Many recurring obligations in modern society require significant amounts of waiting.
- Waiting in line at the DMV
- Waiting to be interviewed during the jury selection process, for jury duty
- Getting your car’s oil changed
This time is generally not put to productive use (perhaps due to its unpredictable duration). Millions of hours or productive time are wasted every year at these locations.
Proposal: multitask by adding a second activity
The only real requirement is that the second activity needs to be interruptible with a small amount of lead time. So “learn to fold an origami crane” would work, but “practice scuba diving” or “assist a doctor in performing open-heart surgery” would not.
- Jury selection PLUS speed dating
- DMV driver’s license renewal PLUS a dentist appointment
- Waiting at the airport at your plane’s gate PLUS Red Cross first aid training
There are many more possible locations where a “captive audience” can be found, such as:
- Waiting for car maintenance to be completed
- Waiting for a bus / train
- Stranded on a desert island
- Stranded on a regular island
- Waiting in line at a store
By adding a second (productive) activity to the primarily waiting-related first activity, we can greatly improve citizens’ productivity.
PROS: Reduces wasted time during certain obligatory activities.