Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I'm a Marketing Manager and wouldn't recommend it! I wish I had helpful career advice but 5 years out of university I'm still undecided myself. Current job was one I wandered into after college and just sort of stayed with for lack of any better ideas.
I'd really love to do charity work or social work or something but I'm really uncomfortable with people.
I think the daydreaming makes it difficult to know who you are or what you want and obviously makes it more difficult to go after something you want if you do figure it out.
Apologies. Not awfully cheery today!
I'm an accountant and weirdly it goes very well with MD. It's a mentally demanding job and requires my focus while working, yet doesn't use the creative side at all. Perhaps that's why I like it because the creative side of my brain is "dormant" while number crunching and I find it very easy to concentrate. It's not a job where you have to think "how can I make this better" - it's pretty much about finding our the right way to do something and then doing it, so there's little scope for drifting off into a day dream. The creative side is only used at work when I'm talking to people, writing letters or emailing and since I have learned to enjoy interacting with others I don't feel the need to daydream while doing that.
Having said that I do get "off" days when i find it difficult to concentrate - it's usually when I'm feeling a bit down or I haven't slept. I don't think I have the same attention difficulties as many on this forum. If I'm into something, I get totally absorbed, otherwise I do get bored quite frequently watching TV or reading. Also I tend to phase out a lot when people are talking at me.
Can you draw? you said you like art, so that's why i'm asking.
If you can draw, then you can be a storyboard artist or a comic book artist. Both fun jobs yet they require you to slighlty be in contact andcooperation with people and you will be kept on track because there will be a deadline.
I highly suggest teaching or training.
I am a trainer for a living and it is SO fantastic for my MD. Once I'm at work, the DD is done. Period. I can't afford to waste my mind or creativity to my "world". Training requires you to be focused, be creative, work with others, and develop people skills. It makes you feel "important" (which is something SO many with MD dream or obsess over). Perhaps the greatest part (maybe just for me) is that you feel like an actor.
Let me elaborate on the "actor" thing: No matter your mood or what has happened to you that day, you HAVE to be optimistic and positive when you train others. This requires you to "escape yourself". You "escape" your stresses, "escape" your problems, and just become what you need to be to train others. This sense of "escape" is satisfying, and almost exactly what I look for when DD. It's sometimes difficult, but getting into that training zone is exactly what I need to channel my creative energy to a good cause.
Let me also elaborate on why training/teaching requires creativity. I train adults, and to keep adults engaged you have to master the art of entertainment. You have to learn to be witty, funny, and personable. You have to learn how to take a bad situation (such as the system you are training break half way through) and turn it into a positive one ("So... let's go on a field trip to our XXX department and learn what they do!") You also have to use creativity to think of how best to present something, such as design a review game or write a mini manual. This creativity is sooo satisfying. Sometimes when I get off of work, my creative juices have run SO dry that I don't want to think of my "world". I would rather just turn on news radio and tune out everything.
Anyway, obviously I'm quite passionate about this, but I'm just saying that through my experience, training/teaching has been one of the greatest things that has ever happened to my MD.