In answer to question 2:
Basically, put everything in- brainstorms about characters, articles you've annotated, snatches of writing, good quotes, what you accomplished for EE2 that day, explanations of ideas, what you like and don't like about your ideas...anything.
Focus on the 3 aspects individually:
1. Researching your form (short story, poetry...etc)
2. Researching your concept (for me: suffering, ageing and imagination)
3. Writing your piece
After each session, or during, write all your actions down.
I am still struggling with this, because I tend to keep everything in my head, and not write anything down. However, being forced to write it down has been great, because I can look back over everything and remember little ideas which can spur on creativity.