I am impressed at how organized chefs are. They undertake one task at a time—when preparing a shrimp recipe, they will remove the shells from all the shrimp before de-veining; when mincing garlic, they peel all of the cloves before chopping, and so on. Because of the pressure they work under, to ensure profit and quality food, chefs must be organized.
Managing a construction firm, I discovered, a job’s profit was determined by being organized—the ordering of materials; the sequencing of work and job-site organization.
Remodeling homes with my brother, I learned the importance of completing one task before proceeding to the next: for example, completing demolition before beginning renovations. By doing so, you could move from one task to another without tripping over uncompleted work.
Today, distractions arising from technology make it difficult to organize and focus. People pride themselves on multitasking: jumping from project to project; making decisions on the fly and talking to one person on the phone while answering an email from another—producing perfect opportunities to create misunderstandings and harm relationships.
Planning, organization and focus are essential to making good decisions, performing quality work and maintaining relationships.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell