If you’re like me, there are just not enough hours in the day. I am always trying to juggle the demands of work with having a personal life. Sometimes I feel like I just can’t win! As a college student, it is particularly difficult to manage classes, a job, homework, extracurricular activities, and trying to have a life aside from all that. It took me a really long time to find a way to balance all of my responsibilities but once I did, life became a lot more fulfilling.

Here are some strategies I use to manage my life:




1. Make a list  

Every morning I like to wake up and write a list of all the things I need to accomplish that day, whether it’s finishing up some homework or going to the gym. This way I won’t forget anything that I need to do and I feel amazing when I get to check something off the list.

2. Be Consistent 

With schedules changing constantly every day, it is important to keep certain aspects of life consistent. I try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up the same time in the morning. This way I get enough sleep and don’t feel grouchy and angry the next day. No one likes to deal with someone who hasn’t had enough sleep.

3. Take Break  

After working all day, breaks are essential. I would be way too stressed if I didn’t stop to relax after doing busy work. So go to the gym or get dinner with some friends and unwind. This way you can come back and accomplish your tasks with a clear mind.

4. Reward Yourself  

There is no better feeling than finishing everything you have on your list of things to do. I like to reward myself for accomplishing my tasks by going with my friends to a movie and de-stress. It makes me feel really good to be able to catch up with them while taking some time away from my busy schedule.

5. Moderation is Key  

It’s true that everyone should eat healthy most of the time. Eating healthy can really help you stay focused on your work and help you feel good about yourself in the process. But it is perfectly fine to splurge every once in a while. I like to eat healthy six days of the week and then go nuts on the seventh. That way I don’t feel guilty pigging out and it’s another way to treat myself for my hard work.


I like to make sure every day is well rounded by incorporating social, personal health, work, and free time into my schedule. That way I never feel like I am missing out on something exciting. These simple tricks have really helped me, but there are plenty of other strategies that work. So tell me in the comments below….how do you keep your life in balance?
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“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” -Thomas Merton