Millennials get a bad rap for being lazy, unreliable and indecisive. As a part of this generation, I strongly disagree. I went to college with some of the most motivated and creative individuals you could imagine. I have friends who have penned books, started fashion lines, write for major publications, started businesses, and have successful broadcast journalism jobs to name a few. Our generation has a can do attitude. We believe in the power of slashes. By slashes, I mean job titles. For example, my best friend works for a foreign news station, manages a dance studio and teaches at pre-school. She is also a blogger and a guru at multi media.
Millennials reject the notion that we have to pick just one career, one talent, one passion. If doing it all isn’t possible, our generation is challenging this decree. I love the entrepreneurial attitude of so many young adults. I love that we are no longer accepting the regular 9-5 lifestyle and becoming our own bosses.
This mindset of many young adults can definitely lead to workaholic tendencies. While I hope this wave of entrepreneurial thought continues and grows stronger, all work and no play is not good for anyone. It is important to learn the art of balancing. We have to learn when to take a break from working and take care of our minds and bodies. We have to make time for our families and friends. We have to allow ourselves the space to get organized and just breathe.
Continuous work without taking care of your other needs will eventually affect your work endeavors in a negative light. You can become stressed and unfocused. The quality of your work can decrease. The creative juices you thrive on can dry up. Feelings of being overwhelmed can consume you.
Over working can also negatively affect your health. People who are stressed and overworked tend to get sick more often and have higher rates of Diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
For the sake of the motivation that drives your boss ambitions and your overall health, work on balancing your life. Take care of your physical, mental and emotional needs. Prioritize. Have fun. Travel. Fall in Love. Educate yourself.
Just be happy.