The more photos I process, the more I appreciate presets in all my programs. I have come to the point where I have created, or will create presets for most of the processing functions I do. Not only does this speed up the developing process for my photography, but it works as a reminder of things I have tried in the past.
Many times, if I have an idea, I look through my presets to see what I have done in the past. I then will choose one of my existing presets, and if need be, I will tweek it to fit my vision for the photo. I, of course, will save the tweek as a new (or altered), preset for future use.
I don't know how many times in the past I did the same moves over and over again, thinking that each picture was different somehow, and that I needed to start from scratch when processing it. I soon realized that 95% of the photos I work on are somewhat similar to those I have done in the past. Creating sets of presets in programs like Lightroom, Photoshop and all the plugin programs I use, like OnOne, Topaz, Silver Efex Pro, etc. help to speed up my work, and give me a broader range of ideas to review while working on a photo.
If you have not created your own presets while working on your photos, I recommend that you start now. For how to create a preset, choose your help file for the program you are working in and type in 'presets'.
Have a great photographic day!... Dan