Whether you are writing client copy, marketing content, or your first novel, you likely know the mad, skull-squeezing feeling that writer’s block brings. When you’re working on deadline, there is hardly anything worse. Extracting even the most mundane of words from your mind is like pulling teeth. And that blasted blinking cursor underscores how much more white space there is on your screen than written words. It is enough to push a sane person to the brink and cause them to wonder if they had ever been able to string together coherent sentences in the first place.
Like understanding the rules of email etiquette or how to backup important files to cloud storage, the ability to monotask–to effectively distinguish information delivery vehicles from our to-do list, to prioritize work based on actual goals, and to manage our engagement with digital communication tools accordingly–is merely another learned behavior necessary to successfully communicate and work within our modern digital environment.