* Create a plan right away or you may drift. There is always something to do, e.g. improve the position of your worst piece. Appraise the position honestly. Avoid vagueness in assessment - don't say "maybe I'll get an attack on the Queen's-side", but "in three moves I can get my Knight to c5 and my rook to b1 to attack b7 - can my opponent defend in that time, or create a distraction?"
"Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast." -- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.