Inevitably, the development of technology enabled society to experience higher productivity within a shorter amount of time. The benefit is that we finish more tasks much more easily, and a lot faster. The con is that we are constantly pressured to work more and to work faster.
Consequently, we experience a culture of convenience to maximize time and productivity. For instance, a lot of us have strayed away from the familial, homey coffee shops or the Italian espresso bars in favour of fast-paced, disposable take-out culture. We used to sit there to chat with friends and family, while actually enjoying the food. Now we line up by ourselves to get a cup of a quick morning fix at the local franchise.
We are so focused on conserving time that we have forgotten about how to slow down, consume less, and enjoy life.
Here are a few suggestions for you to enjoy, even with your loved ones:
-Take a stroll with your friends (or by yourself) to find that fave café – a place where you can sit, relax, study, and enjoy your drink. Hopefully it is one that doesn’t promote a disposable culture!
-For the Glendonites: Lunik Co-op Café at the Glendon Manor
-North York (Finch and Yonge) : Capriccio Café
-For the social, board-gamer ; Downtown (Koreatown) : Snakes and Lattes
-Cafe with high reviews on Yelp that I’ve never been to yet and should really check out!!! :
Rooster Coffee House (If you’ve been here, please let me know what it’s like there)
-Learn to make your own coffee or tea at home. You’ll get that sense of accomplishment after. J
-Woke up late? And you really don’t have time to do any of the above? Bring a travel mug to your favourite shop instead.
Museums or Galleries
-As Vivienne Westwood suggests, visiting museums or galleries are a good way to indulge in the present rather than indulging in consumption (shopping).
– (Fashion Manifesto: The Guide for the Style Savvy by Sofia Hedstrom)
-Have a dinner party at home with minimal waste
-Movie nights with friends with homemade pizza and pan popped popcorn!
-Go biking, hiking or jogging with a buddy. You’ll get your daily/ weekly dose of exercise too!
– Especially since you’re at university now, you’re always studying or hanging out with friends. Your family barely gets a chance to spend time with you. Designate a day of the week to spend time with your famjam!