Industrial Engineering Laundry – Ergonomics For Quicker And Easier Laundry

Lead Engineer- Michael Kirk:

I expect this article to change your life.  Enjoy-


There are two sections, theoretical “By The Book”, where you will hear the most optimal situations you can hope to achieve. These are good to know, so you can think about them when doing laundry. There are lots of good ideas in there.

Finally, we will go into real world tips to get closer to optimal, so you can save time and effort right away. 

This study was funded by Elizabeth P. Thank her for donating to study Efficient Laundry!

Engineering Theory- The Most Optimal (by the book)

Ergonomics is a hybrid of human health and engineering. This combines the mathematical and logic rigor of engineering to studies in humans. This data comes out as measurements, estimations, and best practice.


Enhancing Attention

One book suggested human attention is limited to ~30 minutes on a routine job. No reason to feel bad about getting bored of household tasks, you are only human.

Room Temperatures above 79 degrees are bad.

Work quickly, being motivated is proven to make you work quicker. Literally, thinking, can make you more Efficient. Rally! Don’t be weak!

Information Processing

Making a decision is fatiguing. Regardless if its trivial, the mind needs to see, understand, think, and convert into an output. It should be noted that after basic skills are obtained, people get better at speed.

Since these tasks require decisions, both in muscle control and mind, proficiency will happen with time. 

Best Practices- For Reach

A 5th percentile female can reach approx 2 feet, and this can be extended an additional 9 inches when standing.

Bending over is not desired. A rolling cart may help elevate baskets off the floor and ease transportation.

Motion is not desired, if you can grab multiple items per bend, you will save time and effort.

Another reminder, Motion is not desired, items that need to be put far away can be tossed aside. Hang up all necessary items, once.

Ergonomic Facts

Pulling motions are best done between 120 and 180 degrees, with best performance at 150 degrees. while pulling >120 degrees. This means its easier to pick items up below you, and put away higher. 

However, any sort of grabbing without bending over or reaching is encouraged.

Use a power grip! Instead of using fingers, use your fist to pick up.

Discomfort will cause inefficiency, even a 5cm/2in too high counter can cause shoulder pain.

Static, holding still, restricts blood flow and requires longer rest periods. Dynamic movement allows blood to circulate during relaxation. 

To reach further, bend your hip(8.2in/20cm) and rotate(1.8in/4.5cm) and extend shoulder(4in/10cm). Those are your 3 ways to extend. 


For long tasks, if you can adjust between sitting and standing, this is preferred. Equipment exists to change the height level.

Sitting is better for blood flow.

Try not to hold the same position for more than 15 seconds, that is when lactic acid begins to build up.

Avoid moving/transportation to put something away.

Reduce or Increase Stress

Stress can be good, according to one book, a 10 is very stressful, a 3-5 stress is beneficial. 1 stress was bad. 

The arrangement of your workplace(dimensions, relative locations, etc…), makes a major contribution to how a task is handled. 

What are the accuracy requirements? Do things need to be folded/unwrinkeled? Could you change this to be happier doing laundry? Or make more challenging?

Is there flow? Work-rest cycles may be beneficial and for extended tasks, having start-stop times. 

Environment- Temperature, family/pets, surroundings.  

Reduce Boredom

One book had root causes of boredom, here is a take on how to make tasks less boring.

Short cycle times may be boring. Is there an opportunity for process flow?

A task with few opportunities for body movement gets boring, its okay to stretch/exercise muscles. 

Warm temperatures, could cooler temps get you motivated.

No coworkers. Does this mean we should be doing laundry with family?

People with high abilities and eager to excel find boredom, so next time you do laundry, try to be more Efficient. This is your new challenge, let us know if you find any discoveries. 

Dim work environment causes boredom. Changing color RGB light strips are a solution to boredom, or maybe the book intended to use brighter white light.

Real World Tips – Applied Efficiency

Here are applicable to everyone efficiency tips.

