For thirty years I have always somehow found myself behind the eight ball. Regardless of how many prep lists and order sheets I do, a wrench always seems to get thrown into the mix. As a chef being organized is by far the most important aspect of getting the job done. Maybe I secretly enjoy the pressure of having more to do than I can handle, but on days like this it sure doesnt seem that way.
I have a party for a hundred people on Saturday, that I haven’t even begun shopping for. Not to mention two young children I have to take care of and several articles that are past deadline. On the positive side, I have been doing this kind of thing for so many years now, that I know everything will work out just fine as long as I am willing to do the work.
In the old days when I worked in restaurants I would often feel overwhelmed, although my crew would have never known it,I have always believed it was important to show a calm demeanor in the kitchen. Because if I look freaked out, before you know it so will my staff and then we would really be in for an exciting evening.
So if today is one of those kinds of days for you. Take a moment out to breathe. Pull out a note pad and write down all the priorities for the day. If you can find the patience to simply tackle one problem at a time and not think about the awful big picture, your day will go much easier.
Basically today’s blog is dedicated to me, because that is exactly what I need to do for myself. My baby girl is at this very moment knocking at my door because she wants me to play dolls with her. I will do my best to ignore her for long enough to get my act together and then I will begin another day, working at a profession that sometimes drives me nuts, but one that I love with all my heart.
May the force be with you.