Mise en Place

organized-paper-clips-revisedI love being organized.  It’s a sickness, really.

There’s something about knowing where to find things when I need them that keeps me sane.  My label maker is my friend, and also a great source of jokes for my family.  One day they “borrowed” it and labeled everything from the floor to the ceiling.  Ha. Ha.

In the culinary world, there is a phrase Mise en Place (MEEZ ahn plahs)  which means “putting in place”.  In other words, be prepared, be organized, be ready.  In a chef’s kitchen, order is king.  When a restaurant is successful – it gets busy, when it gets busy – every second counts in order to create a positive experience for the guests.

I think this phrase should apply to all areas of life.  Mise en Place – keep your life well ordered.

Somedays, it’s easy to feel like you’re being pulled in a hundred directions.  Sometimes this causes a frenzied hopping from one task to another without completing any.  Your brain is built to complete tasks in an orderly fashion.  When you overload it with worry and haste and chaos, it short circuits a bit.

When you find yourself in the midst of this kind of day, sit down for a few moments.  Take a deep breath…now take another.  Close your eyes.  Calm yourself.

My best friend in the middle of frenzy is a list.  The satisfaction of crossing tasks off, one by one, is more rewarding to me than chocolate. Strange, I know, but true.  Connect your daily dots in order and when it’s time to sleep at night, your brain will know it has done it’s job and it will be able to rest.

Voila!

 

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