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Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?

Where would I be without My Millennials? They give me the down low on what’s dope and what’s not. They’re amused because I’m on IG (Instagram) Stories. They taught me. In fact, I consider myself lucky to call them my friends.

But I struggle with what is known as “FOMO” – Fear of Missing Out. Why do Millennials wait until the last minute to make commitments? To dig deeper, I took a poll, not in Instagram Stories, but IRL (in real life).

The Value of Time

“Time” means now, immediate and imminent, for Millennials. Fuelled by FOMO, they race through multiple “what if” scenarios. What if I commit now? What do I have to give up? What if I hedge and wait a bit longer? What if something better comes along?

But decisions, big and small, will be made…or sometimes not. If analysis paralysis creeps in, they are left with only a default position which is far from ideal. By not making decisions, they allow the universe to unfold as it should.

The Speed of Time

It’s hard to not be part of the “arms race” – fast, faster, fastest. We want the fastest or be the fastest “fill-in-the-blank” in the world.

My Millennial takes his multi-tasking mantra to the max. He “reads” (listens) “books” (audio) at 2.5 times the speed of normal speech while doing his chores at home happily listening to a voice like “Alvin the Chipmunk” chirping away in his ears. Millennials love multi-tasking.

The Perception of Time

Reacting at a rapid pace, a swift swipe right or left means everything is urgent and everything is important to Millennials. Nothing is not urgent. Nothing is not important. After 30 years, Stephen R. Covey’s “Time Management Matrix” (“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”) has been downsized from four quadrants to two halves. Time seems infinite for Millennials.

And The End of Time

What’s urgent and important to My Gen has become very urgent and very important. We pause to reflect and then react. Paradoxically, by not having much time left, we take more time in deciding how we want to fill our calendars with what matters most to us.

We all want time to be on our side. We contemplate the past and plan for the future. Or we can use our time wisely now and not let it use us. According to Mo Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer, Google (X), “Life is now and now is amazing.” Agree?