Say, you have a very vibrant mind and you like spending endless hours daydreaming. What happens after you are done? Do you still have to use your head to think, if that's what you need to do?


I have been experiencing this for a while now, becoming as less 'intelligent' as I come off because I have deliberately lowered my thinking activities by doing mindless and lazy activities, such as browsing pictures, lurking on forums without posting anything, or others that you think are meaningless. I tend to avoid the ones that require me to think because I feel as if my brain has already been used up for daydreaming. Have you ever had this experience too?


For me, that's not a good mentality because I've got into a point where I'm too lazy to even think at all. It's a very hard habit to break, both this and MD.

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Comment by J Noland on October 18, 2011 at 7:51pm

I am trying the one chapter at a time idea. It may only last a few nights but I'll give it a go. I re-started a book that I had gotten halfway through last year (oh maybe it's been even longer than that!). I'd read and loved all of the other books in ther series and I was practically salivating when I got this last book. But I just couldn't keep focused on it. I usually only have to tv on for background noise lately. Well for a lot longer than just lately. I'll read a bit, look at the tv, check the news online, nothing ever lasts very long. Sometimes I'll think of dd ideas or I'll see something online I want to incoporate so I'll run through a few different dds to see where I want to put it. I love Antiques Roadshow, lol I hate it when I'm distracted and I miss seeing what something was worth.

Was it "the night has a thousand eyes but the day only one?" That was a lovely poem. I'd forgotten about it until you mentioned it. I'm going to look it up and save it. And I'm the same way in that I'll read magazine articles rather than books these days. But I even find myself scanning through the articles sometimes. Hoping it's just a phase and I'll get my attention span back soon.

Comment by Patty on October 16, 2011 at 6:42pm
J Noland I have the same problem you do.  Totally.  I used to read, I used to write!  I used to watch movies, but now I cannot finish a book unless it REALLY grabs my attention.  In the last 6 months when I get a book from the library, I usually wind up reading the ending after a chapter or two.  I would have NEVER EVER done that before.  Im so much worse than I used to be with my MDing.   Its very frustrating because Ive written 2 books in a trilogy and can't seem to force myself to finish the outline on the 3rd one much less write it.  I dont hardly watch tv anymore either because it takes away from daydreaming.  I guess thats a good thing, I am not working right now and cancelling cable tv is no big deal but prior to this year I would have been going through cable withdrawal, now I could care less.    Except that I love watching Antiques Roadshow and I wont even watch that because I want to dream.
Comment by roxanne on October 16, 2011 at 5:27pm
I agree about the mental training.  I also used to read a couple of books a week and now hardly read a couple books a year.  I have been trying to read one of Outlander series, but keep getting distracted.  I have pulled out some poetry books - thanks to my husband's playing bard for dinner - and find that a poem is easier as it is shorter, and at least it is using my brain.  I read a lot of magazine articles, for the same reason - they are shorter.  But, as you say, at least that is a start.  "The night has a thousand eyes..."
Comment by J Noland on October 16, 2011 at 1:37pm
I've been having trouble reading books. I've been a dder for practically my whole life but was always able to read books and stay interested. But the past couple of years I can't finish a book to save my life. I'll be reading then realise after a few pages that I haven't been retaining any information at all. In fact I don't even watch very many movies anymore either. Maybe I'll try and set aside some time that is designated for reading, even one chapter a week would be a start. Or choose one movie a week to sit through the whole thing, it even sounds fun. Maybe a little mental training is what's needed?
Comment by Marcelo on October 16, 2011 at 7:39am

I have the same issue, after daydreaming a lot, i have difficult to get concentrated.

My brain stay more lazy, this is bringing me difficults on my job.

Sometimes i think that i should work on something that i could do automatically without think, so i could DD and work on the same time.

Comment by roxanne on October 15, 2011 at 6:01am
I know what you mean.  The things I do to fuel my DD's are often not very intellectually stimulating.  But why not change that?  I have at times taken classes, read great poetry, studied new therapeutic systems (Power of Now), using my DD friends as cohorts.  You have reminded me that there is no reason I can't do this again.

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