Many of us are afflicted by a modern day problem that we call tick mode.
Consumed by multiple work and home commitments, we have become trapped in a world of checklists, where ticking something off our list has somehow become more important than living the experience.
An unwelcome side effect of living in tick mode is that experiences which should be healthy opportunities for personal growth are instead reduced to basic lists of ‘things to do’ and ‘things I’ve done’.
Whether it’s a meeting, a call, an email or some other action, when we are in tick mode, our primary goal becomes to tick it off as fast as posible, with little regard to the depth or complexity of the task.
But when the satisfaction we derive from ticking something off outweighs the understanding, development and feelings that we gain from the experience, something is wrong.
It’s like we’re living an experience without really living it.
To stop this unhealthy behaviour and to really value our experiences, we can:,
- Be self-aware and recognise when we are demonstrating tick mode behaviour;
- Learn to set aside the past and future, and live in the moment, with awareness of our emotions and feelings;
- Take a proactive approach to each situation by asking ourselves: How can I get something positive from this situation? What behaviour will help me do that? How can I enhance the value of this experience? What is this person telling me, beyond just their words?
So let’s stop for a moment, get out of tick mode, and start our journey again. This time, let’s really live it, seeing the world through the eyes of a backpacker, rather than a day-tripper in a hurry.