When you work side-by-side with people, there is a hum and rhythm that helps you organize and deliver your work.
It’s not a push, but an ongoing nudge that says – “this is the way to do it” or “this is what we should be working on” – it can manifest as simply leaning your chair back and asking someone for 5 seconds of advice.
Right now if you were to lean your chair back, you would find only you. And if you wanted to have that five-second conversation, it could turn into a meeting you have to organize. Whereas before if that person you wanted to talk to wasn’t around, you might see someone else and ask them a question instead, but how do you do that in remote?
Do you keep on sending out IMs into the ether hoping for what you had before?
The truth is, the hard truth, is that being remote forces you to be more organized and to figure out new pathways to make those five-second conversations happen. It forces you to identify the places where you are most productive and those you are not to figure out what works for you and what you need to make them successful.
Getting Organized, figuring out those new pathways and routines take time, don’t stop because you’ve had a setback, keep going because you want to have that bounceback that keeps that setback as a reminder of what happens when you don’t organize yourself and what you need to deliver.