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There is a difference between important tasks and necessary tasks. In your question, you actually say the right thing: it'll be necessary to do another task in preparation If you cannot get to A without doing B, C, D and E, then you either find another route, or do them all. If D, for example, is important, but you don't need it done in its entirety, ...


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The situation you're in is called yak shaving. Within the realm of software design, it's often clear that no alternative exists to a particular A-B-C-D-E chain. You must do E. No choice. But in the wider world, you can often find other chains that lead to achieving A. A guideline: the more content you are to be puttering along on E, achieving E ...


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Well, I think we might need to establish if you need to do one of those things to even start another or if you need to do one of them to only do part of another. I also think the answer will definitely depend on what kind of project you're doing. Personally, I think you might have to either focus on only one aspect until you realize you really really need ...



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