Using the Right Tools

Over the last few days I have done a little bit of cooking….. I am not a cook by any means, however I do like to experiment and since I am only cooking for me I have been taking advantage of the chance to experiment. The food has been spicy and I have been pleasantly surprised by the results. As I have been cooking I have also discovered that different tools for cooking have different results.

The tools of the trade in cooking include pots, pans, knifes etc. I am no expert on cooking and I am sure that I have missed a few items, however I think that you get the point. The other day I was chopping up the food and learnt an important lesson. The knife I was using as working, however it was not the ideal knife for the job. So I changed the knife and got great results. With the different knife the cuts were more accurate and I got the job done quicker.

I thought wow…. What a difference that the knife made to the job. With the right tool, knife in this case, I was able to do a better job quicker…. Does that ring any bells? It did for me. It got me thinking about how in life and work the tools we use can have such a great impact on our outcomes. By investing in the right tools we can increase our quality of life or productivity…..

When have you not used the right tool and it cost you in time or quality?
Have you ever bought a new tool and noticed an instant improvement in productivity?
What is a tool that you could be using now that you are not, that would improve your productivity?

About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is passionate about life and thrives on empowering others, in particular when it comes to leadership. Attila has in excess of 17 years of experience in the private, government, not for profit and volunteer sectors. He also has formal qualifications in business, management, training and legal services. He is currently study towards his Masters of Business Administration. Attila’s sense of adventure has taken him around the world. His passion for travel includes a number of community projects in developing nations and he has conducted business on four contingents around the globe. Attila has a passion for speaking, writing, training, coaching and consulting individuals, teams and organisations to achieve greatness. Attila writes at his personal blog, where you will find his contact details.

Posted on Monday, 10 Dec 2012, in Adventure, Business, Family, Personal and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. When I started cooking I imediately felt the need for “highend” knifes.But my wife kindly explained to me that it would be wise to actually do some cooking for a while before buying tools for hundreds of dollars…as allways she was right 😉 But the fact still remains, the right tools make a huge differens….in all endavors of life.

  2. Thanks for visiting my site. I’ve done the research for all y’all so you just need to click utensils, essential pantry, then perhaps cookbooks and you’ll be set for life. Let us know when you’re in the US. We’re not in a cool place right now but if you want to ski…. Thank your daughter for her poem.

  3. The right knife REALLY does make all the difference in the world! The first thing I thought of outside of the kitchen are smart phone apps. Sometimes I want to be anti technology, but some have just been so helpful to me I can’t imagine being without. I use TurboScan to take pictures of receipts that need to submit for reimbursement for work. I never lose them now. And I love that I can deposit checks straight from my phone – such time savers!

  4. Hi Attila great post. At one time in our office we only had two copy and printers. I was having to get up from my office and walk into the next office every time I needed to copy something or I had printed something from my computer. I wasn’t the only one who wasted time all day doing this. After a few years and the drop in price of printers I asked our boss to buy a printer for each computer. What a difference this made in making a more efficient work flow for the office.

  5. Interesting story Attila , I agree with u that the right tools make all things effectively ( more productive ). But we all learning by doing like or dislike in this our life

  6. loved getting to know you a little more

  7. I totally agree with you about the right tool. It is like trying to use a calculator instead of a spreadsheet. And I definitely know about the knife thing. I do love to cook and I know the importance of having the right equipment to be efficient. Great analogy. 🙂

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