Practice Implementation Intentions
The “implementation intentions” technique was proposed by Peter Gollwitzer, a psychologist from the New York University, and it basically requires that the person creates a certain “trigger” to keep himself focused on the next task. These triggers are if-then conditions that create a stimulus that appears to be useful to avoid procrastination.
As Caroline Miller, the author of the book, Getting Grit: The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose, puts it, “These if-then conditions make it more likely you will follow through on your goals because you have made an agreement with yourself ahead of time.”
By avoiding “Will I or won’t I? ideas,” as Miller calls them, you can program your mind to keep itself focused on what’s coming.