A lot of professional studios will use outboard gear... but what I'll say applies to plugins too. You could go in and look at their chain. They might be running a compressor into an EQ. There's a reason they've run the compressor in to the EQ, and not the EQ into the compressor. It's good you know what your plugins do, but keep practising and learn what effects they will have on other plugins that are on the chain, as well as what they do individually.
Example: Dave Pensado often talks about doing cuts in EQ, before compression and then boosts after compression. He cleans the audio up first. compresses. then basically uses the second EQ to pretty it up.
I wouldn't worry about spending too much time "making it sound good". After all, that's the name of the game really.
With all this said, I'm not sure it's worth doing a template, because every mix will demand different effects, and different orders in the chain.
A good thing to do could be to just set deadlines with your mixing. Otherwise you'll constantly find faults, and you'll never ever finish mixing that one track. I think most people who mix are perfectionists like that, myself included. Deadlines help.