I don’t actually own a slow cooker (a Crock Pot type contraption). I like the idea of it — throwing a bunch of meat and vegetables in a pot and having it all come out as a dinner hours later — though I am also unsure I would use it. Why is the idea appealing to me? I think it stems from this thought, which Trent blogged about over at The Simple Dollar:
“Simply put, a slow cooker moves your food preparation from a point where there are a lot of demands on your time to a point when there are fewer demands on your time.”
I like the idea of a Crock Pot because I like the idea of time shifting in general. There are certain points of the day (like right after work) where things are just crazy. Many of us are trying to throw together dinner, deal with small children (even if you can put them in front of Dora), and check email on occasion because the fact that it’s 6 or 7pm doesn’t mean your work is done for the day. People often have this idea that they’ll use that window to exercise as well, though you can imagine how often that happens in practice.
But many of these things can in fact be time-shifted to low-demand time. The work you would be doing from 5pm-7pm can perhaps be shifted from 8:30pm-10:30pm. Exercise can be shifted to the early hours, as can throwing food in a slow cooker. Indeed, when you think about the whole of 168 hours, the possibilities are endless. You can catch up on work or take a class on weekend mornings when older children would not miss you. You can order groceries at 11pm online (or during a conference call you shouldn’t be on, but somehow are). Socialize at lunch or do “date night” at breakfast. We often do things at certain times just because we’re used to them, but there’s no reason not to think outside the box.
What times of your day are craziest? What have you managed to time-shift out of that block?
(Photo courtesy flickr user Tammra McCauley)