For those of us that aren't paid artists (and probably for many of those who are), 'life' can sure get in the way of studying art. Take... uh, me for example. I go to school (two majors and a minor), work, and have a pretty hectic schedule. Basically if I want to sit down and focus on a personal project, it means I have to pull an all-nighter, which I'm reluctant to do most of the time because it greatly affects how well I can study the next day (which means Friday nights are my big art binge time). During the summer, I'm going to be working 60 hours a week (which I'm very thankful for, pays tuition), working out, helping my parents out around the house, and taking online classes. I see all these as essential parts of my life, none of which I mind doing, but it leaves me with very little time to pursue improving my artistic skill. I'm certain I want to pursue art as my career, but looking at the skill level of many of the people on this site, I feel like it's going to be near impossible to catch up (you can look at my deviant gallery if you like (check my sig)... I don't think I'm hopeless, but man do I have a lot of work to do!).
But this topic isn't about me, I'm just using myself as an example. What I want to know is what sort of tips, practical or otherwise, people may have for managing the necessities of life in order to work on their true passion, art. I know I'm not the only one here with a busy schedule... so how do you guys do it? :o