How Cooking Teaches Life Skills

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Cooking is one of the best ways to learn important life skills. From research to multitasking, cooking can teach us how to improve the skills we use every day. Nothing else could both teach life skills and be delicious!

Research

The first step to any new great meal is to find a recipe. Since recipes are so common, it’s easy to find great sources of inspiration: magazines, books, online, or through word of mouth (secret family recipes are always the best). Digging through all these recipes teaches patience and resourcefulness. Looking for a recipe takes time of course, and it can sometimes be difficult to find the exact one you need. You need to be resourceful and carefully select which method would be the most efficient way to find a recipe.

Planning

Once you have selected a new delicious recipe it’s time to plan what you need. Do you have everything you need at home? Is there something you need to go out and purchase from the store? You need to plan and ensure you have all the required ingredients before you can take any more steps forward.

Planning is one of life’s key skills and cooking is bound to teach you the importance of it. As a famous saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Imagine being in the middle of cooking and realizing that you are missing a key ingredient.

Organization

You have diligently researched and found the perfect recipe and, thanks to your precise planning, you now have everything you need to start cooking. This is where the trickiest part comes into play since organization during cooking is paramount. Organizing your utensils, shelves, and other items so they’re in a convenient position for you is a great way to avoid losing vital time cooking.

Make no mistake – a kitchen is a workspace. The organization of your kitchen and your workspace should go hand in hand.

Multitasking

It’s time to start cooking. First you need to set each of the stove burners to ensure the right temperature for each dish. Not all the dishes will go on at the same time, so you need to multitask between cooking, preparation, and keeping in mind the timing of each part. It can seem like a lot at first, but once you get into a rhythm, you can multitask like a pro.

Although some people are divided on whether multitasking is a myth, doing multiple tasks while cooking becomes an art in itself. It’s no different in your career. At one point it may seem overwhelming to handle so many tasks at once, but if you make a solid plan and start breaking down each task into little pieces, you can handle it like a pro.

Enjoyment and Relaxation

Finally, it’s done. Time to set the table, sit down, relax, and eat the delicious meal you’ve created with either friends or family. Eating is best done with others and you should be proud of what you have created and shared with them.

Life does not always have to be so strenuous. To avoid burnout and exhaustion, it is always best to spend time relaxing and enjoying yourself with friends or family. If you’re feeling burnt out from your career, be sure to check out some of our tips on how to deal with it.

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About the author

Christopher Bright is a Marketing Research Associate and he's currently pursuing his degree in Business Management at Ryerson University. He has also studied abroad at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and plans to move to Germany for his Master's Degree and subsequent professional career. He has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces since 2012 working as an Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist (ACISS). Outside of his professional life, he enjoys being creative through making music.