Most men have short attention spans and are easily distracted, especially by something fun and/or shiny. It’s not our fault. It’s just how we were made. This can be a problem when it comes to men cooking. One false move and instead of golden brown toast, you have a smoldering inferno and your home looks like a scene from Backdraft.
Unless you like to get visits from those nice men with axes and fire hoses, follow these tips to make sure you keep your eye on the ball.
Turn Off the TV
When you bake something, there is a lot of downtime. It can take 45 minutes or more for something to cook in the oven, so why not take a break and watch that latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or the second half of the football game? Simple, you’ll get sucked in. All it takes is one action scene or Hail Mary catch for you to completely forget about the roast in the oven. It’s not until the house starts looking like Pompeii that you realize the roast is toast. The good news is you could always try and pass off the burnt roast as an asteroid. Keep the television, radio and any other device off while you’re cooking.
Naps Are Bad
You’re tired. You may have spent the day hard at work and are now working on the evening meal; or your weekend was filled with chores and projects including a great dinner. With plenty of time before the turkey is done, you might think a quick nap would be in order. You know, just 15 minutes and you’ll wake up invigorated. Two hours later, you’re awoken by the screams of your wife and children as they try to put out the meatloaf. Exhaustion can be a huge distraction and one you can do little about at the time. Try to plan ahead to either get some rest beforehand or cook a meal that’s fast and easy.
Use a Timer
Sometimes you just can’t help getting distracted. Your willpower isn’t enough to skip the big game or you’re so close to the ending of Halo 4, you can’t put the controller down. When this happens, simply use a cooking timer or set your phone alarm. Do something that will make sure you’re notified when it’s time to do something. If a gentle vibration isn’t enough to get your attention, then get out the alarm clock and crank it up.
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