💬Saying what you mean
After sending the previous issue, I got a reply that what I wrote sounded very frivolous. After all, making choices about what to focus on and what to drop is not as simple as selecting what brings us joy.
All of us have responsibilities that may come from us being parents, citizens, employees, or service providers. We can't simply drop some of them without causing harm to those who rely on us.
And I agree with this response. What I had in mind was to consider several factors upon deciding what to stick to and what to leave. But I made several mistakes.
What could be better
I put personal satisfaction in the first place, implying it might be the most important factor.
I've never mentioned that you need to set priorities to the presented factors and priorities to your projects. There is no framework for that as priorities are highly personal.
Finally, I haven't gone in-depth with some of the factors. For example, in my mind, "does it help others" covers parental duties as well as not leaving colleagues alone with their problems. But since I haven't put it this way, I left it open for interpretation.
Are we clear?
Which brings me to the topic of this issue: how to communicate so others may understand you.
What we say is not the same as what others understand. Each of us has a unique background and may interpret similar words in a very different way. When we add to it the fact that some of us communicate in non-native languages, it becomes very hard to preserve meaning. Especially in written non-interactive formats such as newsletters or blog articles.
Is there a way to improve it? Yes, I think so. We can read about good style from some of the resources mentioned below. Reading won't get us very far, though. We should also exercise by writing (or talking). Finally, it's important to ask for feedback as this is the only way to learn how others perceive our messages.
As a creator, you want your audience to understand you. Crafting the right message is a skill that also requires practice. Test your communication with those who don't share your background.
I hope you get what I mean here.