One good method for achieving that goal is to utilize that ever so promoted tool known as the "TO DO LIST". Now you could argue that if you are always referring to a list of things to do in the near future, then you are not living in the present because you are too busy forecasting future events. That is absolutely true so you shouldn't get obsessed with the practice. My lovely fiance has lists for her lists! It's a bit over the top but I love her to death.
Anyway, used in moderation without obsession they really can be very useful for anyone, especially for the newly sober person that has huge new blocks of time to occupy now that they are no longer in an alcoholic haze of apathy. Use it as a guide but understand that if you don't get everything on the list checked off, you didn't fail and the world isn't going to end. You can always put in on the next one!
What I've recently been doing regarding lists is tackling the most dreaded on said list first. An example of a recent list had the following items on it; Do the laundry, organize all of my tax documents, post a blog, do some more book promo stuff, whach some tennis balls against the wall in the park, play my guitar and watch the Knicks game that night. So the thing I least wanted to do on this list was obviously organizing my tax crap. I mean really, who WANTS to do that? So I did that first and it put me in such a good mood for having accomplished what I really didn't want to do. Did I get to everything on the list? No, my laundry basket was that much fuller the next morning. The world didn't end although it did get a bit stinkier :-)
So again, while not a be all and end all, lists can be your friend if you use them wisely and don't get crazy about them.