I have to agree with Shamou, it sounds like you took the wrong approach.
PD isn't about the sprint and than relaxing the rest of the way and strolling along. Its about the long haul, its about getting momentum and keep moving forward regardless of obstacles.
Its like a steam train, it takes a while to get going but once its on a roll than its near unstoppable...
About the various threads:
Well this is a place to ask for help, so naturally if people gets stuck they ask for help here even if it has been asked a million times before. As always on forums if you don't want to read or help than nobody is stopping you from doing something else instead.
Also a nice excersize to do is imagine that you are about to die and your at the end of your life. Looking back what would you have done differently and what do you regret?