I have maybe 50 xrns song sketches. And maybe 100 or so short audio recordings of brief guitar or bass riffings.
Every so often I go through the audio files and make notes. 95% of the time the riff or chord sequence that sounded so awesome in my head fails to translate when recorded and then listened back some time later. But even a small return on the effort is worth it.
If I can get something catchy and engaging once out of every 20 times that's a win.
Often these better riffs and ideas get turned into xrns files, where I'll fill out the arrangement. Some of these xrns files are little more than a sequence of 10 or 15 different bass riffs with some simple percussion backing.
Most are not going to get anywhere. But I've gone back to some xrns files and been pleasantly surprised. Fresh ears can do wonders.
I've gotten better at pushing through and finishing pieces and releasing them to Bandcamp, etc. I'm now more aligned with generating more output of possibly less-than-stellar quality instead of trying to perfect each track before it goes out, (I still have to really like something before I release it but I don't fret over small details that in all likelihood only I will notice.)
I try to focus on whatever handful of tracks that still excite me even after some time has passed rather than dwelling over what I could do to fix up all the others than maybe don't hold up as well.
Working, releasing, and moving on is a great liberator and, for me, a good way to improve my output.
I would love to have a way to create a playlist of xrns files so that I could periodically grab all those in-progress works and listen to them. The next alternative might be to make a point of always rendering xrns files so that there's always a recent wav or mp3 version I can grab to see if something grabs me.
Having 2K+ files, though, would be quite the challenge : )