Since asynchronous workflows are what unlock the magic of productive remote work, learning to communicate well asynchronously is a GREAT skill to acquire!
Here are 4 components of a great asynchronous message:
Enough information to cover all follow-up questions
(Don’t let yourself be the victim of an open loop; over-communicate if necessary.)
(When do you need a response by? How urgent is it? Which task is being blocked right now?)
Links, images, and as much supporting material as possible
(Keep all permanent task-related material [inside Trello cards for example], so whenever you talk about tasks you can link to to that which should contain all relevant information.)
A concrete need
(What do you want to get out of the communication? Approval on a task? An asset of some kind? Be extremely clear.)
How asynchronous is your team?