Google around and you’ll find lots of articles about problems with making positive changes. People don’t eat well because they don’t buy good foods. People don’t exercise because they don’t have an environment around them that supports exercise. People don’t practise with a hobby because they keep their materials shut up, and so on.
One way to get around this is to get rid of friction in the situations: actually buy healthy stuff, use books as free weights, keep your paints or guitar out where they’re in reach. Organise yourself so that you free up time to do what you want. Then you can’t rationalise your way out of doing what you need.
What are the sources of friction in your viva prep environment?
- Is it having space, time and quiet? What can you do to address that? Who can help?
- Do you need journal articles and certain knowledge? How are you going to get it?
- Feel like you want the “right kind” of stationery to make notes or summaries? Where can you get what you need?
Once you get rid of the friction you can get to work. Without these kinds of friction you’ll work better too.