What do we do without a spiritual director? Prayer and spiritual reading are the two things that have helped me. The daily rosary, no excuses accepted to avoid it! Morning and evening prayers, said without fail. It took me a few years to establish my prayer habits, but now I look forward to that time spent in devotion.
There are so many books available to us to help our spiritual journey; sometimes it takes a bit to find the right one. I tried to read Shorter Summa, but it was too much for me at my current level. I love to read the lives of saints. My current reading list includes Introduction to the devout life by St. Francis De Sales, and Conversations with Christ by St. Theresa of Avila. And my companion books, The Imitation of Christ, and the Purgatorian Manual which I refer to often.
Getting back to my point about things requiring more effort as you progress, I find that my prayer load has increased as I grow more accustomed to it, I attend more Masses, and spend less time in frivolous activities.