Inertia – what it actually means(taken from wikipedia) …
Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion
I find inertia everywhere in the human behaviour starting from waking up in the morning to laying down in the night. We resist to wake up trying to stay in the state of sleep and after you wake up, resistance starts again to stay in the awaken state. Laziness is another best example for it, you tend not to change your state, but once you start moving, you shift to a different state and continue doing it.
Inertia is a beautiful thing, if you understand , The point is that you just have to shift from one state to another to make things happen, and the amount of time you stay in a particular state defines the outcome of the results.
A typical employee starts his work from Monday morning, but his work really starts from may be in the afternoon, because of the employee being in a different state for the past 2 days, it’s difficult to get a move on. The faster he/she understands that it’s just a start that’s needed, he/she can get back to work faster, indicating that a preparation is needed to start the work immediately, because once you start, you are move in to a different state and Inertia takes care of the rest for you. Observe the same person after friday afternoon, he has already started making plans for the weekend, which indicates that he has moved to a different state faster, than closing work time. Here i believe interest have won over inertia, because, according to inertia , he should have been working with same efficiency till friday evening, but interest/passion made the person to move to a different state sooner and the work cycle continues.
Inertia can also be observed in stage performances, for eg. lets take singing, there are first few moments of nervousness, where singing first few lines can be hard, but once you do that, it’s as if you have been singing all along. It’s the transition that’s hard, and the sooner we get on and be ready, the easier it will be. The same point applies to a sportsman, getting a first feel, like winning a point in badminton or kicking the football first time in the match are always nervous/hard and requires extra attention and mental stability.
Coming back to laziness, there is another attribute to inertia, it’s the time you stay in the state. There is nothing wrong in taking rest, but if the rest continues to be for longer intervals, that’s when people tag you as lazy. It’s also important to understand how long to stay in the single state, you don’t want to work for longer hours or take rest for longer hours. The time is also defined by the priority lists in your life and if there any deadlines to accomplish tasks. Lets take a running race, if it’s a 100 m race, there is only 1 state , it’s to accelerate and keep on doing it until the goal is reached. In a marathon, there are different states, a perfect planning is required to move from one speed of running to another. Generally runners run slow at first, and depending on the distance from the goal, the runner increases the speed, it’s undeniably important to understand how long to stay in a particular speed. In the running race the time depends on the physical fitness of the runner and the distance of the race.
If you like something, you tend to do the same until you get bored, you can’t keep listening to the same song all day, or keep doing the same job for the life time, it is different from person to person and it’s up to the person to decide how long he/she wants to stay in a particular state. But, it’s important to understand that we shouldn’t stay in the same state for too long, trying new things is always exciting and gives a fresh start if required.
So, be ready to change your state and know exactly how long to stay in a particular state. Life becomes easier if you realise this simple thing. I end this with a simple well known proverb that sums up inertia in a single sentence.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy