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Take 10 minutes to set your day

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Begin your day with a brief planning session, the way great chefs do.

So says Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, using an approach called mise-­en-place.

The “Meez,” as pros call it, translates into “everything in its place.”

It involves studying a recipe, thinking through the necessary tools and equipment, and assembling the ingredients in the right proportion before you start.

For the rest of us, that means ­taking 10 minutes to set priorities, separating what feels urgent from what’s important.

Ask yourself as you start: The day is over and I am leaving with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?

Run through this exercise every morning to figure out what to focus on, and then break it down into tasks.

— Adapted from “How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day,” Ron Friedman, Harvard Business Review.

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