There are days when you just can’t be arsed. I say this with no judgement, because we all have them. in fact, those who know me might argue that I have more than most. but that’s neither here nor there. On those days when we just CBA it’s hard to make the most of our time. We don’t want to carry exercise clothes all the way to work, or lug a bunch of materials and equipment all the way across town, or battle our way through rush hour with extra luggage. In honour of that fact we’ve listed just a small sample of activities you could try with no preparation, planning, or packing whatsoever – just decide on the day, turn up in your work clothes, and have at it.
This one’s a little risky, but what’s life without a little risk? (I feel like there’s a shark diver somewhere, shaking his head at the idea of doing pottery in one’s work clothes has just been described as ‘risky’, but this is a nice skirt, dammit!) You’re given an apron to cover most of the splash zone and, as long as you don’t go overboard on the Patrick Swayze-ing, you should remain relatively splatter-free.
The Frontline Club host a whole range of talks and events where you could find yourself learning about anything from the life of a renowned photojournalist to Russian drama. If you’re a note-taking-inclined person you might want a pad and pen (and you probably carry one anyway) but otherwise there’s nothing to bring, except open ears and maybe an interested nod once in a while.
Provided you are slightly more careful than certain members of Team Wonderush (i.e. Me, who managed to smear charcoal all the way up one arm and onto my face) life drawing is great. It’s fairly easy on the clothes and doesn’t require you to bring anything special, as materials are usually supplied. You simply turn up, do as you’re old, and try to focus on the model without getting flustered. Piece of cake.
The piano singalong at Phoenix Arts Club is the perfect place to sing your heart out; and if that episode of friends where they went to the piano bar taught us anything, it’s that you can do it without worrying what kind of clothing (barring any transparency issues) you should wear, or bringing any stuff. Just a willingness to get involved and a strong set of vocal chords.
You can do it online, you can do it at the weekend while wearing sweatpants, and you can do it in your lunch break, so you already know shopping doesn’t require anything particularly special. Well, except for money, or a willingness to abuse one’s overdraft. But once you have that, you’re away, and probably looking super-stylish.
Anyone who has ever tried to sneak-watch Netflix at their desk (definitely not me. Ok, fine. Me.) will be able to confirm that there is no effort required for film-based events, like Shorts on Tap and the Conclave film festival. You can drop in straight afterwork, take a seat, and watch things. It’s like being at home in front of the TV except that you might occasionally talk to other people. And while clothing isn’t generally a huge issue, they may complain if you remove your jeans.
This is not the thing where you go home and test how many glasses of wine you can sink between dinner and bed time. This is actually educational. With wine tasting or cocktail making you’ll pick up skills that’ll make you the most popular person at your next dinner party. Unless you become that person who tries to teach everyone who didn’t ask the correct way to hold a wine glass. Please don’t become that person.
Much like with watching films, there’s nothing special required to attend an after work storytelling event, except an open mind and a willingness to listen. Every night is different, and you might learn something new or end up looking at something from your own life in a new way.
The other bonus to heading out after work and trying any of these (or any other) things to do is that you totally avoid having to travel home during the rush hour, which is just a little extra win from us. We hope there’s something here to catch your fancy, but if not, don’t forget to follow the link below for a whole load more activities to try.