many teachers in many traditions consider life AS Practice. Unless you choose to take robes and live monastically,you're gonna have to allow yourself enugh distraction to provide for Survival at the very least.
For me monastic living has many attractions yet it looks, to me, for me, to be more like escape.My Practice is to bring as much peace to myself,and to my interactions with others, thereby bringing peace to all other beings. Its been challenging and rewarding.
Here's an interesting practice- try doing Metta towards your training partners- with each technique,wish your partner peace & well-being. I can feel this from everyone i train with even tho as far as i know none of us actively does this.
I think Presence is the key- whethter it be Buddhism, Aikido,Tea, Dance, Love.