Windows 10 has an interesting feature (might also exist in *nix, OSX) that allows you to tag files. It’s only available for certain file types by default but you can add more. So I added tagging to xrns file, and set the file explorer to show tags. Now I can put little notes with the song files. Makes it easier to know where I left off, or if there’s something promising but unfinished, etc., of if a track was made just to experiment on something (though that info typically is in the file name).
When working on an album I keep all the songs in a specific folder and maintain a notes.md text file.
Helps me track progress on songs, which ones are strong contenders to stay, which are likely to not measure up, if certain songs seem to sound too much like one another, and so on.
I find this most handy when I feel like it’s really time to get stuff ready for release, and then do some triage. I’ll wait on releasing if I think there’s a defined goal, but not if it just means fighting with a shapeless song.
And with digital-only releasing I can always add more tracks to an album after the official release : )
It’s a nice feeling when you look over your working notes and see, hey, I have six or seven tracks in good shape!