How to Save Time In the Kitchen

How to Save Time In the Kitchen

Handling the kitchen is a tough job, especially if you are working and have kids. Your workload and responsibilities are increased many folds; preparing food quickly and keeping everything in order can be a challenge.

It is very important that you streamline your routine in order to stay right on schedule, spend less time in the kitchen, and more quality time with your family.

Attaining an efficient kitchen can be a challenge, but if you follow these tips you can achieve something close. Do you know what you require? Do you enjoy having your things on the counter, or do you prefer clean counters with everything inside cupboards? What are your routines pertaining to work and kids and other social activities?

Answering these questions is your key to kitchen time-saving nirvana. But understanding this issue is like handling any project with requirements and scope.


Make a list of what you want to be done and the time you have.

Then plan your layout keeping in mind the following 5 tips:

1. Organize your kitchen

It is very important that you organize your kitchen. If you have to look for things in your kitchen, then you are actually spending more time searching through the clutter and less time doing work.

But if you put everything in its assigned place, then all you need to do is grab the items you need and use them, then put it back in its place. Place pans and pots, etc. where you want; in fact, it helps to assign places to different things according to their usage.


2. Keep your kitchen clean

Sort the things and keep the items you need daily handy. Keep your cleaning supplies under the sink. It is very important that you keep your kitchen clean. This gives your kitchen a hygienic look.

It is a very healthy habit, which not only benefits you by saving time, but also keeps you and your family healthy. If you use insecticides in problem areas, make sure you are using them safely, and do not use them on surfaces you would touch or set food on.

3. Cutting and chopping equipment

Make sure all your chopping and cutting equipment are washed, dried, and placed in a handy spot. They save more than half of your time. You can use electric choppers or mandolin slicers and dicers. Note that the best mandolin slicer always has a solid grip, allowing users to stop using them in case of any accident.

Mandolin slicers are more useful as you can use them anywhere as they don’t require electricity.


They are more affordable as well and you can use them and wash them and store in small spaces as well. So having one can save lots of time and can prove to be a good and facilitating purchase.

4. Keep your larder/pantry stocked

It is important that you keep your pantry well stalked with items you use most or all the time. Things like rice and pasta, and canned food, etc., so whenever you need to quickly prepare dinner or lunch you don’t need to rush to the market.

Also keep your freezer well stalked as well. You can freeze meat, chopped vegetables, waffles, etc., and then use them for instant dinner. I personally advise you to do your weekly grocery shopping on the weekends according to the menu of the coming week.

This way you will always be prepared for assembling food.


5. Make menus and plans

It is very helpful if you have a notice board placed somewhere in the kitchen where you can see it clearly. Pin up menus and other important reminders on it. If you write down your weekly menus then it will be very easy for you to shop ahead and keep the pantry stocked.

In today’s fast paced time, it is important that we manage our lives in an organized manner to save time from routine work, and plan to spend more time with family and friends. Save time in your kitchen and plan an outing with the kids!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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