You know that feeling when you learn about something and BOOM!
The new idea blows your mind, connects-the-dots, and provides a whole new perspective?
I had one of those moments.
And the implications for the way we work and live are massive. Two nights ago, Jason and I watched a Netflix original show called…
I rarely watch TV… even if it’s a popular program.
Watching these “world class” chefs was exactly what I needed to uplevel my thinking about MY routines and habits.
Over the past 48 hours, Jason and I have been talking a LOT about how the life and work of these chefs is similar to the pressure that WE ALL FEEL every day.
After some convincing from a friend, I decided to watch Chef’s Table for 1 reason:
#1. I trust his advice…
This program has left my mind racing for the last two days.
This morning I told my friends what I learned about how how these TOP CHEFS manage the consistent and very real Pressure to Perform. It’s called:
Mise en place
(French pronunciation: [mi za ‘plas])
It’s a French phrase that means to routinely and habitually arrange the ingredients and tools needed for cooking.
Here’s the part that’s easy to miss:
mise en place is so much more than diced up garlic and onions.
Mise en place is a way to describe the single most important trait of top performers:
Every chef in this Netflix show has an unrelenting commitment to excellence in their standards, routines and habits.
They are devoutly adherent to mise en place.
They call mise en place a “way of life” and say that it’s the art of slowing things down in order to speed up.
When was the last time you brought that much
attention to your work, Jodi?
Here’s how it translates into my life:
- Before client calls, I go online and research the person I’ll be speaking with… Yes that means I Google them, I search on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. If I know what they’re working on and interested in, we’ll have a more meaningful conversation.
- Before writing, I spread out a large sheet of blank paper, and lay out all my ideas, quotes and books I want to reference. Seeing it all laid out helps me connect all the dots in my mind. The writing comes “more naturally” after that.
- Before traveling, I lay out everything I’m packing on my bed, so I can see it all. I pack the same way each time, so I know where my work supplies are as well as my clothes, shoes, etc. I can find things in my suitcase with my eyes closed!
And you know me… I LIVE for the spontaneous, the last minute opportunities and the long detours… Having these habits in my life gives me the freedom to choose the unexpected…
But I’ll save that for the next email.
In Friday’s email, I’ll tell you why I’ve been thinking about the effects that your ROUTINES and HABITS have on your business.
Remember, you can change your habits and make your best… even better.
For now, take some time to review your own mise en place.
PS I usually talk about Networking… and this blog is about that too, in a way… I’m continuing deepen relationships, ask better questions, and LISTEN to people I trust. I hope you’re seeking out people you trust to help you and your business.