By now, we all know that multitasking is a lie. Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t all have lots of things that need to be done efficiently every day — here’s how to make people more effective.
Dealing with the day’s to-do list takes focus. But in a hectic business environment, focus is often hard to come by. It’s a challenge that restaurant chef’s face every day, too. And they deal with it using a practice called “mise-en-place,” which roughly translates into “everything in its place.”
Essentially, it means that chefs start their day thinking through — and gathering up — the totality of recipes, tools, and ingredients they need to do their job that day.
It’s a holistic, mindful approach that could help out at a lot of other industries as well. The only problem is that, at many businesses, the “totality of everything employees need to do their job” is frequently scattered across disparate systems, networks, and business apps.
If your job involves email, CRM and a finance app, you don’t know the sum total of your day until you’ve checked them all out individually — and that opens the door to distractions that can derail you from your larger priorities. (continued…)