Honestly, if you're only hitting 1,1,1,1,1,1,2... you're doing it wrong. Considering every class I've played can get 1000tp in about 2.5 hits, you should be able to conceivably do at least 1,1,(1), 2, 1, 1, 4(what ever your other ws is, unless you're purely lvling pug, then you don't get other ws till like 18). Mix in various other sub(or main) abilities like healing, buffs, debuffs, or those one off abilities, and you should never have trouble getting into a rut of spamming your generic attack. ****, even pugs have to mix in light strike often enough to keep up the buff.
As for not enough to do, I guess that all depends on your mmo roots. I played eq1 from kunark until GoD, so I am fine not needing npcs to tell me I need to be leveling up. It's probably the same reason I didn't have any problem playing Aion. There are just people out there who like killing monsters, watching their xp bar fill, and seeing nifty things filter into their inventory. n the other hand, if say, WoW or a game that has come out since then was your first MMO, I can understand that you might have trouble occupying your self with out a constant chain of npcs telling you to go collect rat fur and bring their friends cookies on the way. If you take off your rose colored glasses, you will realize ffxi was the same old guard formula as the games we grew up on. Sure, there were awesome missions, and the od quest sprinkled around npcs in town, but at the end of the day like 90% of our gaming experience in that game was farming xp in party situation for hours at a time, and this is the clincher, for no other express purpose than leveling up(I guess you cold fold solo farming for gil into that 90%).
And before you tear me down as a nostalgic old man, I'm not. I'm in my early 20's, and I've cleared the majority of major instances in the history of wow. I played EQ2, AoC, WAR, and Aion between bouncing back and forth between wow and ffxi. There are plenty of things to tear this game down about, but lack of "content" is not one of them. Considering you can level every single combination of the classes, and to do so you're going to have to at least dabble in crafting(which I enjoy, but I will attest to it's time consuming nature). You have oodles of things to do. **** you could play 4-5 hours a day and probably not hit surplus, although if you spent alllll that time on one job maybe you would hit it. I my self have tried to put in that much time a day, and between making sure I get all of my leves done, and waffling between which jobs I actually want to take to endgame, I haven't got close to surplus I would imagine. As some others in this thread have pointed out, you honestly almost have too much on your plate, at least in the beginning of the game. I'm finding less and less time to straight grind the more religious I am about finishing of the most, best leves available to me(probably because every one in my shell is now trying to regen our anima ; ;).
Sorry this got long winded, and doesn't really have a succinct argument, but they are my genuine thoughts on the game. I really want to like this game, and I do. If you need a quest based driven game to help you progress, THIS IS NOT YOUR GAME. Please try to consider people of differing world views.
Oh, and I guess I'll share my MW searching technique for all the people who seemingly cant find anything in there. Go to the first ward, run to the back door on either side, get as many retainers in your view as possible and just cycle through them from left to right. Once you've checked every one you can see, move forward to the back of that line and repeat until you've traversed the whole ward. Maybe Cornelia is just ahead of the curve in crafting, but you can find plenty of level 10 and level 20 armor, and almost all the kinds of weapons barring the ridiculously hard to make ones like Bows and Axes. I even managed to pick up a lv12 saw that supposedly has lv22 bs components in it last night. Who cares if the prices might seem high, if you get in a grove doing leves, you'll have more gil than you can possibly spend. It's honestly discouraging trying to craft because right now it seems there is no point. I'm not going to be able to keep up with the best crafters, so I should just buy gear and level, but then I guess I would feel like I'm opting out of one of the most important parts of the game.
tl,dr: Some people like to grind. Oh and read the bottom if you fail at market wards.