There's one pet peeve I have above all else in the studio, and any assistant can attest to it. Coiling cables around your elbow is wrong. Really really wrong. Of course I realize that it's how you were taught, I learned the same way. Until the day I was working with an audio engineer and nearly made him cry. You would've thought I set fire to his birthday cake and kicked him in the shins.That's why Chris Crisman and his studio manager Robert Luessen are my two new heroes. Over on Chris' blog there is a post about some often ignored benefits to something as simple as putting a cable away. While it doesn't delve into proper methods (youtube for those of you elbowing) I really enjoy the fact that they point out the reflective time that such a simple task can provide if you let it.
Enough of me talking, go read his post yourself!
I don't want to leave you hanging with the meditative aspect, so here's a quick video on one method.