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Doodling

The old thinking: Scribbling circles on a notepad while your company's chief inspiration officer drones on about synergy means you have trouble focusing.

The new wisdom: Doodling can boost your mind's ability to notice and remember mundane information by nearly 30 percent, according to research from the University of Plymouth. The theory is that the act of drawing makes use of visuospacial processes in the brain that might otherwise be used for daydreaming, thereby preventing your mind from wandering.
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