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10 Kitchen Hacks to Superboost Your Productivity

10 Kitchen Hacks to Superboost Your Productivity

If you like cooking and you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you should know some tips and tricks that will save you some time and boost your productivity. Here are some useful kitchen hacks that will help you with this!

1. Slice cherry tomatoes in a few seconds

Slicing cherry tomatoes

    Cherry tomatoes are small and slippery, so handling and slicing them can be such an annoying thing to do. If you have a whole bunch of cherry tomatoes to slice, just put them between two plates and slide the knife through the crack between the plates. This way, you will slice all of them in two and avoid finger cuts. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

    2. Make hard-boiled eggs without water

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    Boiling eggs in oven

      How is this even possible? Well, put your eggs in a muffin tray and place them in your oven, set it to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for half an hour. The results you will get are some hard-boiled eggs with less effort and less mess in your kitchen. Be sure that you don’t forget them in the oven for too long, though. Set your timer to half an hour and get all the other kitchen work done in the meanwhile.

      3. The easiest way to cut soft food

      Cutting with dental floss

        Cutting cheese, cakes and butter can be a pain in the neck. Don’t you just hate it when you manage to bake a perfect cake and you ruin it while trying to cut a slice? Forget about this and use unflavored dental floss for cutting all the soft food in your kitchen. This method is precise and easy to perform. Cut the right lengths, hold the ends tightly between your thumb and index finger (like you are preparing to floss your teeth) and push downwards.

        4. You ran out of cupcake liners?

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        Improvised cupcake liner

          Every kitchen should have a roll of parchment paper. Use it to make custom-made cupcake or muffin liners if you run out of real cupcake liners. You will need a muffin tray, parchment paper and a glass that fits into the holes of the tray. Cut the parchment paper into squares and fix them into the holes by pressing with the glass. Make sure that you cover the muffin tray with oil to avoid sticking.

          5. Easy dish washing

          Vegetable oil in a cup

            If you are using some sticky ingredients to cook a meal, you will have a lot of trouble with cleaning those dishes you used during the preparation. Dough, honey, syrups, chocolate, cake batter, etc., can stick to the walls of your bowl easily, but it won’t be that easy to clean it. Avoid this by greasing the dishes with a little bit of vegetable oil. Cooking spray will also work, but if you ran out of it and don’t have time to run out for some more, a sip of oil will be a perfect substitution.

            6. Keep your greens fresh for days

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            Storing greens with paper towel

              When you wash your greens, you better use them as soon as possible because they tend to go bad in less than two days. In order to prolong their lifespan, you can put a paper cloth or some damp paper into a bag or container where your greens are stored. It will absorb all the excess water that is the main culprit for greens going bad so fast. This is quite a way to save some money and avoid tossing food away.

              7. Semi-freeze meat before slicing and chopping

              Sliced frozen meat

                Slicing and chopping any kind of meat can be hard sometimes. But, don’t worry, this tip will blow your minds. Put the meat into the freezer for half an hour before preparation. Slicing semi-frozen meat isn’t going to cause you trouble and a sharp knife will just slide through it. Don’t keep it in the freezer for more than half an hour or it will take more time to melt afterwards.

                8. Peel garlic quickly

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                Smashing garlic

                  Peeling garlic isn’t the most desirable job ever because it takes too much time and your hands will absorb its smell that can’t be washed off that easily. This isn’t going to be a problem anymore once you read this: you can peel it quickly and easily, you’ll just need a plate, a plastic food container with a lid, and a knife. Cut the top and bottom part of the bulb, press it a bit with your plate while making circle motions, put it in a container and shake well. When you open the container, you will get peeled garlic cloves. Another tip is to use a garlic press to mince garlic without worrying about peeling. This is definitely one of the best cooking tools you can have in the kitchen, and it will help you prepare your meal without making a mess.

                  9. Make the most out of citrus fruits

                  Microwaving lemmons

                    There is nothing healthier than a glass of freshly squeezed citrus juice. If you want to use all the juice from your citrus fruits, you can use the method of microwaving it for 30 seconds. This will soften the fruit just enough to prepare it for squeezing.

                    10. Avoid stains when deseeding pomegranate

                    Deseeding pomegranate in water

                      Pomegranate is delicious and healthy, but when you think of all those stains on your clothes and hands, you might want to give up. There is no need for this, as this trick will help you deseed pomegranates quickly and make less of a mess. Cut the top and bottom off the pomegranate, and then make several vertical slices along the ridges and put it in a big bowl of water. Wash your hands and put them into the bowl. Well, I hope you didn’t think that the water would peel the pomegranate on its own? Start peeling and all the juice will remain in the water, not on your hands.

                      I hope you’ll find these kitchen tips and tricks useful and that they will help you boost your productivity in the kitchen and reduce the time you spend there.

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                      Ivan Dimitrijevic

                      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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