The Pomodoro Method is a good way to beat procrastination. You make a bargain with yourself to focus on a task for 25 minutes, with a 5-minute reward at the end to take a break and do anything you'd like. Pomodoro helps you get started with a task, but it's not a magic formula in itself. You still need to focus, and you're probably going to need to use some willpower to get you through the 25 minutes.
This battery-operated timer is a favorite among Pomodoro aficionados because it's tomato-colored, doesn't make a ticking sound, and looks nice on your desktop.