I don't pretend to be an expert here but this is what I do.
I devote each printing session either to work prints or to final prints - I never mix the two.
Like others here, I 'live with' my work prints for some days and try to view them in different lights.
When I am happy with a work print (or not) and have decided what dodging or burning I am going to do, I go back into the darkroom and put the work print into a tray of water next to the fixer tray. I then make new test strips and compare them side by side to the work print - ie both wet and both under the same light. I can then figure out how to expose the final print.