It appears that AJ Jacobs is writing a book on self experimentation and this very lovely article on managing the many daemons in your brain is a portion. It is a good addition to the thread about self control and attention management.
My favorite bit involves a shocking idea. Language evolved so we could talk to ourselves. Or, I’d say, so our various inner daemons could talk to each other. I even find myself wondering if one of them didn’t stumble upon it and discover it now had a huge competitive advantage over it’s siblings.
The less shocking, but still fascinating, is that one way to keep your attention focused is to talk – preferable out loud – about what your doing.