Something I realised I use a LOT, after reading Timothy Pychyl’s “Solving The Procrastination Puzzle” (highly recommended) is I ‘pre-decide’ what my responses to situations will be.
For example, I know that if I finish learning a tune, or meet a practice goal I set, my immediate response right after that would be to slow down, I’ll tell myself I’ve “earned a break” etc and other excuses to stop working at it and lose all that valuable momentum.
“Celebrating Victories” should never turn into “Dialing Down The Effort” – – – so I try to ensure that I pre-decide “whenever I finish XYZ I’m going to start on this other thing immediately”.
Another example, this one more recent – – I know that when I put out a video, especially if it’s something I spent a lot of time working on, I might have a tendency to be over-invested in how people respond to it.
So I pre-decide that “as soon as I upload this content, I’m going to assume it doesn’t even exist, and I’m going to get to work on the next thing – – I’m not going wait on social media like a dog waiting for a treat, waiting for people to watch and respond to the material I’ve put out – – I’ll follow the right processes and improve them over time, but I’ll focus on the output, rather than the reaction I get from it”
These are hard to do, of course, but I’ve found that the more I habitualize these behavioural loops, and treat them as non-negotiable, I end up saving a lot of time and mental bandwith.