Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. - Blaise Pascal
English Translation: I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.
I am bad at keeping my communication short and efficient. I even had to preface this workplace question with a silly quote, and then I had to write this unnecessary sentence explaining it.
It's easiest for me to just dump all my thoughts on a topic into an email, or into a bug tracking tool (I'm an engineer, as I'm sure many are on this site), but this serves me poorly in two ways:
- People don't like to read my emails carefully as they are too long and take a lot of time.
- I end up not wanting to write down everything in my head because it takes too long, and then documentation / correspondence is often not well communicated with my leadership.
Perhaps this is just a skill that requires more practice? More specifically, here is my question for the Workplace community:
How can I communicate effectively and efficiently - both with time and with length of communication - with my leadership and my teammates?
I intentionally do not want to edit this post too much, there's plenty of fluff here, including this disclaimer, to illustrate the point.