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.