Use My Vacation Days
Okay … at least use some of my vacation days. Like, half would be good, even. For a generation constantly berated as lazy and entitled, research actually shows that millennials use fewer vacation days and are more likely to feel ashamed when they do use them than any other generation before. Thanks to the accumulation of five years’ worth of sparsely used vacation days, I have … well, let’s just say a comfortable number of days available in 2017, and I am determined to use more than 7.5 of them (that’s how many days I took off in 2016.) After all, vacation makes better, more productive workers. (From the linked article: “The brain can think positively, productivity improves by 31 percent, sales increase by 37 percent, and creativity and revenues can triple.” Wow!)
I’ll take any suggestions for how to spend the time, thanks!
Choose a Theme for 2017
This one I actually stole from: https://enterprise.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-in-business/10-new-years-resolutions-for-every-professional/, but I really liked it to wrap up my goals and I’d love to give it a shot.
How do you want your colleagues and bosses to describe you in 2017? That’s your theme for the year. Brainstorm steps for how you can encapsulate this theme in everything you do. For an added challenge, don’t make it a word that pops up on your annual review every year anyway. I often get “creativity” on mine, so that won’t be my 2017 theme. I’m still mulling over it, but a few ideas I have are Action, Consistency and Boldness.
Finally, an Anti-Resolution
Let’s call this more of a “Leave it in 2016 (and 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015…)” Resolution. A thing to stop doing, as it were.
I know Mike & the Mechanics said it best when they said “Every generation blames the one before.” But everyone. Please. We have got to move past Millennial Discourse.
I’m serious. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. It’s beyond exhausting at this point, it’s beyond mildly amusing: It’s become a meme unto itself. (You know how us millennials love memes.) People. Come on. We can do better than this. I saw an article the other day complaining that millennials aren’t buying enough fabric softener. That’s the point when you have to know you’ve put the topic in spin cycle one too many times.
If we promise to pay more attention to wine corks, will you promise to stop writing think pieces analyzing the every spending habit of arguably the most diverse and uncertain generation in history? It’s not earning customers or their loyalty; if it were, these articles wouldn’t continue to start with “Why aren’t Millennials ____________?”
Let’s all be safe, productive, and happy in 2017 — that’s the most important goal.