I read some of the replies and it conjured up a mental image of two hunter-gather ancestors crouching in a cave. One is making marks on a bit of dried animal skin with a flinthead and ochre. The other sips a drinking horn of mead as he contemplates the universe and says, "I don’t why you bother writing things down. That animal skin will decay or get lost, and anyway future generations will not understand what you are writing. It is much better to pass information on verbally. You can mix it up with tales of demons and Gods to make it more memorable. That’s got to be much more effective and longer lived than scribbling on a bit of skin."
Back in 1984 I built a personal observation recording database using the ‘Archive’ database on my brand-new Sinclair QL micro bought with my first pay check. The data has migrated through various platforms and redesigns over the decades and currently sits in a custom-built MS-Access db with all the forms, queries, reports, imports and exports I need, and linked to QGIS for mapping. If I need another field, form, query, or report then it takes a few minutes to add. It does precisely what I want it to do and pulls information from other online systems as I need it. It was a substantial commitment to get the various incarnations of database tools to do what I want, but the incentive was there. In retrospect acquiring that skillset was immensely valuable.