DAOs are noisy. Check-Ins to create signal that cut through the noise.
Check-Ins are short, bullet-point updates, written on a dedicated forum category every few weeks. They’re purposely infrequent and short, creating a calm feeling of steady progress so anyone can get caught up on their own time.
The Check-In feed becomes a single source of truth for a community:
If you’re leading or representing a project, share a few bullet points about the project:
Plans - Overall objectives (OKRs are great for this), priorities for the upcoming month
Progress - Wins & accomplishments, key metrics, recent lessons learned
Problems - Gotchas, delays, things you haven’t figured out, requests for help
This is done as frequently as this key information changes, but never more than a month between check-ins.
Every day, change your chat status to share your mood and what’s going on. This helps everyone know how to approach you, and builds personal solidarity.
Every few weeks, write a quick note to update everyone with your top 3 priorities.
This way, everyone knows what’s going on, where they stand with you, and if they should connect with you about something. It also creates a sense of peer accountability and peer support.
Considering your top 3 priorities is a great way to find focus and achieve your goals. And as you get better at it, you’ll shift from writing your priorities as general projects (“work on the blog”), and more as specific outcomes (“get the blog to 3 posts per week and 1000 subs”)
This one act is a game-changer for self-organising, because it let’s anyone who can help you find you and connect.