Trying to magically remember everything you do isn’t a productive way to go about documenting a procedure. You need a little science! An activity log will reveal the things you’ll forget.
Every time you perform a task, jot down the steps you take, along with:
- The time you spent on it—and how long it should take
- Exactly who you needed to work with, and their role
- Any unusual variables you encountered that changed the procedure
After a few weeks, you’ll have a firm idea of what needs to be fully documented, what you can afford to simply pass on verbally, and a logical order for your manual.