According to Five Minutes in the Morning, the chefs in professional kitchens will make sure their stations are prepared before their shifts start so they have everything in one place and don’t waste time running back and forth.
This way, they have more time to berate their subordinates. And cook, presumably.
While the things we do in our daily life may change from day to day, we can still benefit from the idea of combining tasks together in the most useful way.
Today, spend five minutes writing down what you have to do today and come up with some ideas of how you can stack your tasks in the most effective and efficient way possible.
And there’s no need to rage at yourself if you can’t figure it out. Leave the rage to the British chefs.
Here’s what I wrote:
I will drop my things @ my desk, turn on my PC, grab my cups & hang up my jacket & then go to the kitchen. I’ll make my tea & go to the bathroom – if needed. Then, I’ll come back, read thru any emails & messages, write my Lesson for the day & then jump into it.
What other tasks need to be stacked?
I can start looking up resources for callers any time they start to ramble, or once I get the basic gist of what’s going on. I don’t want to be too eager – if they mention being unemployed I can look up job placement right @ the start.
What about in the evening?
Make it so I’m done with electronics by 7 – my insta post should be the last digital thing I do.
What tasks can you stack today?
Don’t worry if you don’t get it right today. There’s always tomorrow, and tomorrow.