I did the "burn an inch" thing for many years (on critical stuff) but now I try not to. I now try to burn 10"...
10" keeps it simple but is far enough away from zero so that you are less likely to forget the inch. If you are cutting a piece 25" long and forget the inch you might not notice but if you are 10" short you will probably notice a 10" inch shortage...
I forget where I read about that.
I carry a smallish 10' steel tape at all times including weddings and funerals etc.
99.9% of the time a steel tape measured from the end hook is "close enough" for what I measure. I do have a couple of good "steel scales" for close work. Some stuff I measure requires even less accuracy than that (Think farming stuff). I keep a couple of sight levels, a transit, a surveyors "chain" tape and a large measuring wheel but if I'm fencing a temporary horse lot I might lay it out by saying "OK, from here (kicking my heel into the dirt) to over by that rock to just past that stump and then to that big weed over there"...
In the woodshop about the most relaxed I get measuring is that I have a batch of wooden yardsticks and keep some stationed at various spots around the shop. They are there mostly for things like grabbing a scrap piece and seeing if it is the right size to cut a needed part from or "will that scroll saw squeeze in this gap?"
I do have one other loose measuring device I use some. I have an 8' furring strip that I marked off in feet and I grab it to check space if I decide I want to rearrange any big stuff. It just helps me think a bit better.
In woodworking I always try to not measure when possible. I subscribe to the old adage "Never measure when you can superimpose"... If I need a batch of a piece I was always taught to make one and mark it as the pattern "pat" and use it to mark the rest. If I'm doing close work I usually grab a Sloyd Knife to mark with instead of a pen or pencil.https://bluesprucetoolworks.com/blogs/new-tools/who-was-sloyd-and-what-was-so-special-about-his-knife
None of these look anything like what I grew up calling a Sloyd knife but are very much like some of the knives used by shoemakers and leather crafters. I still have all of my many knives from that part of my life and do use them in the woodshop on ocassion.
I did not equip with Shopsmiths in spite of the setups but because of them.
1 1988 - Mark V 510 (bought new), 4 Poly vee 1 1/8th HP Mark V's, Mark VII, 1 Mark V Mini, 1 Frankensmith, 1 10-ER, 1 Mark V Push-me-Pull-me Drillpress, SS bandsaw, belt sander, jointer, jigsaw, shaper attach, mortising attach, TS-3650 Rigid tablesaw, RAS, 6" long bed jointer, Foley/Belsaw Planer/molder/ripsaw, 1" sander, oscillating spindle/belt sander, Scroll saw, Woodmizer sawmill