For early game settling focus you typically follow a cycle that does most of the task in a way that gives you res back for the building/task. After these try to focus more on cp and go crannies etc, if you want fast settles the limitation is usually cp.
For rest of the game focus on simming cap primarly and throw parties etc to settle more vills for more fields, but remember that its easier to go more ress heavy than cp in the early game. Cp is harder to make worth if you dont balance it well.
More ress=more cp later