People must be sick of me prattling on about work, getting on with it, being productive and so on. I promise to give it a rest after this post and get on with some more specific animation tips and such. This post about procrastination from Zen Habits is great, and reminded me of some of my old students.
Looking at the animation students from the outside in now instead of from within the eduction biz, I think the first point on the list is by far the most important. In fact I think this question brings more people to animation study than the actual animating..... Do I "really, really, really want to do it."
It makes animation education complicated, some students are raring to go while others are still just window shopping. I'm always wary of seeing animation as somehow special, perhaps its the same with all education. But I know this for sure, you can't become a competent professional animator on a whim, you must be committed. If you don't find an answer to this question you may get allotted one by default, because in many cases the window shopping can cost you the time you need to make the journey from fan to contributor.
Anyway, if you are sure being an animator is what you want and have been finding it difficult to get moving, I hope this article helps :)