This article summarizes the most important steps to incorporate into your digital photo editing workflow (aka "post-processing workflow"). It isn't necessarily a procedure that you'll want to implement with all of your photos, but whenever you want to get that "keeper" looking just right, these steps can make all the difference.
Great link. I sent it on to someone asking my advice as to how to edit and what steps to take when doing so and why. I also printed it for myself. While I do many of the things suggested, I might also try some that I don't when appropriate.