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Time Management for the Work-a-Holic and Cook, Alike

Any of those around? I can’t possibly be the only one.

So.

Here’s what’s been working for me, lately: I’ve been making a list of 5 things to accomplish each day. Some days, no matter what I intend, life gets in the way and I don’t get then all done. But most days? Most days I get to check off all 5 to-dos and maybe even a couple of add-ons.

For instance, one day this past week I listed ‘Letter and layout 3 pages of Chapter 4’ as one of my 5. And even though I really wanted to collage something for my business plan, I did those 3 pages first and still got play. Good all the way around. And I want to be halfway through the prep-work on Chapter 4 before the next update.

Oh, and it turns out that writing this script longhand means I have yet to over-do the dialog and action per page. Bonus!

The other side of time management comes when you’re actually IN the kitchen.

For instance, a couple weeks ago I put something on the menu for a Wednesday night supper and, wow, was it not suited for a simple weeknight dinner. It was delicious, sure, and the fact that Todd ended up working late certainly helped me to not feel rushed but it wasn’t a good option for the time allotted.

And it really doesn’t matter if it’s a big meal or a snack, in the kitchen everything takes a certain amount of time. You can maximize efficiency (and minimize your time) if you plan out what you’ve got to do before you start.

  1. Do you need chopped vegetables and meats? Save yourself some clean-up time by doing all the vegetables first (yes, all of them) before letting raw meat touch your cutting board OR your knife. (Plus it prevent cross-contamination.)
  2. Does water need to boil for pasta, vegetables or soup? Start that when you’re 1o minutes away from needing it but while you’re still working on other things.
  3. Does your recipe need to simmer for a given period of time? Use that time to start a side dish or clean up your prep supplies.

After all, the less time you spend in the kitchen, the more time you have for everything else. While still enjoying the benefit of home-cooked meals, of course 😉

Until next time…

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