Setting timers on your computer or phone, or even writing them in a physical daily planner, will help you remember to follow through on whatever you are trying to do. You create a daily reminder that’s hard to ignore.

For example, if you want to improve your piano-playing skills but keep forgetting to practice until after your family is asleep, you may want to set a timer to go off earlier in the evening every day to remind you. There are also “habit apps” that come with a preconfigured list of common habits, along with suggested schedules.