Another Reason to Share Information

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Have you ever had one project that just won’t get done? You procrastinate or stare at an empty screen and think, why is this one thing driving me crazy? I had a project like that, a feature that wouldn’t come out. It was stuck somewhere between my ears and my fingers and eventually, the deadline passed me by. I told my boss and was granted an extension. Then that deadline passed me by! I was supposed to come in on Saturday to finish, and I did come in, but I didn’t finish. It was like a rash, that feature. I kept scratching, and it kept itching.


I got up at 5 a.m. that Monday and drove my car downtown to work. I was the first one in the office, and I got a lot done. I had made definite headway by 8-ish when my editor came in. We talked and she mentioned something on her s**t list. I half-jokingly replied that I too was on that list, and I told her why. Turns out she was behind in one area as well and I got myself another reprieve. All because I was forthcoming and didn’t try to sweep the problem under the rug. I let my problems be known and because I’m not a serial problem-haver (and because I have a great boss), I was cut a little slack.


And who are we kidding? We all need a little bit of slack every now and again. Especially on Super Bowl weekend. Sharing information is more than just common courtesy in the workplace. It’s a necessity, one as integral to effective operations as coffee filters in the kitchen. It’s a simple and often painless way to help your coworkers reprioritize and reorganize where needed to keep things moving and avoid project stalls. Stalling due to a lack of information is usually frowned on.


Think of it this way. Would you rather have your supervisor scouring his or her email Inbox looking for a memo or report that was never delivered, or attending to some other problem? It’s a no-brainer. Now, if only I could finish that darn feature…

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