Neat trick, Zarnick!
Since I put a lot of resources into early research, I do not make a new colony ship for several turns. That leaves me with only the one you start with and the converted miner. I generally send the flagship in one direction and the colony ships in two others. If the flagship finds a high PQ one that I cannot pass up, I shift production gears then. Similarly, if a gree resource is spotted, I shift to building a constructor.
I covet early green resources so much that I have sometimes sacrificed one of the early colony ships by converting it into a constructor at the resource location.