I attend a rather small university in Canada. I'm doing my MSc. in physics and I've noticed that myself and other grad students rarely have any motivation to do their grad work. Personally, I'm at the pre-experiment stage where all I'm doing is reading papers about the subject, which I find to be pretty boring. I feel like I should be going in for 8 hours a day but I just can't read papers for that long. I've been going in for afternoons only. I've heard other students talk about lack of motivation, not going in on certain days, etc. I find the idea of an MSc. thesis kind of daunting and I guess I'm not used to finding a direction for research on my own. Do most grad students go through this or is my school just full of slackers?