I've been diligent about printing, starting last fall. I have been able to keep within a week or two of my negatives and it is a very exciting way to work, for me.
I too had a backlog, still do. I just decided "from this day forward I will keep up". That way, the backlog becomes a fixed, not growing quantity. Now it seems manageable, it's even slowly dwindling!
Of course another problem for me is that I'm a better printer now than I was even a few years ago so there's the temptation to go back and improve things.... of course that's another matter. =)
Good luck! Missed your lovely work in the gallery, glad to see you posting here again.
All the best. Shawn