Nothing bothers me more than having idle time. I am accustomed to being busy – with work or school or both. For the past 2.5 years, I have been in this non-stop “do something” mode.
Recently, I have changed jobs from a stressful small company role to a relatively slow paced large public company role. This is a dramatic change for me. I am still trying to get accustomed to having slow periods at work.
Combine that with the breaks between semesters at school, when there is no homework or anything, and this typically active person is experiencing some serious inertia. At home this Memorial Day weekend, my primary activity has been the television – not because I enjoy watching TV but because I am having trouble coming up with good ideas for what I can do to be productive.
So this seems like a pretty simple conclusion. Why do a lot of people watch a lot of TV? Because they don’t have a good way of coming up with something more positive, constructive, stimulating, and interesting to do. If you find a way to give them those triggers for action, I think maybe you will find a mass of people overcoming their own inertia.