The way I survived the last two years was not sleeping and downing obscene amounts of caffine. Also not writing as much during the week and making up for it on the weekends. Nothing works as good as coffee though
Oh, man. I feel your pain.
I have so much going on in school, but I want to participate for once. Last year, there was no chance of it, seeing as I had a huge, huge, huge paper to write that would take most of November, and then December to edit, etc. emotion_donotwant But I'm trying. Slacking off on the weekdays and then making up for it on the weekends are the way I'm going to try and cope. That, and getting my schoolwork done sooner to leave myself more time to focus on NaNoWriMo.
I've done NaNo four times. I did NaNo and maintained good grades my junior and senior year of high school, and my freshman and sophomore year of college. Now I'm in my junior year in college, and I'm going for gold.
The trick is just doing what you have to. There is no correct way to do it. Be stubborn, be relentless (in both areas) and don't b***h about it. Life doesn't pause for NaNo. That's part of the challenge.