I’ve often posted my daily schedules as a visual aid. Having gone over scheduling with several new clients recently, I thought it was time to post another one. But this one is pretty specific. This is my schedule for Thanksgiving Day for 2018. Bear in mind that I am a former professional chef. So, I do a pretty legit spread even though it’s only for seven people.
So I’m pretty sure I”m posted a prep list before. But this is a really good illustration of how a list of what you have to do is an amazing start. But actually scheduling time is the best way to get things done before a deadline. In this case, I wanted dinner on the table at 5:30. Thus, I had to do all this stuff before then.
Key points: I made an initial list separated by day the previous weekend. Because there were things that I had to do ahead of time, like pick up the duck, butcher it, cure the legs, and make the stock. I also like to bake the pie the day before so I don’t have to worry about that. I also made this schedule the day before to make sure I had time to actually get everything done. If it looked like I wasn’t going to have time, I would have done more on Wednesday.
Try not to get too overwhelmed by this schedule’s sheer number of things to get done. Remember that cooking puts me in my element. Put the principle is that whatever your “thing” is, you can use the same technique to manage very complex projects in real time.
By the way, dinner hit the table at exactly 5:30!
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