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Old 08-21-19, 06:50 AM
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How the most boring job imaginable helped me get back on my feet.

I had many jobs, and I got fired from most of those, while in some cases I quit to avoid getting fired. Then I found this factory job that pays well, but is physically demanding, boring and I have to work night shifts. It turns out this job is actually ADHD friendly, kind of. How can a boring factory job be ADHD friendly? Because it is so simple and boring, that you can get it done while daydreaming the entire day. I can be lost in thoughts the entire shift, and I still won't mess anything up. This is great for my stress levels, and because for the first time I had some spare money, I was able to get diagnosed and purchase my first meds. Also, because I am physically active my ADHD symptoms are more manageable than before anyway.

This is far from the solution I seek of course. I still feel that my potential is wasted, and my impulsive buying will put me into debt anyway, it's only a matter of time. I am trying to figure out how to do something more meaningful that pays more, but that will be hard. I do have some opportunities to progress inside this factory, but I'm afraid that any promotion will set me up for failure in the long run.
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Re: How the most boring job imaginable helped me get back on my feet.

That's interestingly ironic. Maybe it could help others too.

And it's stable which is fantastic. Good for you!
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Re: How the most boring job imaginable helped me get back on my feet.

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That's interestingly ironic. Maybe it could help others too.

And it's stable which is fantastic. Good for you!
It's not ideal, but it is surely better than what I had a year ago. I took some action, and things are changing at least. I do hope it helps someone.

Actually, I had more to add, but I posted it only to edit later, which I can't do now without admin's approval. I guess I'll just paste that part below in this post.

What is written below was supposed to be in the OP.

All my previous jobs were 80% boring work, and then 20% something that required focus, which is why I would fail. After your mind gets used to working something that allows you to daydream at the same time, it is near impossible to focus on the part of the job that requires focus, even if that something is a small part of the work. So, this job that consists of 100% boring tasks is actually better, because I won't get fired. The question is, what would happen if I found a job that requires 100% focus? Or at least close to that. Would I do better or worse? Maybe the work would be stimulating enough so that I would not lose focus and would not get lost in thoughts that often. Even if that is true, what kind of job would that even be? If there is a such job, what are my odds at getting it, since I didn't even graduate from high school.

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Re: How the most boring job imaginable helped me get back on my feet.

Yay for getting a diagnosis and starting meds. As you begin to manage your
symptoms better with treatment and understanding, it's possible you may be
able to try something more fulfilling to you.
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Yay for getting a diagnosis and starting meds. As you begin to manage your
symptoms better with treatment and understanding, it's possible you may be
able to try something more fulfilling to you.
I hope so, this worked well for a year, but I am getting into debt and I need more money. Not to mention that I am becoming increasingly annoyed by the fact that I can't do more than this.
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Re: How the most boring job imaginable helped me get back on my feet.

With the right meds, you will be able to realize your potential, although you will have to do a lot on your part. The meds are like putting on glasses, they help you see, but then you have to read if you want to move forward (it's an example). You say you work shifts (me too), that can leave you time to try to get some studies. I think you would do well psychological therapy to direct your life towards certain goals.
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I remember being quite happy working summer temp jobs involving gluing stuff together and assembling folders, back in the late 80's.
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Re: How the most boring job imaginable helped me get back on my feet.

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With the right meds, you will be able to realize your potential, although you will have to do a lot on your part. The meds are like putting on glasses, they help you see, but then you have to read if you want to move forward (it's an example). You say you work shifts (me too), that can leave you time to try to get some studies. I think you would do well psychological therapy to direct your life towards certain goals.
The biggest issue with this is that the only medicine available where I live is Concerta. If that fails I will have to find a way to get by without meds, or I will combine it with whatever, even if I wreck my health in the long run. I also don't have much time nowadays since I have two kids as well.


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I remember being quite happy working summer temp jobs involving gluing stuff together and assembling folders, back in the late 80's.
I could be happy for a while with any job that I am capable of doing, but with time I would have to change something or else I would be miserable.
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Re: How the most boring job imaginable helped me get back on my feet.

Not sure what is considered a necro around here... but this thread is totally made for me!

I've had many jobs in the past, but I have found that my favourite ones are the most boring and repetitive. My first job was collecting trolleys (shopping carts for Americans ) in a supermarket carpark. No supervisor, outdoor work, good exercise, and plenty of time to daydream and problem solve in my mind.
I loved that job, but my favourite was on a packing line in a brewery. It was a small brewery, and so I was the only person at my particular post. Like the example in an earlier post, it was about 80% boring and repetitive, but the other 20% - when something went wrong, or we had to change over to another product - was great for hyperfocusing. It also really helped that I am into beer and brewing and so was working with something that interested me. I should not have given up that job, but that's another story.
Now I work in a factory packaging frozen vegetables. I don't get excited about the product, and the shifts are scattershot, given to me last minute and at all times of the day or night. But at least it gives me time to daydream and problem solve again!
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