This came up in Larry's twins post and I didn't want to hijack his thread. The point was made that taking notes along the way could go a long way to helping get the project done as planned. Life intervenes and things get postponed and the memory ain't what it used to be.
It has also been noted that taking pictures during dis-assembly helps a bunch when reassembling.
So I got to thinking about that fancy dancy smartphone I lug around. Takes great pictures and I could write notes on it but that keyboard is not for fat fingered people.
Could I record notes?
Yes! Hot ziggity! Old new toy! This will be especially handy when making a shopping list and not just for the shop!
For the record, it is an iPhone with Siri. Click on new note, then click on the microphone at the bottom of the screen and yak away. How cool is that? Maybe you have a similar feature on your phone. Check it out. Beats finding paper and pencil with dirty hands.
Seriously, I do start a 3 ring binder when beginning a project. Helps keep track of decisions made, materials needed and acquired, and progress notes along with caveats, as in 'don't forget' and recipes for finishes, etc. The phone won't replace that, but it will allow me to keep a digital copy after transferring to my computer. Then all goes in one folder; SU drawings, bill of materials, sources and costs, changes (with dates) (signed if for a customer), contracts, payments, etc. This has saved more than my bacon working a project. It has saved me money. Less waste, less duplication of supplies, fewer trips to suppliers, not to mention clarity with what I am doing, especially now that most of my time is taken up with other activities and woodworking has become a sometime thing.
Now if I could just find all my tools.