The downbeat technique

Swarming the blocker for 1 player

  1. Emotion as motion
  2. A practical guide to progress
  3. Cognition reignition


This series describes a strategy to deal with the challenges that crop up in day to day work, which may hinder progress towards the ultimate goal in knowledge work where forward momentum is crucial.

In Part 1, I describe how one lunchtime on a stationary bicycle got me thinking about how our emotional response to obstacles can affect our ability to tackle them, for better or worse.

Part 2 focuses on the specific method I used to make progress towards goals, specifically software engineering, creative work, and personal development.

In Part 3, I review relevant literature on the cognitive science of computer programming to back up this guidance from a psychological perspective.