10 Things to Keep In a Logbook

Logbook UsesLogbooks are a great place to capture information related to your business. There is a ton of value in recording your progress–especially when your whole team is doing it.

Regular logbook entries amount to a lot of valuable data that can be used later on to:

  • make important decisions
  • onboard new employees
  • tell your company’s story.

But many people wonder what exactly they should record in their logbook. While there are no are rules about what you can and can not include, sometimes it’s nice to have a few ideas to get you started!

Here are 10 things to include in your logbook:

1. Goals

Setting and achieving goals is an important part of business success. A logbook is a great way to solidify your goals them by writing them down. You’ll be able to refer back to them often, and if you share your logbook with anyone else, they can keep you accountable!

2. Research

Research and any other important information you come across can be stashed in your logbook until it’s time to use it. You can even include links and upload images. You’ll get feedback from other members about the data and they’ll be able to use it too.

3. Ideas

How many times do you forget a great idea? Next time you get a wave of inspiration, jot it down in your logbook. Logbooks are a great place to collect ideas. Flesh out each idea with your team and see how it fits into what everyone else is working on.

4. Challenges

When you’re struggling with a project the worst thing you can do is keep it to yourself. The process of writing it down your challenges will help you work through them, and your team members will likely help you discover a solution.

5. Achievements

Don’t just share the bad times, share the good times too. What have you accomplished? Whether it’s a huge win or something as small as ploughing through your inbox, write it down. You’ll appreciate the win more and so will everyone else!

6. Lessons Learned

We’ve all learned really important lessons along the way. Wouldn’t it be great if sometimes someone else learned them for us? Sharing your mistakes with your team accelerates the whole group’s performance because everyone doesn’t have to make the same mistakes. Plus it doesn’t hurt to see a reminder of what NOT to do every once in a while either.

7. Best Practices

Your past experience has no doubt lead to important discoveries about what works and what does not. It’s important to document these best practices someplace everyone can access them. Collect these in your logbook so your whole team can use them.

8. Updates

Use your logbook to keep in touch with the rest of your team. Check in often with a generally summary of what you’re up to and how things are going. These updates from the rest of the team will give you a better idea of the big picture progression.

9. Frustrations

Sometimes you just need to vent. Rather than bombarding someone in the hallway, go to your logbook instead. Your team can help you get through it, and as you write, you’ll probably calm down anyway.

10. Conversations

Logbooks can be kept by one person but they really come to life when there are multiple members. Don’t just post and leave. Engage with the other members and have conversations about their entries as well as your own. The more you work together, the more you’ll accomplish.

By the way, if you haven’t started a logbook yet, you really should.

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