As I post-processed my photos, I found myself drawn to my old ways of simply opening a plug-in and clicking a button. Although I am sure there is a place for Nik Silver Efex or Alien Skin Exposure, I find that my workflow then gets overly simplified, while the file sizes get enormous from a duplicate raw file created during the conversion process.
My current workflow predominantly takes place in Adobe Lightroom, where I adjust curves and a number sliders mainly with regards to contrast, brightness, sharpness, and noise reduction where necessary. Some photos require more time than others, but doing so potentially decreases the possibility of low-quality photos from being exported without a second thought.
There is still much to learn when it comes to post-processing and photography in general. In theory, I understand what is involved, but in practice, each frame requires time and dedication to make a good photograph. Most importantly, excessive post-processing will not make a horrible photograph to turn into a work of art. Therefore, I must pay attention to not only post-processing aspect of photography, but the practice of capturing an image.