1.) key frame the key poses 1st. then the 2nd motions.
2.) try to keep the keyframes for the key movements of different relating joints on the same key frame. (Note down the key frame numbers).
3.) Only after the key poses are established, then work on the 2nd motion.
4.) little pauses in the animation. inbetween keyframes is good.
5.) What the character is thinking at each key pose.
6.) remember, there is follow through in animation. it is not one pose to the next, to the next.
What I tell myself everyday.
To all the people watching, I can never ever thank you enough for the kindness to me, I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask is one thing, and this is.. I'm asking this particularily of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism - for the record it's my least favorite quality, it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen." - Conan 'O'Brien