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To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson


Saturday, June 15, 1996

Working harder makes work easier

What? That seems like a contradiction. It’s not.

Do the hard work first. Go ahead and get it out of the way in the beginning. When you do that, it makes everything that comes after it much easier. For one thing, if you do the hard work first, you don’t have it “hanging over your head” all the time. You don’t have to spend time and effort worrying about it because it’s already done!

Even more importantly, doing the hard work first almost always gives you a solid foundation and preparation that makes everything else flow much more smoothly. When you work hard now, you’ll work less later. And you’ll be more effective, too.

Generally, the hardest part of any project is also the most critical. When you do the hard part first, you’re less likely to run into a time crunch at the end. After all, when the critical part is already done, the other stuff can slip if it has to.

You’re going to have to do the hard part sooner or later. So you might as well do it sooner, get it over with, and start reaping the benefits from it right away.

— Ralph Marston

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