Two more ways to find time to write more
Batching for productivity
Example of batch cooking made easy
- prepped several containers of fresh veggies
- made a large bowl of salad and packed it into a half-gallon jar
- made a gallon of iced tea
- canned the quart of chicken broth that came from the the breasts and thighs
- packed everything into the refrigerator
- started the dishwasher
- distilled a gallon of water
Benefits of batch cooking
- Breakfasts are simple and consist of one or more of the following: sheet pancakes, meat (bacon or sausage), eggs.
- Lunches are salads, sandwiches, or leftovers.
- Dinners involve nothing but reheating something I cooked on Sunday, and perhaps a salad or easy side to go with it.
Each meal takes about five minutes of hands-on time. It’s about one hour a week to get meals on the table, not counting the couple of hours of batch cooking (and cleaning) on Sunday afternoon. When we cooked each meal individually, it took up to 21 hours a week. And if you think about it, you’ll see that the majority of the time people spend cooking is standing around waiting for the foods to cook. If you allow all of the foods to cook at the same time, you only have to wait once a week instead of seven times a week. One hour really can save ten.
We just do week-sized batches. Ambitious people do month-sized batch cooking. I simply don’t have the counter space or the spoons to do that these days. When it comes to once-a-month cooking, these books are the classics!
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Other ways to find time to write more
There are of course other ways to find time to write more. We’ll get into some of those in other posts.