One thing I've found helps minimally is your needle orientation. Lemme try to 'splain....
You have the needle you've just finished with, and the needle you're about to start working on (left hand needle), then you have the empty needle you're going to put the worked stitches on (we'll call it the right hand needle for now).
I make sure that the left hand needle sits above the needle I've just finished with. Then, if I notice I've got extra space between the old needle and the left needle, I start the new stitches with the right hand needle above the old needle.
It messes up the orientation the next time you come to that needle (as in, both ends of the needle are not on top of the respective needles on their ends), but it's not a big deal to rotate them.
God I hope this makes sense.....
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...I can't have too many projects, I still have empty needles...