Sort Clothes Faster

Upon research, there are Efficient Comparison Sorting Algorithms. These can be used to sort your laundry faster. A take at Laundry Quicksort

  • Pick 2 items to collect, one for each hand. IE: Mrs Socks, Mrs. Underwear
  • Collect these with minimal digging, and put away
  • Put away large items that prevent seeing new items, don’t think too hard about this.
  • Continue with this routine, picking large quantities as a priority, and removing large items that inhibit seeing.

The goal here, limit motion like digging around and extended searching. Like Quicksort, your visible items are your ‘sorting set’, and items you cannot see are not sorted. All while picking up many items reduces the number of times you bend/turn to get clothes.

Hanging up clothes may be better separated into a different task. This is highly dependent on if you are sorting clothes near your closet and are near hangers. 

This asks the question, if laundry was done at the individual level rather than family level, would it be quicker due to less sorting?

Workspace Tips

Limit Transportation. Do your work within range if possible. Consider Swapping the contents of drawers to make sorting possible without taking steps. 

According to one book, locations of items should have priority- Most important items in front, then items by sequence(multi step items), then items by similarity, then frequency.

Turn Less, consider that turning your body is motion, if doing laundry on the bed causes you to turn significantly, consider sorting in a different location.  


Note: this equipment suggestion is best practice, it serves to give you an idea what an Ergonomic Laundry Basket would be. Elevated, with wheels.

If you are interested, these are called Laundry Carts.

Even better, some laundry carts have false/auto adjusting bottoms to elevate laundry to make it easier to reach. Push laundry carts instead of pulling. Although changing muscle groups has economic advantages as well.


Next Steps

Get excited about doing laundry, like you never have before. I was shocked at how fast Quicksort had me putting away clothes. 

With 5 ergonomics books under my belt, I expect more household tasks to get optimized, and laundry to be further studied with MODAPTS, which are used to code task time like reaching and grabbing. They use this in Sweat Shop Sewing. 


Make More Efficiency

If we can reach 5,000 dollars, we are currently at 800 dollars, I will match and we can finance 2 interns to work 12 hours a week for 28 weeks completing studies that will help everyone.

The goal is to raise 5000 dollars to create more studies on Industrial Engineering Life.



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Cost Freeze

Lead Engineer- Michael Kirk:

We are on Cost Freeze and my credit cards transactions for this month was nearly empty outside groceries and gas. Cost Freeze works.

How Cost Freeze Works

A tool used at the best and most successful fortune 500 companies to tell everyone- Stop.

Non essential is maintained or removed.

Its quite simple. You need to eat. You need to buy gas. Rent/Mortgage, heat(lowered), subscriptions ended.

Then everyone realizes this problem is not so simple and getting some non essentials will improve the situation.

When you begin Cost Freeze, you stop spending money, you scrutinize every purchase, and you review your reoccurring expenses.

Spend Money to Save

Insulation of your home, LED lights, and more can pay for itself.


The Math

Multiple hundred dollars a year in potential savings. Note that expected hours of use are high, but these LEDs are going to last years, this is a quick and dirty estimation. Cost was less than 100 dollars to make the change.

Can you imagine other areas where spending money saves money?

Mind Tricks

Going on ‘Cost Freeze’ is a change in mentality that you decide, declare, and carryout. You will start to save money, and on an extreme basis.

This is cause for innovation, as scarcity in spending money will have you find other uses for time. For instance, instead of getting pie at an expensive restaurant, baking a pie with friends is nearly free. No driving, no parking, no tipping, no drinks- still 100% friendship.

Allocate Resources

After a freeze in spending money, you may find it almost necessary to improve your life. Old shoes, haircut, carbonated drinks, etc…

There is a way to deal with this. Budget. Put a set amount(ie: 50 dollars) towards non essentials, and decide if you would rather fix your shoes or drink diet caffeine free coke.

Hold On

The mild pain of saying ‘No’ to things gives you the benefit of security as you can extend the use of your assets.

