Following a specific sequence of steps can make your mix process more effective and help you focus on the creative aspects of mixing in general.
In this Production Concepts tutorial, Stephen Ellestad discusses a sample workflow for creating a basic static mix quickly and efficiently.
The goal of the basic static mix is to level and balance all the elements of the track in a way that allows you to hear everything as a whole and prepare for advanced mix techniques such as adding part and section automation and master buss processing.
Note that this tutorial is a example of the big picture workflow – there is no discussion of specific EQ or Compression techniques. Specific techniques and methods will be explored in upcoming tutorials and courses.