On downtime

As I observe you throughout the day, I see that you seem to get frustrated with downtime. Despite your lack of work, you have little direction or even an idea of what direction you want to be moving in right now. You have goals with no actionable items, a vague notion of being industrious, and you are failing to be specific and act on these big ideas.

Of course, you are going to have downtime. You must also become wary of busy time—a time when you give yourself a task that doesn’t serve a purpose, but only keeps you occupied for the time being. Why engage in such activity? I’ve spoken to you about defaults many times, and you might have to listen to that message again.*

*See On defaults” in the Systematic section of this book.