How to overcome blockages


Beginner productivity advice goes like this: Do one thing until it’s finished.

You do that for a while and it works.

As you expand your work and progress to an intermediate-level digitalist, you start to notice that many of your projects are frequently delayed, often due to waiting on something or someone.

Roadblocks

We encounter roadblocks constantly, such as communicating across different time zones, awaiting approvals, and managing emails.

If you rely solely on beginner-level methods, your progress will slow down, making it difficult to maintain momentum. Brute forcing is not very effective at this level.

Momentum-Proofing

I created a new way to overcome this block.

Anytime one project gets blocked you move on to another.

This is called momentum-proofing.

You might work on a project for several hours at a time, but projects often span multiple sessions over weeks or even months. Given the need for context switching in a project, consider how you can make project switching a beneficial pivot that utilizes the energy from one session to fuel the next.

Multitasking

This is not to be confused with multitasking.

There’s a distinction. On the level of tasks context switching is distraction.

To ensure that project switching is beneficial and utilizes the energy from the previous session, you must find a way to seamlessly transition from one project to the next.

App-Method Fit

The only tools that are designed for Momentum-Proof moves are Notion-like apps.

I created a timeline to keep track of my projects at all times, so that switching between them is seamless.

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