Personal Reflection: “Mise En Place”

So here I find myself about two years out of college and I think I am finally starting to get my footing in the non academic world.   Right now my biggest personal project has been collecting all of my data onto one computer so that I can set up the raspberry pi I received last year for Christmas and begin playing with it as a server.

I am most excited about this because it means being able to have all my data organized and accessible from pretty much whatever computer I am using.

My best tip to anyone who is starting school right now or any major undertaking. Organize from the start and as go you because its a nightmare to do it later.  When I worked in a kitchen we called it “mise en place.”

Mise en place (French pronunciation: ​[mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]) is a French phrase which means “putting in place”, as in set up. It is used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients (e.g., cuts of meat, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components) that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be prepared during a shift.[1] The practice is also effective in home kitchens.[2]

I have found time and time again that reading all the directions before you begin, and having taken the time to get everything you will need in order first, really saves a lot of headaches in the future.

But seriously its a mess most of the time.
Where the magic happens

 

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