The maintenance log

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I am 3M’s greatest friend. The sticky note is my constant companion, and behind my desk is a wall of to-do items, reminders and last-minute information that I jot down on a piece of paper, stick it to the wall, and when the task is completed I simply pull it down.

But like most self-developed systems, it has its faults. When it gets hot, the notes tend to find their way to the floor – out of sight, out of mind.

Having that occur more than once last week, I’ve made a change to my system. I have christened a small three-ring binder in which I will keep my list handy, and everything I need is in one place. It’s my own personal, and business, maintenance log.

For me, having a task list is critical, and helps with my workflow. I see what needs to be done, and what has been done, before moving on to the next task. I know there are those folks with excellent memories who remember every single thing to do during the day…and I am not one of them.

Tractor maintenance logs can be the same. Yes, you changed the oil, but exactly when? Was it before planting, or two weeks in when you had rain interrupt the work? Those pieces of information can be crucial to ensure maintenance is done on time, and on schedule. And the only way the system works is if it is written down, in one place.

And I don’t mean putting sticky notes on the hood.

So what does your maintenance log look like? A binder? A notebook? A stack of loose papers? How many of you have graduated to putting your maintenance logs on the computer?