Yesterday I started an experiment to host a virtual co-working session on a WhatsApp group.
We didn't see each other and not everybody chimed in.
But for me, and a few others, we felt a sense of community and the nudge to get things done. I managed to do 5 things I've been putting off for some time.
I've been immersing myself more and more in the experimental mindset, not aiming to get everything perfect from the get-go and improving as I go along. The virtual co-working is one such experiment. I can already think of many ways to improve on it, but it's better to make decisions based on my experience and other people's experiences than juggling assumptions and expectations.
The WhatsApp group is set so that only admins (that's me) can post, until the time of the co-working session. That's when participants can share their goals for the co-working session and we check in on each other every hour or so.
One thing to note about experiments: we sometimes gather data too soon, without accounting for the time needed to form habits and develop familiarity.
It's too soon to tell whether the idea is useful or not, in the long-term. Will it consistently produce good results? Will those who struggled in the first session continue to struggle?
There's not enough data right now to make any conclusions.
And the experiment continues...