My advisor told me that I needed to be an independent researcher, so I came up with a project by myself. But I don't really work on it because there are no deadlines and no one else is involved with the project. Also I stopped having regular meetings with my advisor, so he is no longer there to kick me in the butt when I don't do any work.
I spend most of my time procrastinating, working on coursework, and being a TA. TAing and problem sets are things that actually do have hard deadlines and involve other people, so I end up working on that stuff instead of my research project.
How can I stay motivated to work on my research project? I have barely done any research for months.