It is worth automating the procedures you will do a lot. For example, pulling out data for analysis from output files, data analysis procedure.
It is worth learning the tool for a period of dedicated time. Otherwise, it would waste a lot time googling and you don’t even know some very useful knowledge/tricks to do some basic things. The basic skills you know may make you creative when using the tools.
Ask people, discuss with people. It tides up your mind, gives you new ideas. Never ignore those things seems trivial. They might be very scary when you rethink them as you write the final report. The whole project can be worthless and you could have avoid it by sending an email to ask somebody.
Never believe you can finish all the jobs in one day. Things change. People make mistakes. Machines crash. Meetings.. Car breaks.. JUST PLAN IT WELL. Give yourself spare time.
Never sleep without a plan for the next day.
Keep clear log of what you have done every day. It is a MUST DO. Since you may forget what you have done and had a conclusion. Sometimes you can’t believe some conclusions you made are true. You need to check what you’ve done and your proof. Writing log everyday is also helpful when you write the report/paper. The log needs to be well structured.
Keep notes for things you learn. My R notes helped a lot.