Being organized is key. I had problems with both and I either didn't have enough time for my family or I ended up failing classes and spending time with family. I was unorganized and only cared about being with family or doing my own thing. Instead, I created a planner and organized everything I needed to do. I picked days to focus on schools and picked other days to focus on family, creating a balanced life between the two.
As a full time student, I also have the responsibility of watching my two children and maintaining the house while my fiance works full time as a nurse. To handle the load of a 13 unit schedule plus my personal obligations, I clearly split my time between the two, with few flexibilities. Before my fiance gets home I care for my two kids (5yrsM & 1yrsF), take the older one to/from school, clean the house, cook dinner, etc.. Once she is home around 4.00pm then I am strictly doing coursework until about 11pm-12am unless there is an emergency or if I'm telling the kids goodnight. When I can, I'll squeeze in some study time during the day but I mostly stick to the schedule. I also take plenty of 5-10 minute "peace/quiet" breaks throughout the day and make sure to eat and drink plenty of water.
I find balance through staying organized and not procrastinating and also seeking out help from my teachers and family when needed.
I find balance by trying my best to stay organized, getting my assignments done early, and accepting the help of others when I need it the most.
I find balance with planning my assignments out and trying to get them done either real early in the mornings or late nights to try and not take any time away from my family.
According to my lifestyle I spread out my work during the times of 6am-9am, 6pm-10pm when all my kids are the least energetic. Depending how long it takes to finished I usually do one or two different assignments. So by then end of the week I won't have an homework load that will either took me whole day and night to finished or the stressed of being rush.
I find balance By carefully planning out my week with my assignments spread out to not create such a heavy workload. You can also do the opposite where you designate a day or two specially to having a heavy work load and plan your non academic life according on those days!
In order to optimize functioning its a great idea to find balance between the various roles one takes part in. Take it day at a time. Be sure to set a schedule for the week, planners and calendars will help and try your best to stick to them. Manage your time, maintain a healthy life style, manage conflicting demands, strive to do you best but beware of stress. Your human set limits and practice mindfulness.
The best way to find balance is to have your time organized. Get a planner and input study time, family time and if working working time. Even see if your work can offer a temporary leave of accommodation for school hours. Having to juggle work, school, family time, my relationship and quality time with my daughter is alot, but time management and organization really helps alot. Prioritize your time.