Katie,
My methods are nearly identical to yours, minus the rush. I used to rush, but I'm older (maybe a tad wiser?) now and I've realized that my time in the darkroom is sacred time. Not to be rushed, but relished. Some days are devoted only to processing film, others to making contact sheets, and some days are just for prints. While I may have an idea of which negs to print, I tend to let the darkroom gods lead me (unless I am printing for something quite specific like a bday gift).

I do have a couple of different projects that I add prints to as they are produced-- I, too, have an imaginary art gallery show to print for!