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Chefs across the globe have honed an incredible system for working with efficiency called mise-en-place. In this audiobook, Dan Charnas reveals how to use those principles in any kind of work outside the kitchen.

Work Clean spells out the 10 major principles of mise-en-place, or "putting in place", for chefs:

1) Preparation is prime
2) Arranging spaces
3) Cleaning as you go
4) Making the first moves
5) Finishing actions
6) Slowing down to speed up
7) Call and callback
8) Open ears and eyes
9) Inspect and edit
10) Total utilization

One by one Charnas shows how applying each of these principles at the office and at home creates a simple system for organizing your life, work, and mind.

©2016 Dan Charnas (P)2016 Random House Audio

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I considered myself a pretty organized person, but find I'm improving my routines a *lot* after listening to this book. I'm an artist, and though I am together when it comes to keeping my keys in the same place, keeping my studio in order, etc., I was struggling with cleanup of my supplies after painting. Though I kicked myself because I knew it was wasteful and sloppy, I just couldn't shake the habit. The book helped me take the act of cleanup seriously, and after years of struggle I suddenly have discipline in this area. When I begin work the next day, it's amazing how much applying Mise-en-Place transforms the start of the new day's work. I really like the 'how', the directness of this book, and I think anyone could apply it to some area of their life.

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Listened to it twice and took notes

I actually sat down while listening g and took notes. The stories were relatable to a non chefs life, and you were given tasks to apply to your own daily activities. I am constantly overbooking and feeling disappointed nothing is completed. Tired of my day dictating what I will do. I want control over my time. The author is clear that we have to be realistic about what we can actually accomplish and shows the reader how to do just that.
I just downloaded the app and am giving it a whirl today.
I'm ready to slow down and be more productive!!

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Really spoke to me.

I used to be a cook and I miss those days in kitchens. I absolutely loved Dan Charnas' thesis and I related to his examples. I'm already working away on my own systems and feeling more centered. As a bonus - he has a great voice and his performance made me feel calm and capable. All around, the best book on getting organized that I've read - and I have read quite a few!

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Excelente

This book is entertaining full of knowledge great ideas excellent, it is a book to read many times and always learn new practices that will enhance the quality of anything you do :)

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Nice Book

Nice book, same material as other time management book, but presented in a very different way.

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Well-done, with one caveat

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book highly, and yet I was extremely disappointed that the producers of the program chose to bleep out terms that were deemed offensive by somebody in charge. Otherwise, a great program in terms of useful life and work skills--and the author does a fine job reading his own book.

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Could have been better

Started with some awesome parallels, but then seemed like it was just reaching. Good info in here regardless.

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Life Changing

What a beautiful book. I have started to plan more in just the past week, and it has made a huge difference. My store has so much chaos and so many projects. My new mantra is that 90 percent done is still unfinished. That makes me push to the end of each project. I love this.

I'm about to start listening to this book again. I think I will glean much more by hearing it again.

It's nice to feel better. Thank you.

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Give it Time, it is a great Book !

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was about to stop listening as there is a lot of reference to the Kitchen Life to start with, however I stuck with and after about 30 minutes it all became clear.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Work Clean?

"Mise en place" of course :)

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

It has a some good ideas on how to find the amount of task that you can complete in a day.

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Inspirational

I was cleaning my kitchen before I was halfway into the book and trying to organize my office the next day. I will listen to this over and over until I get it right.