If you don't communicate with staff at reasonable intervals they soon feel left out. This demotivates them, their focus wobbles, they start to gossip, have time to grow two heads, and so on.
Efficient project managers often find it useful to circulate notes of what is going on and indicate the progress achieved each week. Even if you are working on your own, write yourself a short progress log regularly. You will then be able to look back and draw (sometimes surprising) lessons from your progress. If it's good enough for James T. Kirk . . .
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