Everyone has their own way of deciding which task on their to-do list to start with. Some do the most fun thing first or things they have already done. Productivity site A Year of Productivity suggests starting with the one that will yield the best result.
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The site suggests this is in keeping with the 80/20 rule. Namely that 20 per cent of your actions are going to be responsible for 80 per cent of the benefits. So, why not start there? Begin with the task that's the most beneficial to you (or your employer):
There are just a few tasks in every area of your life (like your mind, body, emotions, relationships, career, finances, and fun) that contribute most of the value in each area. For example, there are likely just a few activities in your work through which you contribute 80 — 90% of your value to whomever you work for.
One of the best ways to accomplish more is to identify and then work on the highest-leverage tasks in each area of your life, because these are the activities that give you the greatest return for your time, energy, and attention.
It may not always be the most fun task, but by starting with the one that's going to yield the best result, you can see a better return on your time investment, which is always good for motivation.
The top 10 lessons I learned from A Year of Productivity [A Year of Productivity via Rockstar Finance]