As with any project having a place to set up steps or records of what you are going to do and have done is a basic need. You need to know what you are going to do and as you go along record what you have done so you can improve on your process or you can look back and find out what you did to improve on the process, use the process a starting point to change or add steps or even duplicate the process in the future.
Log books or forms are a good way to get started. I have developed a few Microsoft Word documents to help with the process to record what you have done. Please see the "Resources" page on my website for links to these documents.
I have not created an "Order of Operations" document as of yet, where you would set out the various steps or road map of your process to complete a project. This document was an important part of my Woodworking technician training in my College program. We had to develop a detailed plan of steps, in order, to complete our project. No project was allowed to be started until this plane was documented. A great idea if you are interested and a great review document to see how you could make changes as well as duplicating a project. I will work on this and add to my resources page when completed.
So to have plan is essential. To record what you have done is also essential. Starting without these steps and records may lead to many unwanted or repetitive mistakes. Take the time to make plans and record what you do. The benefits out weigh the costs
See you in the Workshop!