While others are in panic about making debt payments, Cost Freeze extends your cash many months.

This may be overkill, but after an economy recovers you will be stronger than before. Good decisions today pay dividends and failure is expensive.

Rational Decision Making – Picking Your Next Job With Math

Lead Engineer- Michael Kirk:

If you have been staying at a company ‘because the health insurance is good’, you should know the real world $/hr benefit. That good feeling might be a costly mistake.

Data Driven Decision Making

Compensation($), Time(hr), and Qualities make up the various inputs to aid decision making.

Compensation = Income + Benefits + Vacation

Your total compensation includes every value you get from a company. These are added up.

There are a few ways to do this, it can be simple, comparing vacation and health insurance benefits. If you will go to college and getting work to pay for it, you can include that too. This should be 0 if you do not achieve this educational goal.

There is an opportunity to add subjective values, ie- I like my current job, valued at $5,000.

Note, that the further you stray from data driven mathematics, the more variation can be in your expected outcome due to this estimation.

On Health insurance estimations. I’ve found that the best workers have health insurance benefits that value approx ~$6000/yr. If you are too lazy and cant go to healthcare.gov and find out how much your health insurance is, you can use a number less than $6000. This is approx what people say ‘fantastic health insurance’ but this is still an estimation. A ‘good’ health insurance plan may save you closer to ~$3000/year.

Costs- Time and Gas Money and Security?

You can include drive time and gas. This would raise your expected ~40 hour/week workload and reducing your $/hr accordingly.

Gas costs can be calculated/estimated to factor an additional expense for distance.

Could you factor in job security? A contract job has a higher risk of losing employment. For example, a GM employee or contract worker has a ’15’ percent chance of being cut. Should you factor this into a job at GM? These are your decisions to make rational job choices.

Real Life Example

Here is an example to show the possible complexities of this calculation. This could be simpler for your own life.

Data and situations are not perfect. Instead of an easy ‘fill in’ the blank, you should consider your situation and put numbers to it. Reminder that this is a multi-thousand dollar per year decision.

This outcome favors seeing the outcome of GM’s 15% cut to its workforce, as the commute and lack of vacation days at Nissan make the job a slight economic disadvantage. The final decision might come down to a ‘better career move’ decision as both jobs are competitive. Adjusted, the difference is only ~$2,500/yr. The career decision would only need to be worth $2,500 more to move to Nissan.

Rational Decision Making

The goal is to get closer to a good decision and notify you of abnormalities. Putting numbers to life decisions will often showcase harsh realities of being incorrect. A previous lifestyle, job, or career could be found to be a worse decision than a new opportunity. A new opportunity could also be a guilty pleasure to run from your current problems. Math can make you aware of these subconscious feelings. Its up to you to decide if that cost difference is worth it.

Big Efficiency News + How To Start An Efficiency Lifestyle for 2018

First, we have been hard at work studying various restaurants for the best Calories and Protein Per Dollar. If you haven’t visited our Food page, its a comprehensive list of optimizing food. Note: This article is how we eat 99% of our meals.

Hopefully this is every restaurant you would like. Feel free to comment any others you want studied.

It seems Google is starting to pick this up, you can ask ‘The highest Calorie per dollar food’, and it should tell you.

Burger King Per Dollar
Chick-Fil-A Per Dollar
Hardees Per Dollar

White Castle Per Dollar
Wendy’s Per Dollar
Five Guys Calories Per Dollar

Panara Bread Per Dollar
Jimmy Johns Calories Per Dollar
Panda Express Per Dollar

Pizza Per Dollar (Jets, Little Caesars, and more)
Chili’s Per Dollar
Taco Bell Per Dollar
McDonalds Per Dollar

Efficiency News

I don’t like to talk about myself, I really just want to provide you high quality data. However I had people reach out about my absence. Skip ahead for this weeks article.

I’d like to make quality articles rather than hit deadlines. I had been working more than 70 hours a week between Efficiency and my Engineering job. Paying an Intern only made me raise the quality of the articles rather than reduce workload.

