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Spend less time cooking

Lesson 27 from: Make More Time in Your Day: Become a Speed Demon

Jonathan Levi

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27. Spend less time cooking

Lessons

Class Trailer

Chapter 1: Introductions & Foundations

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Class Introduction: Structure & how to succeed

03:57
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Why do things quicker

05:14
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Where most people spend (or waste) their time

04:48
4

Quiz: Chapter 1

Chapter 2:General Principles & Theories For Hacking Productivity

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The power of preparation

03:11
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Having clear priorities & goals - and making them "SMART"

07:38
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Organizing priorities with the Priority Star Exercise

09:19
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Setting deadlines & and making them real

04:18
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The Pareto Principle - our secret to being effective

03:57
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The "Bad" kind of multitasking, avoiding distractions, and meditation

07:43
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Batching similar tasks

03:48
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The "Good" kind of multitasking & the wheel of life

04:26
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Planning for structured rest periods

05:57
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Using small chunks of wasted time effectively

04:16
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Quiz - Chapter 2

Chapter 3: Speeding Up & Automating Computer Work

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Just how much time are you wasting on your computer?

06:44
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Automating meeting scheduling

04:56
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Text expansion - stop typing the same things over and over

04:24
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Speaking is faster than typing - and clicking

05:33
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Using custom gestures to speed up common tasks

03:43
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Launchers - act without doing

06:02
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Wasting less time reading and sorting through email

03:41
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Automating simple, repetitive tasks effectively across the web

05:03
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Watching lectures, videos, and podcasts faster

04:48
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Quiz: Chapter 3

Chapter 4:Speeding Up Health & Fitness

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Getting fit in fewer hours

04:10
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Spend less time cooking

04:02
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Sleeping less and feeling better

06:00
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Quiz - Chapter 4

Chapter 5: Automating Your Finances

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Monitoring your finances automatically

04:30
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Paying bills automatically

05:29
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Quiz - Chapter 5

Chapter 6: Delegation, Communication, & Saying No

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Some things just aren_t worth your time

11:21
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Thoughts & tips on "outsourcing"

06:18
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Speeding up decisions

09:14
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Speeding up communication

05:12
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Splitting Time Into “Maker” and “Manager” Days

05:06
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Quiz - Chapter 6

Chapter 7: Conclusion

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What we've learned, conclusion, and congratulations

02:51

Final Quiz

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Final Quiz

Lesson Info

Spend less time cooking

cooking can really take a long time. If it didn't then fast food wouldn't be almost a $200 billion us alone. The truth is though that cooking doesn't have to take nearly as much time By eliminating that 20% of tasks that take up 80% of the time or stretching them out across multiple meals. We can actually make things a lot faster. What exactly do I mean by this? Well, let's start with chopping and slicing. I was listening to a podcast recently where Andrew Zimmern was a guest and the host asked him to give one tip to people listening who wanted to make more time for cooking instead of eating out his tip, invest in your knife skills. If you are holding the knife and the object you're cutting improperly, it will slow you down quite a bit. The cooking of the food itself is pretty negligible in terms of time commitment mostly because you can usually walk away and do something else while the water is boiling or the oven is baking. In fact, if you ever watch Iron Chef, you see how fast they ...

are able to actually prepare meticulous meals with no preparation and a large part of that is because they spend very little time on chopping. Most people however chopped very, very slowly protecting their fingers. I'm going to provide some supplementary videos from YouTube that will actually teach you how to handle a chef's knife correctly and you'll be amazed that you can cut at least 50% of your cooking time by using the proper cutting techniques and no pun intended. Now the next thing that we can do is advertise or spread out the preparation and cleaning time. If you're like me, the majority of your cooking time is actually cleaning and prep time, cleaning up the kitchen before you cook, buying all the ingredients and packaging them all boiling water, heating the oven and of course scrubbing all the pots and pans when you're done. Now it's hugely wasteful to do this for just one meal. And so one of the most powerful ways that you can save time is to cook in bulk. What I'll often do is cook enough for 3-4 meals at once. For example, cooking an entire chicken or salmon and a few pounds of vegetables then I decided that the meal is something that I want to enjoy again tomorrow. Sometimes it's so tasty that I actually don't mind eating it two days in a row, but other times I make nice little prepackaged tupperware meals and put a few of them in the freezer where they are good for months and months. I know what you're thinking gross, but actually if you have a decent freezer, seal the meals in decent tupperware and you freeze them right away. The food comes out just as tasty and doesn't get dry or chewy at all. Seriously, if you don't believe me, next time you're at an average restaurant, ask the waitress or waiter which items on the menu have been frozen. The answer will really surprise you anyways. I used to do this bulk and freeze method at least once a week when I had time and the motivation to cook. And at any given time I'd have 2-3 different choices of meals that I had cooked over the last couple of weeks. That way I was able to advertise my efforts or batch like tasks and I didn't have to shop or clean pots and pans every time I wanted to eat a nice home cooked meal. Now, this technique alone can easily save you three or four hours per week of time spent slaving over a hot stove. So I highly recommend that you check it out. Oh, and later on in the course, when we talk about outsourcing and delegation, I'll tell you how I figured out a way to actually spend absolutely zero time each week cooking except for the few occasional minutes that I spend making my own breakfast while ensuring that I have a delicious home cooked meal for every time that I'm hungry, Stay tuned for that

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Course Syllabus
The Wheel of Life Worksheet
The Priority Star Worksheet