January is an odd month to set 'specific' things to achieve. I've got a big deadline, an exam to study for and a crazy week at Uni where I'm doing an entire module in one go. I used to be such an advocate of multi-tasking, but I'm realising more and more now that it doesn't actually help me get anything done. Concentrating on one thing until its done is a far better way for me to work - but its hard. Have you ever just sat there and 'listened in' on your brain? Try it. Its amazing how many different thoughts you can have in such a small space of time. I'm trying to work on tuning out these distractions and just focusing on the task at hand, I'm getting so much more done. Lunches are a practical one... I'm trying to save as many pennies as I possibly can ready for my big adventure this summer & buying lunch out is expensive (and lazy).
I often find when I'm stressed about work and exams that I don't take time for myself - to do the things that I really enjoy. Finding a balance isn't easy but exhausting myself just isn't fun. This definitely includes exercising - I feel so much more energised when I'm running regularly and my body is moving. So much better. Towards the end of last year I started keeping a journal, and as much as I adore this blog - it isn't quite the same as putting pen to paper and scrawling thoughts across a page. I have this little fantasy of having a stack of notebooks on a shelf one day that document the whole of my twenties. Crazy? Maybe. But that's how I like it.
I hope the start of 2013 has been a good one for you!