Most of the time at my workplace, I work on projects that are on tight dead lines, stressed customers and a decent pace. I feel comfortable in these environements.
However, some times work pace slows down and even stops (which is natural I guess). My problem with slow downs is that I feel very awkward about the situation. Let's for the sake of simplicity say that I cannot really start innovation/enhancement projects on my own to keep busy (which would have been nice if it was possible).
How can I adapt to such "slow pace" periods quickly (before starting to climb the walls and annoy people)?