Prepared Meals: An Effective Time Management Tool

We decided over the weekend to have a meal delivered to our house tonight from a friend’s new catering service. The one word reaction is “wow”, or maybe “awesome”, or “amazing”. The meal from Ciao Chow arrived at our house at 5:45 and I had the family feed, including desert, by 6:30. And packed the kids lunches for the next day. Was it good? Nope it was great.
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— Buttermilk and Thyme Fried Picnic Chicken
— Pasta with Pesto Genovese
— Melon Salad with Mint

You go to their website, pick your delivery date, choose to feed 2 or 4 people, and your delivery time; then check out and wait for the yumminess. Did I mention the desert. Yep, that too. All for around $60 to feed 4 people delivered to your door ready to serve.

I do not need to go into too much detail on how this is a fantastic time saving service. But it has saved me time planning the meal, time at the grocery store, preparing the meal, refereeing the kids while preparing the meal, coming up with something for lunch tomorrow, and cleaning up. Best guess, that is about 2 hours of time. For someone like me 2 hours of time is alot of time – it is another brick workout, more sleep, more time with the family, etc.

Now, having this service every night could certainly break the budget and might have some other counter productive consequences. But if you are looking to save 2-4 hours per week, you might want to consider a service like this. Or perhaps creating dinner group with a handful of friends who can rotate dinner responsibilities one day per week. Or perhaps looking into Let’s Dish where you can cook several meals at once in a professional kitchen.

Good luck in finding those precious blocks of time. If you feel stuck, trying one of these ideas.

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Greg McDonough
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To Greg, rest is overrated. As a CEO of a small business emerging from bankruptcy, he spends the workday applying his skill as a turnaround restructuring expert to implement business plans that achieve success. His experience with maximizing resources applies to all aspects of his life. Greg balances family, work and an ambitious training regimen as he prepares for the Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon. Like the event itself, his daily life covers lots of different terrain.

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