Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Whether it is a product specification, job opening, workload plan, or content strategy, putting things on paper creates clarity and saves time. When you have a thought that you want to share and get feedback on write it down. When you write things down, you also think through things.
Raw thoughts, and ideas in our heads are never as polished and solid as written down thoughts. This is because much like sculpture gives feedback to its creator, a written document talks back to you as you write it down.
Writing creates a basic feedback loop. Before getting feedback from other people you can literally get feedback from yourself.
Writing allows you to refine your idea before you share it with others. You save time in two ways. First, you save yourself time because you actually think the idea through, and polish it before executing it.
Secondly, and more importantly, you save your team’s time. Instead of spending time discussing a half baked idea, you share your thoughts as a simple 1-page document. Now your team can review it asynchronously. They can comment and tell you what they like and don’t like. You can have a back and forth feedback in the document, and then if and when needed get together to discuss the idea face-to-face.
A culture of writing things down is also a culture of thoughtfulness, respect, bothering to read and think things through.
We pay less attention to everything, including each other and our own thoughts. Pause and take a bit of time to write things down, and to think things through.
Summing-up: Create a culture of thoughtfulness, respect and writing things down in your startup. Your products, your plans, your content strategy, your financial models and your company over all will be better off.