I am currently in a Research Methodologies class for my MFA at SAIC. In this class, I was recently assigned the act of creating an index:
"...imagine that your practice is an open book. What might the index to your practice include? You can list materials, themes, important artist and artwork references, colors, pop cultural and historical references, mentors, colleagues, objects of fascination, places and locations of interest, theoretical movements, social movements, and ideas."
I found the process of making the index to be somewhat addictive (I exceeded the quantity requirement ten-fold). Aside from the potential of connecting some dots that I hadn't before, making the index showed me that my number one asset as a thinker/writer/maker is the company of good people.
The indexing project is somewhat inspired by the work of Alejandro Cesarco.