Where wild minds come to rest
I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I read your first sentence. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t daydream but funny enough, I’ve never thought about what non-daydreamers do.
I suppose they do the same things we do without the distraction of daydreaming. They can read books and listen to music without being triggered. They can go for drives and watch movies without being triggered. They can cook, do laundry, roam the internet, and play video games, all without any issue. So my guess is they do the same things we would do. It’s just a lot easier for them.
It seems you have things to do, but sounds like your real issue is finding the motivation to do them and break the constant daydreaming habit.
When I was younger and in school I used to imagine my character at work in her office and that allowed me the time to sit and study (or do something else).
Now I try to set a couple hours aside in the evenings to do my daydreaming, and force myself to keep busy doing other things during the day. I even journal about my daydreaming… but hey, it’s not daydreaming. It doesn’t always work, but for the most part, it does. I started out by getting out to a coffee shop with my journal in the mornings after dropping my kids at school. I wouldn’t stay long…it was just a way to break an old habit and start a new one. Now, months later, it’s easier to distract myself and immerse myself in things other than my fantasy world during the day. You just have to find what works for you. Get outside for a bit, visit the library or sit in a book store, or try something new that interests you? One of the easiest ways to stop daydreaming for me is to put myself in a place with others. Hopefully you can find a way to make it work for you so you can get those necessary things done.
Until this year I thought everybody's daydreaming like I do, everybody does that: Just always wondered why like it so much to stare at empty walls and why I'm so "lazy" with my studies and instead liked to do household stuff :D