Define what you’re trying to accomplish.
That way, you know what you’re asking yourself to do. “Procrastination is driven, in part, by the gap between effort (which is required now) and reward (which you reap only in the future, if ever),” writes James Surowiecki in the New Yorker. Paraphrasing David Allen’s classic title Getting Things Done, he points out, “The vaguer the task, or the more abstract the thinking it requires, the less likely you are to finish it.”
Put the word “focus” in front of you.
Leo Babauta, the author of Focus and the blog Zen Habits, suggests writing the word focus on an index card and putting it on your desk: simple, and, he promises, effective. If you can’t prioritize your projects, Babauta advises you narrow it down: pick the most important ones, start the one that excites you the most, and focus (that word again) on completing one task at a time.