I attended a workshop with Richard Dansky, the founder of SEOmoz, last week. He had done a great job of breaking down all the steps in the process. Not surprisingly, I’ve been thinking about the same things. I’m still not 100% on all the steps, but I’m definitely getting better.
I am the type of person who will organize my entire home (including closets) based on what I need for vacation. Making sure that all vital supplies are in one place, even if it means putting them into a carry-on and checking out early from work so as not to miss any flights!