If you’re keen to reduce your rework, provide greater clarity and make your life easier in the future I’d recommend the following…
Start making notes. Lots of them. I make notes as I’m doing the work (I do this on my laptop, but handwritten notes would work too), when I’m done, I go back to my notes and review them to make sure that there’s nothing I’ve changed or missed, then turn them into a clear list of steps to follow for next time.
Create ‘How To’ guides… A recent example of this is a ‘How to’ guide I put together for adding blogs to our website. Before writing it all down, it was knowledge that only existed in my head. Each time I’d add a blog I’d be rattling off the checklist in my head, ‘Did I add the header image’, ‘Have I set the author’ etc.
Ask the question – If I left the business now, would someone else be able to do this consistently? Drawing out all of the information on adding blogs to our website and turning it into a step by step guide was a great feeling; not only to have the process written down but removing the single point of failure. Now anyone within the business can use this asset to add blogs to our website.