A few years ago I decided to try to learn how to cook. I started by finding some recipes that seemed relatively easy to follow and that would make tasty food (I tend toward spicy food). I would make a list of all of the ingredients, go to the store to get what I didn’t have and then start the preparation. I would cut up everything that needed to be cut, measure everything that needed to be measured, separate everything that needed to be separated. Then, when I was ready to start cooking, everything was readily available and things were much easier. On the other hand, I have some friends who are much more experienced (and more talented) when it comes to cooking and they don’t have to spend as much time preparing as I do. Rather than measuring out exactly one teaspoon of X and a cup of Y they can do things more by feel and taste. The reason they don’t need to spend as much time preparing is because they have been preparing for many, many years.
While thinking about this process I go through to prepare to cook it dawned on my that many of us would be better in business if we prepared this way. Before going into a meeting shouldn’t we have everything prepared so we can be as efficient as possible? If we are figuring out the pricing of a product shouldn’t we know the comps and costs ahead of time?
If more of us (and I certainly will include myself in this group) would follow the 5P rule I believe we could be much more successful
5P Rule – Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
Have a great day!