It’s the subject that we have to unfortunately think about time and time again. In today’s economy, it is likely that we barely get time for ourselves. Let alone our partners, our children, our family members, and our friends.


It can be SO easy to get caught up in the day-to-day that has us feeling as if we had a switch turned on that made us act and feel like robots.

This blog post will discuss the work-life balance problems and solutions. It will also go over 5 ways to maintain balance with work, school, and home life. 

1. Prioritize Self-Care as a Foundation

Maintaining balance starts with taking care of yourself. Prioritize self-care by setting aside time for activities that rejuvenate your mind and body. With a busy schedule this may seem impossible at times.

But, I promise.

This does not have to be some extravagant endeavor like how most influencers portray it to be. Something as simple as a 5 minute shower where you are becoming aware of all of your senses can be just as helpful.

Nurturing your well-being will enhance your ability to manage your commitments effectively.

It can be achieved by the simple things such as practicing a 10-minute mindfulness technique, engaging in regular exercise, or pursuing hobbies you’re passionate about.

Properly attending to both your physical and mental health significantly influences the effectiveness of your time management abilities.

Prioritize adequate sleep, exercise, and nutrition to sustain your energy levels throughout the day.

2. Communicate Openly with Loved Ones

Strong communication with friends and family is vital. Learn to speak up about your commitments, work obligations, and personal goals with your loved ones.



Keeping the lines of communication open frequently, allows for transparency and helps them understand your schedule. This may foster empathy and support, ensuring that your relationships remain strong even during busy times.


Discuss clear boundaries

One stepping stone for communicating openly with loved ones is by getting clear on your boundaries. Creating boundaries is essential for preventing burnout and maintaining a healthy balance. 

Establish specific study or work hours, both in the office and while working remotely, and adhere to them as closely as possible.

Communicate these boundaries to colleagues, supervisors, family and friends to ensure they respect your personal time. And yes, this means trying not to answer your job’s phone calls when you are at home.

Plan Quality Time with Loved Ones

Quality time with loved ones is the foundation of meaningful relationships. Schedule regular date nights, family outings, or simply quiet moments to connect and bond.

Make sure to eliminate distractions during these times to be fully engaged with those you care about.

Learn to Say No

Saying no can be challenging, but it’s essential for protecting your time and energy. Be selective about the tasks and commitments you take on and prioritize those that align with your goals and values.

Politely declining requests that don’t contribute to your priorities allows you to focus on what truly matters.


It’s important to recognize your limits. Don’t hesitate to delegate tasks at work or decline commitments that could overwhelm you.

Saying no doesn’t indicate a lack of dedication; rather, it showcases your commitment to maintaining a healthy balance and giving your best in every area of your life.

My favorite analogy to this is the fact that when you get on the plane they tell you if the plane were to go down that you would have to fix your mask first before you are able to help another person with their mask.

Can you help others if you are already passed out?

3. Embrace One of the Effective Time Management Techniques

Whether you’re a student juggling assignments, a professional handling a demanding job, or an entrepreneur trying to grow your business, mastering time management can significantly enhance your productivity and overall quality of life.

Here are some effective techniques to help you make the most of your time:

1. The Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix, also known as the Urgent-Important Matrix, is a powerful tool for prioritization.

Divide your tasks into four categories: urgent and important, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, and neither urgent nor important.

Focus on tasks that fall into the urgent and important quadrant, and delegate or eliminate tasks that are neither urgent nor important.

2. Time Blocking

Time blocking involves dedicating specific time slots to different tasks or activities. Allocate blocks of time on your calendar for focused work, meetings, breaks, and personal activities.

By structuring your day in this way, you create a clear roadmap for what needs to be done and minimize distractions.

3. Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that involves breaking your work into intervals, typically 25 minutes long, separated by short breaks. After completing four Pomodoro sessions, take a longer break.

This technique helps maintain focus and productivity by working in short bursts and allowing for regular rest periods.

4. Set SMART goals

SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. When setting goals, make sure they are clearly defined, quantifiable, realistic, relevant to your objectives, and have a deadline.

Breaking down larger goals into smaller, actionable steps makes them more manageable and easier to track progress.

4. Use Technology Wisely

Leverage technology to streamline your tasks and minimize manual efforts. Utilize productivity apps for task management, scheduling, note-taking, and communication.

Automation tools can help automate repetitive tasks, freeing up time for more important activities.

Unplug Regularly

It’s easy to be constantly connected to work through emails and messages. Set boundaries by designating specific times to unplug from electronic devices.

This practice not only prevents work from encroaching on personal time but also fosters better mental well-being. 

5. Reflect and Adjust

Regularly review your time management strategies to identify what’s working well and what needs improvement. Reflect on your accomplishments and challenges, and make adjustments accordingly.

Be flexible and willing to adapt your approach as needed to optimize your productivity and efficiency.


Life is dynamic, and so are your commitments. Regularly assess your priorities and evaluate whether your current routines are still serving your balance goals.

Be open to adjusting your strategies as needed to accommodate changes in your personal and professional life.


Striking a harmonious balance between work, personal life, and relationships is an ongoing journey that requires commitment and adaptability.


By implementing these proven strategies, you can create a life that is fulfilling, joyful, and in alignment with your values.

Remember, achieving balance is not about perfection; it’s about making conscious choices that enrich all aspects of your life.

Sabrina Valdivia

Sabrina Valdivia

Spiritual Holisitic Counselor Intern and Coach

With a wealth of experience spanning more than 10 years, I have become a guiding light for those struggling with low self-esteem and anxiety, helping them rediscover their inner strength and self-worth.

My journey into holistic therapy and life coaching began as a personal quest for healing and self-discovery and a spiritual background from my determined single mother.

Having faced my own battles with low self-esteem and anxiety during my younger years, I intimately understood the challenges that many young women encounter in their lives.

This personal struggle ignited a passionate flame within me, inspiring me to delve into the realms of spirituality, self-help, and holistic healing modalities.

To read more about my story, click here.


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