I want to spend a few months programming an App that will make Mutual Funds feel like Cash. “Cash” with a 7% yearly return but with an ability to exchange without fees. This isnt cryptocurrency, this is a solution to a problem I had since I worked at a clothing store. I asked my boss if I could be paid in NASDAQs instead of USD- No. USD inflates, Investment provides value. I’m excited to program for a few months, I hope to come back to Efficiency with some new skills.

In addition, we have a team starting a charity, Kids In Kitchens, where we teach 5th graders how to make a no-chop slowcooker meal to feed 5 people for 6 dollars.

I stopped playing video games and started sewing with a focus on fashion. I post my creations on Instagram.

While I take a break, I’d like to set some very reasonable goals to work toward an Efficient Life.

You Need To Be Efficient

“Oh, you really do this in your life?”

My neighbor was shocked when I was telling him about having shelves in our kitchen to reduce time opening and closing cabinets.

While I don’t expect you to remodel your kitchen, I want to you implement major improvements that will pay dividends throughout your life.

Make Life Lazier, Apply Process Flow

Reducing steps in daily routines are something that pays off instantly.

Something like your daily morning routine should be optimized in detail, setting aside time for timed and recorded trial. Either having a partner write down every detail of every step of your routine, or recording and reviewing your routine will give you an opportunity to find waste.

Find steps that do not add value and make it a goal to either remove or reduce that time.

This is something you can do on smaller scales. When cutting food, moving the cutting board and knives closer to the refrigerator. Simply being aware that (movement) Waste is significant will begin to make a serious impact to giving you more free time.

You Know Expensive Foods, Its Time To Change

You know what I’m going to say,

The data has shown over and over that processed foods, frozen, canned, fast food, restaurant food, are not as cost effective as fresh foods.

Could you make it a goal to stop eating out?

3 quick solutions to laziness:

Protein Shakes– Can be made in 1 minute, filling, add some veggies and its a real meal.

Breakfast– Eggs and Breakfast Sausage take me less than 6 minutes to get 1000 calorie.

Bulk Food– We make 6+ servings for 2 people every night. Tupperware!

If you must eat out, limit yourself to only top calorie or protein per dollar items. This is a self-control thing. Eating out isnt going to be healthy, might as well eat it cheap.

Otherwise we eat out for birthdays.

Would you try Biphasic Sleep?

Regardless what time you go to bed or wake up, biphasic sleep can work with almost every lifestyle. Misses Efficiency Wakes up at 6am and takes her nap as late as 9pm. After that, she has a shot of energy and we have 3 hours of productivity, fun, or whatever the situation needs.

Take a look at our sleep articles. Many other users have made the change and say they are not going back.

Save 12 Hours A Week By Taking A Nap- Efficiency Articles

Our First Time Doing Biphasic Sleep + 4 Tips To Fall Asleep Fast
1 Year of Biphasic Sleep Later- Lessons Learned

Testimonials and Tips from other Biphasic Sleepers

Jim’s Experience And Tips on Biphasic Sleep
Jake’s Testimonial on Biphasic Sleep
Warnings- Why Biphasic Sleep Didn’t Work For Hailey and Ryan

Next Steps

I want you to think about your daily life and where there is waste, fix your food (dont be weak), and try something new.

Keep me excited about Efficiency, implement Efficiency in your homes and teach people how to optimize their life.

Check out my favorites from 2017

Save Money Without Shopping For Gas (Applied Secretary Problem)

Water Per Second. Non-trivial amounts of time are spent obtaining water.

Removing Non Value Added Marketing -Essential if you never taken a marketing class

Save Time Eating-Intermittent Fasting

Introducing Fun Per Dollar

Shoes Per Hour

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Theory: Identifying the 7 Forms of Waste


The intended purpose of this website is to teach fundamentals of Industrial Engineering to everyone, so it can be applied to home.

