When I started university, I was really excited about learning new things. My first 2 years were harsh but with a lot of effort and discipline I managed to get good grades and got into all the specializations I wanted. Right after the end of 2nd year I started an 8-month internship. Unfortunately, business was very slow and there were many weeks where out of 5 days I worked intensively only 1 or 2.
Since I had so much free time in my hands, I started going to the gym, getting into video games, taking singing lessons and doing many things I liked. Unfortunately, once my internship ended, I found my study habits obliterated: out of the 6 courses I took in the first term of 3rd year I failed 3, almost got in probation, and after much struggle I managed to finish 3rd year in 12 months but with my GPA taking a big hit.
Once again I’m taking another 8-month internship and sadly I’m finding myself in a similar situation as last time: the first months of work were very productive but it’s been 2 months and I haven’t had anything to do. I really don’t want to suffer the same problems in 4th year and I need to get my grades up if I want to go to grad school. Are there any exercises to train myself mentally in order to avoid losing my discipline and motivation? Both at work and eventually at school? Any suggestions?