Awesome Kitty Presents: Working on a project

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Awesome Kitty sez:

Figuring out how to explain things to other people can take up a lot of time, but that isn’t a reason not to do it! I know you want to get on with doing the real work to get your project moving forwards, and you don’t want to spend time figuring out how to explain things. But in all likelihood, sooner or later your project is going to include communicating with other humans, and if this part goes badly, it’s going to cause a LOT of problems down the line. So thinking about how to explain things is not a waste of time, in fact it’s crucial to your project’s success.

Here is a graph I made to help illustrate this concept:

Bar graph titled 'Working on a project'. The graph shows the usefulness of ways you could be spending your time. The most useful way, indicated by a tall green bar, is "Figuring out how to explain the project to others as clearly and consistently as possible". The less useful option, indicated by a short yellow bar, is "Everything else".