The GOOD (and ReadyMade) Guide to Slowing Down

The GOOD (and ReadyMade) Guide to Slowing Down originally appeared in GOOD Issue 18: The Slow Issue. Use the table of contents below to...

The GOOD (and ReadyMade) Guide to Slowing Down originally appeared in GOOD Issue 18: The Slow Issue. Use the table of contents below to navigate through the guide. You can read more from The Slow Issue here.

We are taught that we'll be judged by what we achieve, but what does it mean to actually achieve?

The word comes from the Old French achever, "to finish," and before that, from a Latin phrase meaning "to come to a head." Surely, though, as the cliché goes, life's pleasure lies in the journey, not in the destination. And who looks forward to being finished, in the word's most final sense? Because our days, hours, and minutes are numbered, we've put together a guide to help you slow your roll.Consider something drastic: Go on that vacation to Europe or, even better, move there. If the Europeans understand one thing, it's how to take a vacation. If that's not for you, take a sabbatical to hike the Pacific Crest Trail or study tango in Buenos Aires. If you can swing it, set up a four-day workweek. Yes, working fewer days could mean earning less, but you'll find it's still a terrific deal if you honestly calculate the value of the time you'd spend enjoying your own projects-or just doing nothing. After all, to achieve nothing is an achievement in itself.Besides life-changing decisions, there are countless little changes you can make to slow down your life. To help us help you, we got the folks at ReadyMade to pitch in, because they know better than any of us that making stuff is all about slowing down. Whether cooking, completing a home makeover, or building a backyard swimming pool, creating anything takes time. So what better way to slow down during the winter months than by taking on a project or two?Slow Your Roll:1. Eliminate Something2. Step Away from the Smartphone3. Build an Indoor Stoop4. Multitasking Too Much of Ourselves5. Take Time to Still Your Mind6. Interview: The Handmade Toaster7. Build a Backyard Dumpster Pool8. Make Out-of-the-Ordinary Pancakes9. Watched Pots: Meals for the Back Burner10. How to Cultivate Conscious Laziness11. Interview: The Handmade Radio12. Spruce Up Your Home (At Least Once a Year)13. Interview: The Handmade Tree Chair14. Slowpokes Hall of Fame15. Watch Your Garden Grow16. Make Yourself a Place to Escape17. Read a BookOur Good Guide to Slowing Down was a unique collaboration with our friends at ReadyMade magazine. Check out their good work at, and follow them on Twitter at @ReadyMadeTweets.
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Translated from Swedish, "berg" means "mountain," so it may feel fated that a young woman with Viking blood in her veins and summit in her name would be at the helm. But let's go out on a limb and presume Thunberg, in keeping with most activists, would chafe at the notion of pre-ordained "destiny," and rightly so. Destiny is passive — it happens to you. It's also egomaniacal. Change, on the other hand, is active; you have to fight. And it is humble. "We need to get angry and understand what is at stake," Thunberg declared. "And then we need to transform that anger into action."

This new generation of activists' most pernicious enemy is denial. The people in charge — complacent politicians and corporation heads who grossly benefit from maintaining the status quo — are buffered from real-life consequences of climate change. But millions of people don't share that privilege. For them, climate change isn't an abstract concept, but a daily state of emergency, whether it comes in the form of "prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa…devastating tropical storms sweeping across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific…[or] heatwaves and wildfires," as Amnesty International reportsare all too real problems people are facing on a regular basis.

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The Climate Strikes were organized by children around the world as an extension of the of the "Fridays for Future" campaign. Students have been walking out of classrooms on Fridays to speak out about political inaction surrounding the climate crisis.

"We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart," organizers say.

There's no doubt the visual images from the marches send a powerful message to those on the ground but especially those watching from around the world. GOOD's own Gabriel Reilich was on the scene for the largest of the Climate Strikes. Here are 18 of the best signs from the Climate Strike march in New York City.

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Major US phone carriers have yet to build out the infrastructure necessary to provide a consistent 5G experience, so Apple didn't feel it necessary to integrate the technology into its latest iPhone.

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"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

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