Mise En Place Life

Mise en Place — Is a french culinary term for ‘putting in place‘ or ‘everything in it’s place‘.

I see it as structure and order in the hectic world of a kitchen.

When there’s millions of variables that could affect the outcome of a dish and service, a lot of things could go wrong (and will) if you’re not careful.

Things can get messy (literally), but if you have a system in place —

You can stay calm and clearhead even in chaos. 

And you can have more control over the outcome.

A system allows us to stay calm, controlled, and clear, 

even when everything around us are anything but.


This sounds like life, doesn’t it?

What if we tried adapting mise en place to our life as well?  

How we think and all that we do?


I don’t know about you,

but I’m always looking for greater clarity and organization to keep my mind thriving at an optimal level. This is the Renaissance Way.

If our output is determined by our input,

then our environments are considerable parts of that input.

What and Who we surround ourselves with affects our thinking.

Our mind itself is an environment we live in.

What and How we thinking affects our output just as much as — if not more than — our external environments. 

We can’t control all aspects of our external environment, but we can structure them for our benefit. 

And best of all we can control our mind. How we think and react. How we see.

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius

So what can we do?

Action Step — Create structure in your life around what most important to you

First we must decide what’s important to us. What kind of life do you want to live?

Next, Take stock of what you have. Get rid of anything that you don’t love, or is not beneficial to your life.

Create a space for everything you do. So that when you’re using it, it’s in front of you, but when you’re not, it’s put away.

What does the structure of your days look like? What gives you energy and what drains you?

Think about who you surround yourself with, what kind of input you take in, and the environments you frequent. What aligns to the life you want? What doesn’t? What needs to be added? What needs to be diminished or removed?

And finally, don’t think of your life in sections. Work, Home, Family, Friends, Skills, Hobbies, Play — it’s all the same — your life. Your inputs and outputs. Each part of life affects the others.


l’espirt droit, l’espirt tranquille

— mind right, mind at ease.

It’s when I don’t have to think about things or any pesky todo’s that I’m at my most creative and effective.

I think that’s why calendars were created — to help clarify the chaos.

Not as an act to tame the chaos life can throw at us, rather to solidify our most important tasks around everything else.

But if your calendar / mind / life looks like a coffee shop bulletin (aka a la clutter) then you’re missing the point. Structure is for our benefit. To put our minds at ease.

Structure isn’t a creative block, it’s a starting point for us to hold onto. A prompt for our creativity to flourish. 



Systems allow us to stay calm, controlled and clear.

What and Who we surround ourselves with affects our thinking and output.

We may not always be able to control our environment, but we can structure aspects of it for our benefit.

And we can at the very least learn to control our mind.

If life seems like pure chaos, adopt the mise en place mindset by creating structure around what’s most important to you.

‘esprit droit’


How will you structure your life?


Josh Waggoner


“Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein

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