Documentation and tracking of research are known as the "journaling" process.
This process is, among many other reasons, important for keeping track of the progress, being able to reproduce the previously gained insights, or share the work with colleagues and research fellow.
The challenge going along with that is creating an effortless, accurate, and efficient process/environment that supports every scientist/researcher in this journaling task.
Unfortunately, the current environment is not as good as it could be. It is a highly analog and paper-based process that brings a high level of bureaucracy and effort.