I waded through a text that I had been avoided and took all my notes on it.
I created a color coded literary/historical timeline to help me to visualize important date/events/publications in my literary period. (I really struggle with dates and need all of the help I can get.)
I've clarified and fine-tuned my existing notes thus far.
I've started going through my next text ... but I think I'm going to break for lunch.
I must say that Luminotes has really made this process a helluva lot easier. It's such a great note-taking program that can be used for anything. I just happen to employ it for use in diss research, but I know people who use it for brainstorming their poetry and novels as well as organizing recipes and other creative tasks. It's pretty fantastic. And, the best part is, it's free!