Business Eye: Adrenaline junkies need to relax a little...

Alex Pratt
Alex Pratt

Still in Ibiza, and finally coming off the adrenalin-fuelled pace of an uber-connected life and starting to relax into these moments in the sun.

Do you sometimes feel you drive fast by habit, even when you are not running late?

Could it be that you too are addicted to adrenaline?

As our lives move ever faster, propelled by the ready and ubiquitous access to more: more news, more opportunity, more knowledge.

We try to experience as much as possible, as quickly as possible and in so doing switch into a state of overdrive where precious moments in time can be missed and relegated to the next task to get through before we start something else.

The tell-tale signs are that you have come to think it to be normal to find yourself doing more than one activity at the same time like driving, talking to someone on the phone and perhaps even eating at the same time.

It would be wasting valuable time to just drive.

Or you perhaps feel compelled to be doing something all of the time, are spent and exhausted at the end of the day, and feel guilty about taking breaks at work.

After just a few weeks of consciously being more purposeful and deliberate in how I spend my time I’m becoming more able to see through some of the madness, 
have taken learning from others.

So far on this trip, I’ve been reminded by a visiting friend how easy it is to develop new positive habits with a little applied focus, like getting up earlier each morning and moving by swimming or walking, which brings with it time enough to be grateful for what you have and to look forward to the day ahead.

I’m actually writing this after swimming 50 lengths.

One lesson I’ve learned is how ridiculous it is to create unnecessary rules that cause you and those around you grief on a regular basis, like taking umbrage if someone doesn’t look you in the eye, or getting annoyed because your driver chooses not to overtake on a blind bend when you would.

The lessons for business are to focus harder on the mission critical major 
issues, put more effort into driving the right habits, and avoid funnelling our energies into the side-tracks of pedantic rules that add little 
more than displaying your desire for dominance; and, whatever you are doing, give it your full attention in the moment.