You are the expert of your own life, once you learn the tools, you will be able to apply them.

While we live on 19,000 dollars a year, the goal isn’t to be cheap. The goal is to live life and to meet our specifications. Allocating time and money resources optimally to hit defined qualities.

There are only 2 sections, The Concepts, and Tips By Example. The first section puts a significant emphasis on the concept, while the second is application. As you read through the first section, take the time to think about where you have this in your own life.

The Concept- Forms of Waste


In The Factory- The movement of products. Transportation from one factory to another, transportation moving a product from one assembly line station to another, packaging the product, and moving it. Two major notes to remember about transportation-

  1. The customer doesn’t get value out of transportation
  2. Transportation is one of the largest forms of waste

At Home- Moving yourself, essential items for living, and non-essential items.


In The Factory- Raw materials sitting around costing extra warehouse space. Money spent on unused material that could otherwise be invested until additional material is needed.

In The Home- Bulk purchases can often mean buying too much causing expiration or storing it for a long time.


In The Factory- While transportation is movement, motion is the action. A machine having to open and close for each cycle is Motion waste.

At Home– Looking for a tool while performing a taste is a non value added movement. Adjusting a shirt that is getting ironed is Motion waste. You want to be ironing the shirt, not moving and flattening in the preparation of the ironing process.


In The Factory- Huge form of waste, although it can be spotted quite easily. Machines not performing actions, Humans on their cellphones.

At Home- Waiting for other people to ‘Get Ready’, waiting for water to boil or food to cook. If the waiting is significant, multi-tasking is popular. If waiting during a home task is repetitive, it may be worth optimizing. Although we have phones now, that makes waiting more enjoyable.

Over Processing

Think of Over Processing as “Trying too hard”.

In The Factory– This is irresponsibly exceeding quality expectations. If you are making white lights, creating a light that also changes colors is an unnecessary expense. If you are making a smooth bowl, you might go above and beyond to make the bowl smoother than needed. This costs time and money that could otherwise be passed down to the customer.

At Home- Imagine if you spent all day making a french cuisine for your in-laws, only to find out they are Ohio State fans 😛

Or if you enjoy offbrand 3$ Moscato, buying a more expensive brand because its ‘nicer’. As long as 3$ Moscato meets quality expectations, the extra expense is waste.

Over Production

In The Factory- Making more products than needed. Consider the effects of making 2x more product that is immediately needed. Those products need to be Transported, put in Inventory, and wait to be bought. If your customer changes their buying habits or product specifications, you will be left with Inventory you cannot sell.

At Home- Bulk preparation is fine, as long as its used. If you ever meal prepped so much food that you got sick of it, or it expired, you have over produced.


In The Factory- Defects mean:

  1. Reworking defects out of a product
  2. Scrapping a product

Reworking takes time, often takes material, and is an interruption to a fluid process. Scrapping is the complete loss of product, disposing of the time and material used to create that process.

At Home- Remember that defects must be severe enough to cause extra processing. If you can eat slightly burnt food, that meets quality expectations. If you cut off the burnt part or throw away a batch of burnt food, this is an example of dealing with defects. Defects can also happen on processes, like doing your hair or setting the temperature on your shower.

Examples- Tips To Reduce Waste In Your Life


Transportation is such a gigantic and frequent waste, even drinking water can be optimized to save over 1000 hours in your lifetime.

Transportation is often a repeatable, daily occurrence. I’ve conducted time studies to optimize my route to work. Saving 6 minutes per trip to work adds up to an entire hour a week.

Consider Why you are moving around the house. A spaghetti diagram can be used to visualize transportation during a routine. For this, draw your home layout, put your pen down at a starting point, and dont lift until you finish the routine. Overlap of lines are opportunities to consolidate actions.


Buying/renting too much space. The worst offender is Cash. Having USD means losing value every year to inflation. I havent talked about investment, but I should start. I personally recommend a blend of liquid assets(stocks), tax advantaged accounts(401k and IRA), cryptocurrency, and gold.

