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The only thing I’ve started doing recently that seems to make completion much faster is I go through the BOM and make a list by value

So starting with resistors as Barry does I
list each amount by value greatest to least eg 10 x 10K, 6 x 1K, 3 x 22K and so on

Making a list like this

10K – R2, 3, 7, 9, 12, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26

Then I populate the greatest amounts first

This isn’t a new idea some BOMs are listed like this already but I found populating 4 of the same value at a time I got through my builds a lot quicker and it drove me on seeing 10 resistors soldered on quickly and as you go down the list it spurs you on when you see you’ve only got 3 x 2K2, 2 x 470K and a 100R to go