How to stop getting ahead of oneself during exam preparation? I have my final semester exams coming-up for my masters course.I sometimes start to day-dream about what my life would be like after I ''passed'' the exams. I try and control the thoughts whenever I can but it pops-up at some unexpected moment. I envision myself leading a team of race engineers and giving orders etc. OR sometimes,it might be about using the money I earned to make a new project in my home country. Fictional stuff. It clearly is affecting my prep. "putting the cart before the horse" seems to be the most apt phrase to describe what I am doing now. How do I develop a systematic way of controlling or logically reasoning-out these thoughts?