Life can be very distracting, but if you want to succeed as an artist, you have to have a consistent artistic practice.
Having consistency in your studio practice is very important. I always find it funny when artist tell me that they haven't work in a while. I get it, It's a struggle to create time for your artwork while having to work, manage a family and your social life. I'm only writing about this because I haven't done any work in about a month in a half. This hurts me and the more time that flies bye makes it even harder for me to get back to work.
Last week, I went right back to work full throttle! Working on my new text pieces and preparing to do some large scale screen printing projects. I feel stronger as an artist when I work out my problems by creating huge amounts of art. Even though, I wasn't painting during my "hiatus" I was doing research, writing, grappling with language and thinking about whats next for the work. Having a creative practice is hard work that's why I think some artist take large amounts of time off.
I know there are some artist who have a more sporadic studio practice and if that works for them... great!
Everybody has a strategy when it comes to creating work, but for me the more I stay away, the more chaotic my life becomes. So, If you have been in your studio in a while maybe its time to get back to work.