If this isn't Technical enough, feel free to move it to the appropriate section. I just figured it's more work-related than a general discussion usually is.
So anyway, a short back story: I have a 3D art job. it took two years out of college, numerous shoot-downs (or more so, just plain being ignored by the same recruiters that praised my work in person), and battling loans and bills with side jobs outside of the games industry, but I finally landed a full-time gig.
Now the problem is, I lack the drive to work on my own stuff. While it is very satisfying to work on a team and create a final product out of our ideas and art, I'm not always making things I'd absolutely love to make, nor am I always able to focus on aspects of my art that I'd like to focus on. I keep telling myself and my wife that I'll start a side project at home, and while I have a number of projects planned, I can never seem to motivate myself to start them (although I'm hoping the upcoming Dominance War will give me the swift kick that I need). By the time I get home I have chores to take care of, and after that I feel like I'll be damned if I'm going to "work" more after an 8-10 hour day of sitting at the computer working.
So I ask the PC hivemind:
Of those artists that have jobs in the industry-- be they entry level or veteran-- how do you motivate yourself to work on personal art outside of work?