltale signs of a infectious medical condition known as gettingthingsdoneitis which is “clinically proven” to cause rudeness, bloating, and blunder.

If you’re trying to fit too much activity into a short space of time, you’re at risk of gettingthingsdoneitis. Left untreated it can lead to full-blown rushaholism. The antidote is to slow down and do less. But how?

About the IINDM

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IINDM HQ at Crumpetworthy Park

The International Institute of Not Doing Much (IINDM) makes its home in the County of Rompshire deep in the English countryside.  If you’re going to slow down, you’re likely to ponder the deep mysteries of life. Why am I here? What is the meaning of life? Why are athletic shoe laces so long? What’s for lunch? Consequently, the Institute maintains a thriving slowosophy department.

Crumpetworthy Hall (pictured above) is an advanced comfortabology research establishment. Clinical relaxologists are slowly perfecting the world’s most comfortable sofa. Please note, our “How to Get Comfortable” series is currently oversubscribed.

Slow historians are diligently reinserting the slow bits into history. Crumpetworthy Hall Library is home to the Slow Way, an ancient text of wisdom and silence from the Institute’s deep past.

Our outreach service to business has met with mixed success.  Responsibility for upkeep of slow standards falls upon the membership committee. Members are expected to set an example by avoiding gratuitous multitasking, and should practice minimal effort at all times.

The Slow Party (SP), our political arm,has recently revised its manifesto. Yet most members prefer relaxing in the hammock room to political activism. They find it the best place to think about this and that, slowly.

Visitors are welcome to tour the libraries and tub rooms on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30.  You may use the ritual hammock in the East Wing, except every third Wednesday when Mrs. Plessey comes in from the village to clean the regalia. Please be at the gatekeeper’s lodge early.

If gettingthingsdoneitis is getting you down, take heart. You can become one of us, and embark on the slow path, and eventually achieve not much.

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