The life-changing method I created to manage work that was waiting on me, get back to people faster, and create more space to do my best work.

How to Stop Being the Bottleneck in Your Team’s Progress

Ev Chapman
6 min readOct 23, 2023

A few months ago I saved a tweet from Ronit Newmark that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about…

“Good things happen when you release work that’s waiting on you. Set someone free by completing something that unlocks other’s work.”

And if I’m honest, I’m really bad at this.

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There’s always someone in my team who is waiting on me for something. And it stops them from being able to move their work forward.

And that bothers me…. a lot.

It’s not that I didn’t want to get back to people, I just didn’t have a good system for collecting & managing all the things that were requested of me.

So I Created A ‘Release Work That Is Waiting On Me’ System:

If you’re relying on willpower alone (like I was) then you are going to run out of it really quickly.

Especially on those busy days, when you have very little headspace left for anything other than sitting with a glass of wine on the…



Ev Chapman

Founder The ✨Spark Method™ & Tana Fast Track // Turn Your Personal Knowledge Into Powerful Ideas that increase your income, opportunities & authority.