I like to work from inside to outside, finishing as much as possible on the deck. The black standing rigging is next as these lines will stabilize the masts and bowsprits.
I find it best to not tie off these lines until later. Shrouds, ratlines, and all bowsprit work should be completed. Waxing these lines will make everything easier.
I use nail clippers, sharpened toothpicks, longer fingernails and a touch of super glue. All combined, they help the task at hand.