Whatever your job is, documenting what you are doing will probably be helpful in the future. Especially if you are trying to build up your portfolio. Here’s my personal approach.
- Document important tasks by taking screenshots or recording your screen. Windows 7 and 8 users can use the free built in Snipping Tool for screenshots and the free CamStudio for recording the screen.
- Save it to a Dropbox folder. If you want to also save your work to your computer’s hard drive. hard drive crash, laptop gets stolen, you’re not able to log in to your account, you get laid off without notice
- Name your files something describing the situation or problem. Maybe there’s an HTML and CSS positioning bug messing up your layout, or the stack trace in your debugging program points to a certain line of code. If I know I’m creating a series of screenshots or recordings, sometimes I’m lazy and order them 1 2 3 4. I discourage this because there might be other images named that.
- To see them in chrono order, just use the modified by field
- Add it to your online portfolio, especially if you’re new in your career.