Author and entrepreneur Derek Sivers writes on his blog
that you can help overcome procrastination by changing an “and” to an “or.”
For example, Sivers writes that his unwritten condition for exercising used to be: “When it’s a nice day, and I’ve finished my work, and I haven’t just eaten, and I’m feeling energetic.”
But it was rare that a given day met all of those conditions. As a result, he didn’t exercise much.
His coach then suggested that he replace “and” with “or.”
He could exercise when it’s a nice day, or he’s finished his work, or he’s feeling energetic.
If a list of conditions is keeping you from accomplishing something, try changing “and” to “or.”