Hey. I was wondering if people could share their thoughts on how they keep themselves on task semester after semester after semester after semester........... I find it harder and harder as the years go by to crank out work by riding a wave of energy, imagination, in recent years - caffeine, and - (oh god i know, i even tried for thankfully only brief period of time ) nicotine. I am always optimistic at the start of semesters but after a month and a half or two months, the dam breaks. I am forcing myself to work without this passion, the work is incredibly bland and I don't really connect to it. I typically end up cycling in periods of mini burn outs till xmas, fall behind in classes, and don't finish very strong. I feel sometimes like I am just sitting at my desk paralyzed with absolutely nothing in my head. I am not curious about what I read. I don't remember why I want to do things and how I want to use it in life. The problem remains though that my grades take a severe beating, as does my knowledge in the class since I need to make compromises to stay floating... How do you guys stay in a routine for a semester? Do you find that you always end up understanding the subject well, or have to just regurgitate solutions to your problems without really understanding. Do you even stay in a routine the whole time?