1. Design from the inside out
I read this post before and i will use the first point in the next design of imageafter. If you start at the header the content area comes almost as an afterthough at the end. Since it's the most important part of any site you should focus your first fresh creative energy at that part.
I tend to spend most energy in the part i start in, nasty habbit. Thats why when it's time to clean the house i start at different parts every time to ensure that in the long run every part gets even attention