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Mise En Place Can Help You with Managing Your Time

Have you ever watched a cooking show on television? The chefs are usually very organized – they have everything in its proper place and easy to find, the tools are right within reach, every ingredient is chopped and measured and ready to be added to the dish when needed. Chefs have a term for this preparation and organization, it’s called “mise en place [mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]” and it is a French phrase which means to “put in place.”

Mise en place is a concept that can be taken out of the kitchen and applied to studying, homework, or just about any activity, and can be a big help with managing your time. The concept is simple, before you really dig into studying, homework, or whatever, take a few minutes to figure out everything you will need: pens, paper, highlighters, a comfortable chair, etc. Prepare your workstation so you can complete your tasks without having to stop for any reason, such as to get a dictionary or some other items that you are going to need.

Remember, mise en place can help you with managing your time, but not if you use it to procrastinate. Do not spend too much time trying to get organized and then find that you have wasted all the time you’ve been trying to save by being organized. Also, remember that you don’t have to be perfect; there will most likely be times where you will forget something and have to stop what you are doing, but with practice those interruptions will be fewer and you will have more time to devote to reaching your goals.

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