Also consider renting things instead of buying. A quarter million dollar mortgage on a vacation home gives you the ability to visit the location of your home. Could that quarter million dollars be spent on vacations ‘Just In Time’? The potentials of investment and constantly changing world makes buying things only when needed very valuable.


It would be a waste of water to clean a car from the wheels to the top. Shuffling through boxes trying to find a tool is waste. Watching water heat up to a boil. These might be difficult to solve immediately, but knowing the waste means thinking toward long term solutions.


While everyone waits, I want to point out a life changer-

Clean while you cook. As you cook dinner, put away dishes, wipe off dirty pans while they are still hot, throw away packaging from ingredients. Do this while you wait for water to boil or while meats and veggies are cooking. Find time, but make sure food doesnt burn.

While waiting, I have a cocktail of information from Instagram, Pinterest, and Reddit. Making the most of this down-time.

Over Processing

Quality is the ‘name of the game’.

How low cost and quick can you live? Can you live off flour? Or do you need a hearty meal of vegetables for your nutrition and sanity?

Tying shoes is a preventable waste. However, if you want to be faster than a shoe horn, you would need to sacrifice style for slip-ons. Do you need nicer shoes to meet a social status?

Consider what is needed, not what your income can afford. If you want a phone with a nice camera, look up phones with great cameras, THEN compare by price. Often people buy the latest iPhone without any research into competitor quality.

Apple Soapbox- I find Apple products a terrible value. Their phones are relatively slow compared to the competition, however iPhones have a fantastic camera. The cost for the phone dwarfs other phones with fantastic cameras. Further limited Apps and no widgets make me wonder what quality metrics people are paying for. The Apple Logo?

Over Production

Buying in bulk can be deceptive. You will often consume more, faster. Think of what happens when you buy a 2L of soda. Or 1750ml of liquor.

This could also be buying things ahead of needing them. You might think you need to buy a dog leash because its on sale, and someday, you might own a dog. However there is a very real risk of losing the leash, it consuming space in your home, motivating you to buy a larger home.


If defects are common, checklists can be used to prevent re-work. This can be used to make sure you leave your room with all the clothing items needed for the day, or make sure you have your lunch, ID, and laptop before going to work.

Starting the shower too hot or cold puts you at high risk for a defect in your morning routine. Solve this by Error Proofing your shower.

Think About Waste

As you do chores around the house, think about moving around, think about expectations. Can you find ways to save seconds on a process or save money on things you enjoy?

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High Per Dollar – The Data – Legal vs Pharma vs Illegal Drugs.

Efficiency- Michael:

Disclaimer: This is a study, may the data be used for Good.

Efficiency is often measured as the ratio of useful output to total input, which can be expressed with the mathematical formula r=P/C, where P is the amount of useful output (“product”) produced per the amount C (“cost”) of resources consumed.

Product Per Cost Of Various Drugs- Data Collection

The data gathered for this study was from peers, it varies by region, person, etc… however the data came out to be significantly more consistent than expected. Hours High Per Dollar seems to come out on an exponential scale rather than linear. This made it forgiving for price differences.

Drug should be pretty straight forward, Situation is how its consumed. IE: 5 Cups of coffee, 1 (one time use), Average Smoker(daily). Duration was close to the average, and rounding up/down taking into consideration half-life and order of reaction.

Remember all of this is user data, if you would like to contribute data, leave a comment and I’ll get it updated.

Hours High Per Dollar

Caffeine Vs Everybody

Warning Caffeine kicks butt. I’m not impartial, I drink 5 Cups of Caffeine a day.

Appetite suppressant, nootropic, and highest High Per Dollar. Caffeine is the best drug, relatively safe, and wildly accessible.

The accessibility of caffeine means many forms of getting the drug. While I used drip coffee, even an expensive trip to a Fast Coffee Shop is lower cost than many alternatives.

Now, Caffeine might not make you forget your existence and decide to live the rest of your life as an Orange- but it can be powerful.

