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4 Productivity Habits Millennials Are Bringing into the Workplace

4 Productivity Habits Millennials Are Bringing into the Workplace

Every day it seems like another Facebook post hits my newsfeed promising that if I just do this one amazing thing, I’ll unlock my maximum productivity potential. It’s an enticing promise. The thought of being able to conquer anything and everything that matters to me will motivate me to do a lot of things.

But what fascinates me, as a millennial freelancer, is how my generation is changing the traditional office. Of course, a lot of us are skipping the traditional workplace experience and diving into the shared economy, or as a dedicated freelancer. But, for the sake of this article, let’s take a look at the changes happening inside the traditional, 9-5 office.

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The Workplace is Mobile

Roughly eighty-percent of workers, when polled, admit to taking work home. I use the term “admit” because most companies want to avoid their employees taking work home with them. First, if the employee is hourly, there are potential legal repercussions to an employee working off the clock. Second, taking work home represents an information security risk.

But, all the risks aside, millennials have been educated in a system that encourages homework. How much work in high school and college is done outside of the classroom (i.e. training office)? With the advances in mobile tech (from iPads to smartphones with more technical capacity than all of NASA in 1969), work doesn’t have to be a place anymore.

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The 9-5 Workday is Now Optional

With mobility comes flexibility on time. Work used to mean a set time during the day, in which we as humans agreed to trade our freedom for a paycheck. Information is now stored on servers, instead of filing cabinets and bookshelves. Collaboration in the cloud is real. Virtually everything we need to do work can be accessed from anywhere with a stable Wi-Fi connection.

Productivity Software is Now Cross-Platform

Remember that cloud that I mentioned a moment ago? The way that millennials, and a lot of other people have become reliant on the cloud has productivity developers taking note. For example, Adobe commissioned a study to understand how “cross-platform accessibility” impacts the service choices that consumers make. Turns out that 34 percent of millennials utilize cross-platform capabilities, a figure that’s 14 points higher than the population at large.

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In the workplace, this means employees are now jumping between devices to get work done. Whether that device is a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone, the right tool for the job is becoming a multiple-choice question with multiple correct answers.

Whistle While You Work

Have you noticed work is starting to move to a different beat? The proliferation of wireless speakers on the market is, in part, because millennials are listening to far more music while they work, when compared with previous generations. Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify make it easy to stream our favorite tracks and create playlists for virtually every occasion. And millennials are taking full advantage in the workplace, listening to 75% more music than baby boomers.

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Mobility, Multi-Platform Support and Music are Defining Millennials in the Workplace

If you want to peer into the workplace of the future, I think you’d find yourself in a work pod. Instead of offices, you’d find a modular isolation chamber installed into the residence where an employee works. If you’ve seen Netflix’s Black Mirror, it isn’t hard to imagine.

But today, millennials are invading the office of yesteryear and making changes. They’re moving while they work, marching to the beat of the earbuds in their ears. And, they’re extremely comfortable getting things done while away from the office. The cloud has spoiled us, and we aren’t going back!

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Last Updated on September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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