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Finding Work/Life Balance in Your Everyday Routine

By: Cecilia Cardenas

We are told that in order to be a healthy and successful person, we need to get 8 hours of sleep, make sure we are getting enough water intake, move our bodies every day, keep our spaces organized, be proactive in doing our work, attend all of our classes, seek out leadership positions, make time to socialize, work a job, etc. But, I have found myself getting overwhelmed with doing all of these things in the 24 hours we have each day, and I know many college students can empathize.

We all have the same 24 hours, but setting realistic expectations and goals for ourselves is

crucial. There is no “one size fits all” formula. We need to find the rhythms that allow us to

thrive without feeling overwhelmed. In order to do that, I’ve compiled a list of helpful strategies that have helped me along the way.

1. List your priorities, and prioritize them

If I know that there are 3 things at the top of my priority list, whether it be working on a paper

that’s coming up or doing client work for PRLab, I will block off a chunk of time each day

dedicated to just working on my priorities. Sit down, tune out the world, and enter a productive work flow. This has proven to be the most effective work method for myself, as it allows me to focus only on what my tasks are, and do them in a dedicated space of time.

2. Movement

Incorporating movement into your daily routine has a myriad of benefits, including for your

physical and mental health, increased energy, and increased productivity. However, it isn’t

always realistic for college students to have the time to go to the gym or take a workout class

every day. Be that as it may, there are other, short ways to weave in movement to our everyday routines. Walking to class, doing a short yoga sequence, and going for a walk during a study break can be wonderful ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

3. Stay organized

Calendars have been my lifesaver. I input all my deadlines into a Google Calendar, and that way, it is easier for me to see each day what my priorities are. A well-organized schedule helps to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks, freeing up time for everything else, without worrying if there is something you missed.

4. Be kind to yourself

If you don’t get it just right each day, that's okay! We are all human and have our super great

days and not-so-great days. There is opportunity for growth in both. It is important to be kind to ourselves, and not let a bad day or two ruin an entire semester. If you fall off the wagon, jump back on. There is no right or wrong timeline, and we are each on our own journeys. Have compassion for yourself.

5. Nourish your soul

Beyond the daily checklist of tasks, it is imperative that we find balance. Indulge in self-care and nourishment. Whether it’s grabbing your favorite coffee, taking a stroll in the park, or hanging out with friends, find and do the things that make you happy. It is vital that we replenish our spirits and take care of ourselves.

Achieving work/life balance is an art, not a science. Find what works for you, and stick to it. By setting realistic expectations and finding the right equilibrium for you, having a balanced life is achievable, and makes finding fulfillment all the more manageable.


About the Author:

Cecy Cardenas is an Account Supervisor for PRLab this semester. She is currently working on two client teams: Rising Tide Travel and VERDE. Rising Tide Travel is a Boston-based luxury travel agency, curating unique travel experiences. VERDE is a newly-launched healthcare apparel & accessories lifestyle brand. A typical day working in this role has included scheduling and attending team & client meetings, checking in on AE’s, editing work, and attending E-board meetings.

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