Even with a high tolerance, 5 cups of coffee during work hours will have me focused, excited, and jittery. Plus, who knows, maybe questioning your own existance on psychoactive drugs could be a bad idea. Then again, it is possible to die from caffeine, so- use this data for Good.

Other Oddities

A few things to point out:

  1. Hard Drugs are Bad. Heroin and Cocaine are not very good deals for occupying time
  2. Weed appears lower cost than Alcohol on a “One Off” bases and an addictive habitual use
  3. Prescription drugs vary drastically by type
  4. Your best deal for a daily habit is Caffeine, then Weed, then Alcohol, then Nicotine, then hard drugs.

If there is any interest in deeper studies like a more comprehensive Nicotine or Prescription drug study, comment. My drug use is limited to daily caffeine, alcohol, weed, and occasionally Kava Tea.

Can this be used for Good?

I’m unsure what problems this study can solve.

Could the math behind this encourage better government policy toward drugs?

Could this be used by addicts to attempt to replace an expensive drug with a safer and lower cost alternative?

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Protein Per Second Part 2- Cooking Proteins Fast, Reducing Effort

This article will reduce the cook time of your meals by minutes. Lots of engineering to explain WHY, but I will be sure to bold the tips on how to implement ways to cook food quicker. This uses Chicken for most studies, but this can be replaced with any other meat protein.

The Good-

This topic is going to have a LOT of tips on saving time cooking. The tips saved so much time, it messed with the data 😛

The Bad-

This data is ‘Out Of Control‘. Which means, the data isn’t significant. The data I post on this site is the highest mathematical quality I can possibly create, and I will not post bad data.

My Compromise

I will include the Protein Per Second, however I won’t post it in an Excel file format like I usually do.

Cook Protein Faster – By Method

Science would isolate this problem and find that throwing a few thousand pounds of chicken into Lava would be the fastest way. Engineering has to make this problem applicable. Grills, Stove Boiling, Stove Sauteing/Searing, and Slow Cookers are examined.

Eggs In 4 Minutes

0.11 g Protein Per Second

Methodology for all of these is common. Prep to Clean. Writing down process is something we do in Industrial Engineering.

  1. Take out small pan
  2. Turn on Medium High heat-(Getting anything hot is likely your “Long Lead Task”, do this as early as possible)
  3. Open Fridge, Take out Eggs
  4. Spray Pan with Nonstick
  5. Crack Eggs into pan
  6. Take out lid, place on pan(containing heat will speed up cooking)
  7. Wait 2 minutes, flip(Bonus if you can do this without dirtying a spatula, Minus points if this makes a mess you need to clean up)
  8. Place lid back on, wait another 2 minutes and serve
  9. Clean pan immediately under hot water to reduce sticking.

This can be done faster or slower depending on how you like your eggs cooked. I did this with 4 eggs with the goal of over medium-hard eggs. 27g protein, 4 minutes.

4 Eggs and 9 Sausages and Toast – Breakfast

27g + 21 + 8 g protein in 6 minutes =

0.155g Protein Per Second

Eggs were cooked in a similar way. Warming up sausages and toasting bread to make taste optimal added an extra 2 minutes in prep time. This included taking out 1 extra pan, 1 extra lid, opening and closing the freezer 2 times, and taking out an extra appliance.

The biggest thing to note- Sausages will cook in a similar time regardless if you have 2 or 10.

To understand why, I drew a picture that brought me back to our dreaded ME331 Fluids and Heat Transfer.

The heat from Electric Burner to Pan is a Heat Conduction(Qconduction). Conduction is Contact-To-Contact. Meaning surfaces need to touch completely. The browning of meats require Conduction and absence of water(we will get to that later). Protein touching the surface of the pan is getting more heat than protein that isnt touching the surface.

The air inside the pan is moving heat through Convection(Qconvection). Convection is the air and liquid flowing next to the protein. When you point a fan at you, there is no surface to surface contact, but the air will brush your skin and reduce your temperature.

