Last month being December, the holiday and school stress really escalated in my life. I found myself trying to juggle exams, Christmas parties, presents, relatives, and just wrapping up the year (and many gifts) in general. December was a month that left me with little time to think of myself and where I wanted to be.
This January, the start of the new year, has been relaxing. Besides some family obligations and coordination my schedule for next year, I've had most of y time free to do as I please, and I've found that I need to take a step back. Part of the reason December was such a hectic time for me was because I overcommit. I like to say 'yes' to everything, regardless of if I have time for it or not, leading me to half finish or not finish at all many projects and commitments. In January, I was able to focus on what I wanted to focus on, not what I felt like I was obligated to focus on. My work was much better, organized, and clear than when I was stretched thin.
The difference to me is obvious: I've learned to not bite off more than I can chew. I've seen the importance of investing in the things that truly matter to me, not just something that I might have interest in for a little while. Finding those things that I want to focus on is so important because they lead me to where I want to be in the next week, in the next year, and in the future.