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While it’s easy to let one thing completely take over your schedule, it’s vital to keep a healthy and balanced lifestyle by contributing your time and effort to things that fill different areas of life. Finding this perfect balance is an ongoing learning process, however there are a few guidelines that can help you find it.

1) Time for you

Respect yourself enough to know when you need time to yourself. Remind yourself that you are only human and you need time to recharge and unwind. When you feel like you are overwhelmed or stuck, take time to do something that you love.

2) Getting Inspired

Make the first thing you do each morning something that inspires you for the day. Whether this is reading your favorite book chapter or calling a mentor, this will ultimately set the tone for your day. Getting inspired will help your productivity throughout the day and allow you to keep your eyes on your goals.

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3) Cherishing Friendships

Friendships take time and effort to flourish. Part of a balanced lifestyle is setting aside quality time to catch up with friends. Make lunch or coffee dates often to unwind and chat with friends about what’s going on in your lives. Remember to pick friends wisely – these are the people who should keep you grounded.

4) Staying Healthy

You will be completely unproductive if you are not mentally and physically healthy. Your top priority should be making sure that you are feeding yourself well – both nutritionally and intellectually.

5) Avoiding Career Obsession

Being a motivated individual with goals and aspirations is necessary. However, knowing exactly how to balance this with other areas of life is key. Aim not to obsess over grades or work to the point of neglecting relationships and other responsibilities.

6) Dating Balance

I am not here to tell you who to date and who not to date. However, a relationship should be balanced equally with other priorities. It should not get in the way of your goals and aspirations, but inspire you to be better.

7) Staying organized

When life gets crazy, it’s easy to become unorganized and flustered. Keep a planner with a neat to-do list and important dates. It is easier to be productive when you can physically check things off of your list.

[READ: 5 Ways To Create The Perfect ‘To-Do’ List]

8) Learning from Failure

Remind yourself that it’s okay to fail, but not okay to give up. Take each failure as a lesson more so than a defeat. If you let each individual failure bring you down, you will get absolutely nothing accomplished. Learn to accept failure, move on, and try again.

It took me over 20 years of life to realize that life must have balance. I’m notorious for focusing too much on one thing whether that has been school, a relationship, or my career. If I’m committed, I put all of my time and effort into it without a doubt. While this isn’t necessarily a bad quality, it is unhealthy to be obsessed with just one area of life.

Life is busy and we as humans sometimes have trouble prioritizing. It is vital that you are making decisions logically to get things done while also enjoying everything that life has to offer. There is a healthy balance between relationships, a social life, and work load – learn to enjoy the journey of finding it.

Jennifer D.
Jennifer Duplessie is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political communications incorporating her passion for writing and photography.

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