Most people who become Digital Nomads these days are simply fed up with the 9-5 grind in a mundane office environment. Yeah, I get that, and agree wholeheartedly. However there's another dimension which I didn't think would bother me that much, until now.
Communicating and "socialising" with "digital" colleagues as a nomad isn't easy nor is it efficient. It's not very personal and it's not very easy to extract the right information from a text. I sometimes find it really hard to communicate what I want or where I'm having trouble. It's hard to articulate smooth sentences using your "typed" vocabulary.
On top of that it's very easy for meaning to get lost in a sentence. Context isn't always obvious. You can't read the situation with your eyes or ears. A lot of stuff is simply assumed, which leads to incredibly long threads of back-and-forth Q & A's.
Yeah, you can jump on Skype or Google Hangouts, but in the remote teams I've worked with this always seems like a last resort. I wish it weren't because it's much easier to get on the same page as your colleagues with a quick call.
I think it stands as a last resort because most remote workers see a call as a "meeting", and I'm sure we can all agree on how much we all hate meetings, right.
So yeah, I would like to work on this both personally and in the teams I work with. There are solutions that have varying degrees of success, which include:
- You can leave short voice messages and have conversation that way
- You can push the team to have daily/weekly stand-ups where everyone shares what they're working on
- You can learn to ask better questions
- You can push to ensure tasks are well defined within a clear framework (title, description, checklist of tasks, things to watch out for, etc)
I really feel like 200WAD is helping me write better. I can feel it becoming easier to think of a topic (usually on the spot), write, re-write and publish, everyday.I love searching for new words, looking them up in the dictionary and checking other synonyms in the thesaurus - it's really helping build my vocabulary and extend my sentence creativity.
What else? If you know of any other strategies that have worked for you, please share them 😀.