The only issue with "balancing both" is that without proper planning, you'll most likely feel exhausted and unable to enjoy either part of your life. Here's what I've learned throughout the years for the best ways of balancing both.
I have a 3 pronged strategy: Breath Control, Meditation and Nutrition-Megadosing.
I'll start with Breath Control. This is something that I've picked up actually from my business partner, Martin Armstrong. He's friends with a Navy Seal, who taught him about Box Breathing. Box breathing is really simple: you breathe in for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, and exhale for 5 seconds. Pretty simple huh?
It turns out that most of the time, if we focus on our breath, it's a pretty easy task. Now imagine you are in the middle of a cram session for an exam, or cranking out the last 2,000 lines of code for your startup's next sprint deadline. Not so easy anymore.
What many people don't know is breathing taxes the body, yes you are using your whole upper body to expand your lungs, diaphragm and other organs to make room for the incoming air. As you exhale those same muscles act in reverse. If we don't keep the fresh air in long enough (hyperventilating) we are spinning our wheels expending energy without giving our blood cells the oxygen needed to operate.
What's cool is that you can control what kind of articles show up in your facebook news feed. Even cooler, is the fact that you can do that with your own personal thoughts as well! Who wants their thoughts to be constantly pinging off of spam? Not me. Well, what's the brain's thought-stream equivalent of spam? What-if's, regrets, anxiety, replaying unfortunate events in your life and identifying with them.
It's all pointless because those thoughts don't benefit you. In Eastern philosophy, they call those thoughts ruminations, little grievances that will come up if you're not proactive, or mindful about what kind of thoughts you allow in.
Meditation is the art of developing your personal spam filter, your personal "unfollow" button. When you become proficient at this, you'll realize how much more time and energy you'll have for thinking about things that actually matter to you, and are beneficial to think and ponder about.