But for those scrubbing-the-grout moments when you don't really need to be present, daydreaming can be one of the best things to do. The mind-meander may actually spur creativity, found a study at the University of Central Lancashire. Volunteers who had been tasked with reading names out of a phone book—and were bored stiff by it—later came up with more innovative uses for Styrofoam cups than those who had been spared the phonebook chore. Note: The more passive the monotonous task (for instance, reading or listening instead of writing), the stronger the creative "surge" afterward.
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