Today’s episode wraps up Allison Schaaf’s miniseries on efficiency. Today’s tips can be applied to meal prep, but they’re also applicable beyond cooking.
1. Have a Plan
It’s always worth it to take a moment and think about a task before you begin. You may even want to do a short meditation, or at least gather your thoughts, before beginning a project or work session.
Determine the most important thing you want to accomplish. Start with that #1 thing. This is specifically true for work, but it can absolutely apply to home tasks as well. That way, even if you don’t get everything done, you will have completed that most important task.
2. Set a Time Constraint
You may want to try the Pomodoro Method. Set a timer for 25 minutes before taking a few minutes for a break and repeating the cycle.
Time constraints can help you focus and work as efficiently as you can.
3. Strategic Placement of Things
Sometimes having an extra item where you need it is worth it for efficiency gains. For example, I used to always go to the kitchen every time I wanted tea while I was working, but would frequently get caught up in other things that were going on in the house. Now I have an extra hot water kettle in my office and it’s so much more efficient!
Bonus: Avoid multitasking whenever possible! Doing one thing at a time makes for a calmer, more enjoyable life. Plus, multitasking is not usually actually more efficient!
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