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The first task choosing infographic shows you the difference between starting with the easier task and starting with the hardest one. And as you can see, the first task has a crucial impact on your motivation and, therefore, your ability to reach deep work.
If you start with the easiest task first (ETF), you will complete it without problems, but it won't give you enough boost for the following ones. The remaining energy after each task will be higher, but the increasing difficulty will make it drop faster. So you risk not finishing the other activities.
If you start with the hardest task first (HTF), the boost from its completion will also be more powerful. The satisfaction will overtake tiredness, and you will continue working on the other activities with less effort.
Both techniques have their pros and cons, and it is crucial to choose your favorite before dealing with project management and project planning. If you pick ETF, it is possible to build flow without effort, but it will be harder to keep it. On the contrary, if you choose HTF, it will be easier to keep the flow but harder to build.
If you want to know more about project management, read the correlated article on deep work and flow. You can find multiple techniques that teach you the mastery of both deep work and flow. And you can use them to schedule your projects better and increase your productivity.
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