I tend to be a somewhat impatient researcher. I always want to find the next link, get one generation further back. I probably developed this habit because when I started my family tree, it was for a school project, and all that mattered were the basic names and dates. The unfortunate result is a very disorganised pile of notes and charts, in which lots of details are missing, and it's hard to tell which ones.
So, my first task will be to get my research organised enough that I can easily see which data I'm missing, and add new information as I find it.
The main tool I'm using is the family group sheet. That form, along with some other useful charts and forms, can be downloaded for free on the Ancestry.ca website. The family group sheet is handy because it collects all the basic information about a couple and their children in one place.
So far I've completed family group sheets for all of my direct ancestors on my maternal side. My paternal side will take a bit longer, but I think it will be worth it to finally have some kind of system.
Now I just need to figure out how to organize my papers once I've got them all filled out...