I recently came across a blog post which advocates maintaining text files while you work, to journal what you are doing, what you are thinking, decisions you are making and so on.
I’ve been trying this approach for a couple of weeks now and have already started to see the benefits, including:
- Looking back to a recent entry to obtain a useful SQL query (i.e. not having to recreate it, nor worry about the best place to store it in case I need it again)
- Thinking clearly about a problem by getting it out of my head and onto my screen
Have a read, and give it a try!