That is a very important question. We know that school work imposes a heavy burden on students, so that they may enter periods when they just want to do nothing at all. There is a man running seminars in the USA whose name as I recall, is Gunger. He speaks of husbands who take the TV Remote Control and start searching though the channels. If you ask; "What are you watching?" The man will say; "Nothing!" So Gunger describes this as a man entering into his "Nothing Box"
or "Nothing State of Mind".
Boredom however, can be an invitation to look more deeply into life.
For example, one could ask whether or not they see other people superficially. One may well ask;
"What do other people actually think about?" One might ask; "What does mankind really know and how does mankind actually know it?"
Or you might think upon a movie that you have seen recently, and ask yourself this question about it; "Was the maker of the movie manipulating my mind and emotions and thoughts when they made the movie?" "How did they do that?"
Anyway, it is important to use the imagination and to explore something new. I think that is what you are asking about.
first, drinking a coffe, and then do funny mnemonics,something can serve..=)