Boredom often leads to daydreaming, which is involved in skills like creativity and projecting into the future . But we tend to suppress it. Letting one’s mind wander really is the key to creativity and productivity, so it’s destructive to fill all the cracks in our day with activity . Some boredom may be what you need to solve problems, gain perspective and better your life.
What Boredom Does to You - Issue 53: Monsters - Nautilus
Where boredom is passive, daydreaming can be an active experience. Allowing ourselves to notice, and to be open to our surroundings, is a way of awakening our curiosity for the world outside ourselves. Also, boredom is an aversive emotion linked to disgust, whereas lots of people like to daydream.
Our greatest fear is not that we are not special enough; our greatest fear is that we are too special. It is our brilliance, not our deficiencies that often frighten us most. Don’t sell yourself short. There is nothing helpful about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
While not directly associated with creativity, boredom can indirectly lead to a more creative state. An unpleasant state, boredom functions by motivating us to escape its clutches by seeking reengagement. And that may as well come in the form of daydreaming or some other creative endeavor.