Thinking like a millennial


I’m jealous of the millennial generation.

I’m not jealous of their thirst for technology, freedom, or age. Oh it would be fun to be 21, 25 or 30 for a day, to take another spin or two around the clock, but I’m comfortable in my own skin, approaching middle age.

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With more than 92 million of them, millennials rank as the largest in U.S. history and have come of age during a time of extreme global, technological, and economic change. Thanks to that change, they have a unique set of experiences and expectations different than any other generation.

No, I’m jealous of their focus on work-life balance and specifically their ability to separate work from home. Since I was a young man, I’ve associated a large amount of my own self-esteem and identity from my work. Oh, I know that’s a self-destructive way to thinking, but it still doesn’t stop me.

One day I make a major contribution help my team reach a project milestone and I’m flying high as a kite. The next day we all run into issues and I trudge home playing and replaying conversations and challenges in my head.

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Keeping all the balls in the air 

I’m stereotyping to a large extent, but I’ve come across a number of millennials over the past several years with this balance. The research backs it up. They place a greater emphasis on work-life balance and social consciousness and seem to do a better job keeping work and home separate

A LinkedIn report this weeks stated that millennials in 2016 were 50% more likely to re-locate and 16% more likely to look for opportunities in new industries than non-millennials. The data shows that “millennials value different things in a career opportunity than non-millennials. Millennials are significantly more likely to cite a strong career path and strong employee development opportunities as qualities they care about in a job, and the most frequently cited reason by millennials for leaving a job is a lack of opportunities for career advancement.”

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Improvement without the middle-life crisis

Those things matter to me and other generations too, but I definitely fail to compartmentalize work and home like they do. I have to manually force myself. I mentally tick off my to-do list in my car on my way home from work, so that I can relax and feel prepared to tackle the next day. I have to remind myself that there are things that I can control and things that I can’t.

In the end, I’m tempted to quit my job, buy a new convertible, and go full-mid-life crisis, but I suspect it won’t get me any closer to the right balance. In the end, I think it comes back to working hard, doing the best I can and then giving myself a break.

I could be wrong, but I’ve always thought that was pretty much the solution to everything.

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