This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Logging work on issues
I would say that 90% of the times you are logging work you just finished. If the field was set to end date you wouldn't have to make any change to log your work.
I love this suggestion of improvement, and I completely agree it would be very useful, as that's how we also use it.
I would suggest you to create a feature request here and update this question with a link to it, so that I can vote for it.
I have multiple projects that use variations of the same base workflow. The variations depend on the requirements of the project or issue type. The variations mostly come in the form of new statuses ...
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