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A recent article from National Public Radio about food preparation is motivation for this post. It discuses the relationship between food preparation and organizing your life and how best to do it.
French chefs are among the most respected chefs in the world. They have the discipline and are masters of organization as well as production. This character is contained in a simple phrase, “Mise-en-place”, meaning to “put in place” in French. It describes the art and tradition of gathering and arranging all the cooking tools and ingredients needed for cooking. It is a step that saves time, ensuring a meal is served on time and execution is top notch. But even the best ingredients are meaningless if you do not pay mind to HOW you use these fine ingredients. Just as mixing ratatouille ingredients with those of and Chocolate souffle would be just awful.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try, so here we go:

Make goals
Much like a chef gather’s all the cooking tools and ingredients beforehand, your goals are what you put in place to improve your life. Now these goals do not have to be grand, start small and stick to it. Each success reinforces what you want to achieve. You are preparing your ‘life-meal’ and you want it to look and taste good. With your mise-en-place and you working hand in hand, you have a better understanding of yourself. You and the list are inseparable because you are one it. Don't get distracted when you don't succeed, nobody wins the jackpot all the time.

Identify something you’ve been tolerating
Often times we let things fester and then they eat us up from the inside out. Seriously. Think about this. It could be something at home, at work, with friends or even with yourself that’s just chipping away at you. It could be that really bright light from your alarm clock that keeps you up, the drip, drip,drip of a leaky faucet. Big or small, why settle for things that are not worthwhile?

Organize your house
Your mind is your house and just like a messy room it may take time but it can be 'tidied up'. Dealing with a stressful situation is emotionally draining so ask for help when you need to. Ask for support from family and friends or a counselor. It’s not a show of weakness. In fact, it’s a strength because it's unrealistic to think that anyone can stand on their own. Sometimes it takes teamwork to accomplish goals.

Budget's are generally about finances, but you can also budget your life. Think of it as project management for your personal life. Your budget should include frequent allocation of you time. As a parent or caregiver you have so many responsibilities like caring for the kids, relationships, community involvement etc. But we often forget or don’t schedule a time for ourselves to relax and recharge. It is important that we do this because it allows you recharge. This way you are refreshed and ready to tackle your lengthy list of to-do's.

The takeaway
Putting things in place centers your life, letting you guides your mind to a place of zen where can prepare a meal. The meal of your life. Each day, organize your time to allow for a chance to recharge yourself. At times you may not succeed and that’s okay, you have a team of loved ones that are in this with you.

Read more on mise-in-place here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/11/338850091/for-a-more-ordered-life-organize-like-a-chef


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Wow! I've heard this before, but the way you present it is so meaningful! Thank you so much for the time you take to share valuable information! You truly have a gift of expressing ideas in a positive way!

Mar 01, 2015 - 5:50 PM by MARIE C

Thanks so much Carrie, your words are kind and encouraging! I am glad your gleamed something positive from my post. Hope you have an awesome week! Best.

Mar 02, 2015 - 10:13 AM by Musole K

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