The first time watching footage is sacred - you never repeat the first watch. And in my opinion, there is no greater position to hold in filmmaking than that of being the first audience of a film.
In the first watch, the emotional cut begins to sequence. I take note of all my emotions and reactions to moments I see unfolding on the screen. Then I translate and heighten those moments, emotions, and reactions to the audience. Simply put, it’s important to provide the second audience with a first watch experience but in a consolidated, pointed, and ideally more powerful way than that of raw takes or moments.
Love and respect your role as the first audience. The second audience will know if you do not.