I found this little TED talk on how to turn boredom, frustration etc into inspiration.
He's funny, too..
We are surrounded by people and devices who regularly serve as distractions. Rarely do we have time to be bored. How could boredom serve as a source of imagination? How can we create opportunities to be bored? Hans Wilhelm uses his own art work to illustrate the possibilities for using boredom as a source of inspiration! With over forty two million books in print, Hans Wilhelm is one of America's foremost author/illustrator of children's books. Many of his 200 books have been translated into twenty languages and have become successful animated television series that are enjoyed by children all over the world. His books have won numerous international awards and prizes.