Here’s how you can connect with your friend better:

Give specific instructions

Avoid talking about the big picture or abstract ideas. Instead, give specific instructions down to the to-dos.

Acknowledge your friend’s effort

Your friend helps people behind the scenes more than you know. Acknowledge your friend’s effort when you see it.

Focus on building agreement

Refrain from being critical or disagreeing unless necessary. Focus on finding points of agreement and letting your friend know you are on the same team.

Take action on your words

Whenever you discuss with your friend, translate those conclusions into actionable steps, and then take action.

Stick to your plans

If you make changes to your schedules or deadlines, it gives your friend stress. Be decisive – make a plan and stick to it.