I would use the order listed in the recipe you're using. If you put in the water and the yeast together, it will start reacting right away. If it takes you a while to get the rest of the ingredients together, it might not work the way it should. I'm pretty good about getting all of my ingredients and tools out before I start, but not everyone is like me
A couple of tips:
- after it mixes for a few minutes, check to make sure it's got enough water or flour. Depending on the humidity, you may need to add a bit of one or the other to get everything incorporated. Just a tablespoon at a time till it comes together.
- if necessary, use a spatula to gently move extra flour from the corners to the dough ball. Once the dough ball comes together, you can leave a alone.