The working yarn will always be on the right needle. That's the best way I know of to be sure you have it going the right way. Having a marker of some sort on the front is helpful also. A coiless pin or piece of yarn in a contrasting color that is easy to see works.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper