I guess many people face this problem. For me it is juggling work, gym and meeting friends while trying to keep my review count as low as possible and leveling at a decent rate.
I also use the Reorder script to make sure I do my radicals and kanji first. For this I make time every day.
Sometimes I have some extra time (while queuing, commuting, …) and I just open the app on my phone to do some extra reviews.
This approach sometimes means my review count gets high too (all vocabulary ) even though my apprentice number is usually in between 100-150.
When this happens I just decide to dedicate a full day on the weekend to getting my review count to 0!
However I’d like to change my ways and spend a little more time every day consistently because those high review counts are a huge pain in my **s