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Every contractor should keep a logbook. Unlike other types of records, which accumulate haphazardly over time, a logbook is designed to hold routine entries. The key word here is "routine." It doesn't matter whether you make entries once a day or once a week; what's important is that you make an entry as a regular part of doing business. This kind of recordkeeping is not as time-consuming as it sounds. Remember, I'm not talking about something you're going to submit for a Pulitzer Prize, nor is your third-grade teacher going to grade you on neatness. You can write the notes by hand in a three-ring binder that you balance on your knee. Just make sure to date