One simple habit that makes me better at what I do

I'm Baz and I'm really really good at what I do. Which is saving time and money for small businesses by figuring out ways to do things electronically.

As I say, I'm really really good at it.

Some of this might be natural talent (although I doubt it, I'm no smarter than anyone else).

Some of this is hard-work (I'm pretty much self-taught in computing).

Some of this is a habit I picked up years ago that everyone should be doing.

Every week, I open Apple Notes and create a new document. Of course, it doesn't have to be Apple Notes - it can be a text file, Evernote, a physical notebook - whatever you are comfortable with.

I then write out today's date and I just scribble things down as I'm doing them. Nothing very precise. "Spent about an hour working with client X on Y", "Annoyed because so and so didn't respond to my email", "Got ten things to do this afternoon, including X - never going to get it all done".

For the most part, the notes are just the ramblings of a madman. I rarely go back and look at them beyond that particular week. But as the week goes on, the important stuff keeps coming back to me. And at the end of the week, I can look at the last five days and get a sense of what I've actually achieved.

It's a little thing, but I feel it makes a huge huge difference.

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England