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  • Writer's pictureNikolay Dobrev

Back in 2018, I started an experiment with myself

I was very aware it might lead to a burnout.

In my pursuit of a bachelor's degree, I was often juggling between three things:

- classes;

- part-time jobs and;

- freelance gigs.

Which got me confident in my time management skills.

So in September '18, despite having a 9-5 job, I decided to make time as well for:

- SoftUni Digital's Marketing course:

- My side hustle "Mashmo Clothing" and;

- The final year of my Finance and Accounting classes.

To say the least, my schedule from September until July was hectic.

Deadlines were overlapping.

Late nights were chasing early mornings.

And my coffee cup was never empty.

So when I passed my final exam in July, the relief was immense.

It filled me with pride that I overcame such a difficult period.

And I was full of joy and a sense of accomplishment.

But after the dopamine rush passed, I started to reflect on these times.

It wasn't beautiful at all.

In the process, I:

- Drifted away from friendships;

- Was tired and nervous all the time;

- Couldn't digest all the knowledge I have absorbed.

Was it all worth it?


It taught me not to stray away from happiness and belongingness for the sake of accomplishment.

What life lesson you had to learn the hard way?

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