I recently had jury duty. I arrived to the courthouse in the morning and was called for a trial in the early afternoon, which means I had about five hours of sitting time in the jury duty waiting room. Luckily, I brought a book and my laptop.
But I was surprised by the number of people in the jury duty waiting room who didn’t bring a book or something to occupy their time while we waited for a possible trial. Some of the people watched CNN. But others just sat there, staring into space.
Jury duty is mandatory and I understand that some people just want to chill out. That’s fine. But I wonder if there’s a way to give people options and make them feel like their time is valued. For instance, could you:
I’m sure there are other really good ideas that could help people while waiting. In fact, what if we shorten the timeframe?
What could people do while waiting in a line? I often just look at Twitter, but I think I would be highly motivated if I knew all of my little bits of line time helped out something in a larger way. But what?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Email them and I’ll round them up and put them in a future newsletter.
Have a good night.