Can I routinely log the packages I install of my own choice?

I backup my personal files regularly, but I don't feel the need to do it for the entire system. However, it would be useful to have a log of the packages I have installed when I restore my system. Is such a thing possible?

You can goto Software Center -> Installed

or in Terminal ->
apt list --installed

will show you what is installed on your system. Any with the [Automatic] are distro/system packages usually. just copy to a spreadsheet, filter those out and you should have a list of things installed by you this will also include dependencies for apps so you will see some things you might not recognize.

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In making backups, I use the command:

sudo dpkg -l | awk '/^ii/ { print $2 }' >package-list

to create a list in a .txt file directly in the home folder.

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It was a good learning experience. Thanks.