The millennial generation has been researched, evaluated, and scrutinized over and over again. This generation, the one that I belong to, is the first generation to be raised fully during a technological boom. We went from listening to music on our Sony Walkman, to the Discman, to the “I can’t believe I just spent $45 on iTunes, man.” Essentially, we were born “connected.” Because of this we have learned to experience and share life through our eyes and via our thumbs.
RemixYourHealth wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the millennial passion of staying connected, being technologically savvy, and that unexplainable hunger for collaboration. But even with instant access to health and wellness information, the instant gratification of showing other people what you are doing, how you are doing it, and having constant validation (did you like this post?) we have still fallen too busy, to overwhelmed, and too out of focus.
Our generation has been raised in a society where we were told in middle school that we needed to take AP classes in high school to get into a good college so we can go to a strong graduate program to land our first job that will open the door to our career. We were told, “that is what success looks like” but really success is messy.
Millennials are also multi-taskers, which means while I was writing this post I also checked my e-mail three times and posted a sweet picture to my Instagram account (follow me: @theschwartzcorey). Because we are so connected, career advancement driven, and so busy mastering the idea of success we have become really good in selling ourselves out and in doing so, our health too. What does this mean? What does this look like? Well it means the the word “no” has become our greatest equalizer to success — whether in health or life.
But I have a plan, because really, what millennial doesn’t already have a plan. Below I have identified several major dangers of the millennial generation and what we can do to take back our lives.
Because millennials are great multi-taskers we also assume we are great with time-management, and in some instances we do suffice. But more often than not we struggle mightily and don’t even know it. One of my biggest areas of growth personally and professionally over the last couple of years has come from being able to know my limits and being okay with saying no. Whether it’s projects, coworkers, friends, or even your phone — many millennials develop this feeling of “losing out on chances” for success in the raffle of life. You can’t be everything to everyone every minute of the day so stop trying. Instead, learn when and how to communicate, “I can’t” without burning bridges or letting people down.
Millennials are notorious for spreading themselves thin, and mainly because we simply can’t say no. But the real concern for millennials is not whom but what are we responding to? Are they formal requests, friends seeking support, or is it the OCD hypnotizing power of the “notification” through our many avenues of communication. Whomever or whatever it is, we need to re-focus our time and here are two great tips on how to do so.
- This may be asking for the world initially but start with practicing not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Discover and fall in love with the “Do Not Disturb” function on your smartphone. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer emails, surf the web, connect on social media and return phone calls. Life is what happens when you’re busy liking everyone else’s life.
- Because we as millennials are goal-oriented by design, try building time into your days for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you’re doing. Take, for instance, the concept of having “office hours.” Isn’t “office hours” another way of saying, “planned interruptions?” If we set goals and time frames in which we can “side track” we will actually end up being more productive and free up more time for us.
Millennials want to change the world for good and my god I think we will. But that’s not if we don’t die from exhaustion trying to do so first. To my previous point of millennials struggling with when and why it’s important to say, “I can’t” we often fill our days concerning ourselves with everyone else’s problems. But when do we take time for ourselves? Do we ever take time for ourselves? Do Millennials know how to take time for ourselves?
One of the most common characteristics of Millennials is the need for work-life balance and flexibility. We all speak of it, we all demand it, but do we model it? When was the last time you to0k a day off? Did you fill that day off with a never-ending to-do list? Did you take a day off because you haven’t made a dent in your to-do list? Does this sound familiar? If so, then we need to re-focus you on the importance of taking “you” time and this is how it can be done:
- You deserve some time to yourself every day… and not to be on your phone. Stop feeling guilty for taking time out for you, and realize in the long run, it’s a win-win for everyone. When you are tired, stressed out and pulled in too many directions, it is hard to give your best to all you must accomplish. This is our re-charge mechanism.
- What are you wasting your time on? How often have you check your e-mail today? Did you run to the supermarket every other day pick up food for meals or do you plan and purchase a week at a time? If this is hitting to close to home then here is a great opportunity to reclaim you. Planning ahead may cost more time up front but it will save so much more of your time over the long haul.
- Commit to 15-20 minutes of “me” time immediately after lunch. Let’s be honest here, you probably worked through lunch or ate at your desk. Guilty as charged, right? If this is true than this tip is even more important to make yourself the priority. Try scheduling a 15-20 minute block immediately after your lunch just for you. Go for a walk to release some endorphins, meditate in a quite space, and reflect on your morning. Whatever it is, make the focus on you. You will be shocked how much clarity this brings to your day and re-energizes you for the remainder of your day. Woosah.
Empower Others to Follow in Your Foot Steps
If its one thing Millennials thrive doing it’s collaboration and team-oriented work. Millennials in many aspects are the definition of synergy as we have mastered leveraging our passion with our need for instant gratification and recognition. What better way to do so then to work with others towards a common goal in hopes of getting others to work together for the greater good of our world? It’s no coincidence RemixYourHealth is designed the way it is and geared towards the millennial population. RemixYourHealth was created to allow college students and young professionals around the world a vehicle in which they can collaborate, educate, invigorate, and empower others to take ownership in their own health and well-being. In doing this, we are making ourselves the priority.
Every generation presents its own challenges, and stated above are some of the major ones for millennials. I hope you see this post as a conduit for ways to improve your well-being so you can in turn help to improve others.
Create a healthy day!
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