Sometimes I would re-create a document I had made for the client or wish I did since it made sense (to me atleast); but they were not interested at that time. I try to be as impartial as possible- almost as if I was a fly on the wall, watching all these on goings and writing from the perspective of a "wise consultant". Initially ofcourse, I needed to refer to industry documents on best practices etc. but as I started growing in my career, I also started having my own reference base! It has proven priceless- time and time again.
All these learning, these valuable tidbits of information over time have created a huge content bank for me. It seems like for all main types of process, all key project methodology templates or even Continuous Improvement questionnaire sheets- you name it and I probably have something that I can easily modify and provide to a client.
This allows me to provide an extra value add to my clients. If someone had to create these documents or templates from scratch then it would take them several hours to generate it and for me it is simply a matter of tweaking a few things, customizing it to the client and viola- their scenario-specific document is done. It cuts down documentation time by almost half!
Starting today, give this a try. You will thank me and be very happy for having taken this extra time at the end of each day to recapitulate about your work life, strategize for the next day and create a memoir that you can read over the years- feeling glad for having had the grit and determination to survive those challenging clients and probably even more glad and grateful for those awesome ones who helped you to learn and grow- professionally and personally...