personal mise en place
What is pmep?
Personal mise en place (or PMEP for short) is a daily system of tracking your behavior and routines.
Inspired by the classic kitchen system of "mise-en-place," PMEP take the concept of "everything in its place" and applies it to ourselves.
By taking an honest look at your own daily rituals, you can learn to identify patterns, allowing you to clear out non-productive items that are in your "mise" and replace them with more efficient and productive routines.
Just like the one in your bar or restaurant, every ingredient that is in your personal mise should serve a purpose and be of the highest quality.
we are hardest on ourselves
Especially - but certainly not exclusively - in the service industry. We often put others' needs ahead of our own, and self-care is unfortunately the last item on our to-do list.
Lack of time, lack of healthcare, long hours, not enough sleep, irregular eating habits, and a stressful work environment can cause mental and physical burnout, as well as the need to self-medicate just to get through another shift.
Taking a few minutes each day to set your intention and focus on your goals, and then to reflect upon what you've accomplished (and what needs work) the day before may not seem like much.
But after a few weeks of honest, daily observation (much like an anthropologist examining your own life), you will be able to identify patterns that may be preventing you from reaching your goals and ultimately make more mindful choices throughout the day.
We believe that every person can figure out how to optimize their own PMEP with two things: Attention & Intention. Therefore, we have created a daily "PMEP Chart" to track daily progress and work towards consciously developing our own personal mise en place, the one that works for each of us.
Click here to preview the PMEP chart.
"There are no mistakes,
there are only correctable errors.
There are no errors,
there are only alternate programs."
- John C. Lilly
"People do not decide
they decide their habits
and their habits
decide their futures."
My Workout Diary: Jack McGarry (The Daily Beast, 2019)
Why you can't be productive without rituals and routine (Fast Company, 2019)
Steve Brennfleck's Alexander Technique for the Arts
20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today (Psychology Today, 2013)
Sensory Deprivation Tank: Effects and Health Benefits (Healthline, 2018)
The Connection Between the Restaurant Industry and Addiction (Restaurant Insider, 2017)
about paul finn
Paul Finn produced his first feature film at age 21 for Kevin Smith’s View Askew Productions. While working on the soundtrack for that film, “A Better Place”, he decided to re-focus on a career in the music industry both as an artist, touring with critically acclaimed bands The Kingsbury Manx and Spider Bags as well as working behind the scenes at the legendary Drag City and Merge record labels.
All the while, bills were paid by waiting tables. The hospitality bug caught on while working at Acme, a fine dining southern restaurant in Carrboro, NC. Starting as a busboy, he eventually worked his way up to GM where he had his first attempts at providing healthcare, convincing the skeptical staff to sign up with Aflac.
Fellow musician and bar mentor Wes Wolfe convinced Paul to pursue craft bartending at the James Beard winning Lantern restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC. It was at the Lantern bar where he read Ted Haigh’s seminal “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” and bartending became his main passion & focus.
Several moves and two children later, Paul found himself in Austin, Texas just in time to help open Garage cocktail bar, winners of the 2015 Official Drink of Austin. Brought on as a principal bartender, he quickly rose to GM and Beverage director.
Under his leadership, Garage has garnered a reputation for providing an excellent cocktail program and warm hospitality, and received national recognition in publications such as Conde Nast, Imbibe, Maxim and Architectural Digest. It was also at Garage that he found a kindred spirit with a shared passion for hospitality and industry wellness in owner William Ball, who made the revolutionary decision to provide full medical benefits for the staff.
In October of 2018, Paul appeared on Damon Boelte & Sother Teague’s “The Speakeasy” podcast in NYC to champion healthcare and wellness for an industry that desperately needs it. These interests organically came together in the form of a system called “Personal Mise En Place” for tracking daily routines and focusing intentionality. January 2019 saw the first public seminar of the “Personal Mise En Place” system at San Antonio Cocktail Conference.