Here is a diagram I've been using the whole week as the index page of my processes to record bass takes. It's like a 20,000 feet view of the whole input-output thing, and helps me a lot in getting into the work in process quick.
I offer it without further commentary, just as possible inspiration for other musicians to create their own visual guides that help them deal with the 9 headed hydra. Like the saying goes, if you're not visual you're not lean.
Also, by the time you read these lines my process will probably be different already so why bother... take the inspiration and apply what is worth to your own particular problems.
I have a guitar and I'm gonna use it