It's a whole lot easier once you start to get ahead of the airplane. I'd suggest listening to ATC online @ http://www.liveatc.net in your free time to start to get a "feel" for IFR comms, and getting a copy of your a/c checklist to practice flows and approaches at home with MSFS. IFR flight is intense but fun!Congrats! I must say that I wish I was at the same point. I have been working on my instrument for 2 weeks and I'm already overwhelmed. It's like PPL material on crack.
Nope--it'll be a while before the commercial since I'm starting at UND this fall. I was considering other schools because of the training I've already done, but UND gave me some fantastic scholarships & I had been given scholarships for my private/instrument.