Convection is especially strong with liquids, which we are going to see further in Boiling.

Keeping the lid on, means water in a pan cannot evaporate into your kitchen, instead water vapor circulates in your pan. If you take the lid off, the hot air and water vapor escapes


Cooking food with a lid ON will cook faster.

Cooking food with a lid OFF will cook slower, but will brown your meat quicker.

(ugly) Chicken With Lid

781g of chicken, cooked in 8 minutes and 15 seconds. Barely brown. 242g protein makes this 0.49 g Protein Per Second.

Similar mentality as above, adding a lid will speed up the cooking process. Cooked on Medium High heat.

Calling it ugly because there is no browning. The Mailliard Reaction when the lid is on. Any moisture kills the browning that gives chicken flavor.

The Alternative:

Fajita Chicken

14 minutes for 1041g chicken. 312g protein and .37g Protein Per Second.

This is some beautiful cooking. Searing both sides of chicken for a near perfect Maillard Reaction. Adding a little vinegar to dissolve the brown Maillard bits stuck to the pan. Adding fajita seasoning and stirring.

Quality comes at a time price.

Boiled Chicken

Despite having massive amounts of convection because boiling water is surrounding chicken, water has a high heat capacity. Instead of cooking the chicken, the heat from the burner is being transferred to the water.

Below is a table for specific heats of materials. Water has a high specific heat, water is more dense than air, and there is significantly more mass to heat up than the same volume of air.

However… once the water is boiling, water is a better conductor of heat.

The most optimal way to boil chicken is to start the water, do something else, come back and drop the chicken in. There will be no mallard reaction, but very quickly chicken will be cooked.

Tip: Use the least amount of water you can get away with.

Oil is also a very popular medium of heat transfer because oil does not boil and can get hotter than water.

If you are going to use oil for frying chicken, take note that at high temperatures, low smoke point oils will begin to smoke and catch fire.

Slow Cooker Chicken

While this technically takes almost 4 hours, this is a favorite because most of this time is inactive. I am considering how to study this given the amount of meat depends on the slow cooker(and who really wants 5lbs of the same meal?). Here are two recipes that take less than 4 minutes to make.

Two recipes:

Pulled Chicken

  1. Turn on a slow cooker
  2. Add 1 Can of Soda Pop
  3. Add as much chicken you want

After 4 hours on high or 6 hours low, the chicken can be shredded and topped with BBQ sauce and placed on a bun or eaten plain.

Sunday Chicken

Here is the recipe, takes a tiny bit longer because there are more ingredients and I suggest cooking rice + veggies. However this is a lazy favorite.

Mass Produced Baked Chicken

1500g in 9.5 minutes =

.81 g protein per second

Cut the fat off and butterflied 1.5 pallets of chicken. 15 minutes in the oven at 350F.

This is potentially misleading because most people arent eating 1500g of chicken out of the oven. It also negates the time in the oven, similar to slow cooker chicken dishes. This was further packaged for later use.

The biggest takeaway: cooking in bulk pays off significantly.

It should be noted that both Ugly Lid On Chicken and Mass Produced Baked Chicken do not produce the Maillard Reaction.

Protein Shake

Homemade protein shake using Myprotin Impact (since it was my highest rated Protein Powder per dollar)

28g protein including milk in 1 minute flat.

.46g protein per second

This actually surprised me, I thought a protein shake would crush all competition. It seems that bulk production of food beats the competition.

Cooking food at a single time reduces the prep and clean up time.

Prep and Cleanup is a significant use of time on many proteins and I will continue to look to optimize further.

Next Steps To Eat Food Faster

An ultimate study of Protein Per Second, including fast food, street vendors, store rotisserie chicken and more is in the works. However different methods of home prep are going to be practically useful.

Tip- If you want to save time on any process, apply metrics to it and study each step. Your home chores will become more enjoyable and completed quicker.

My recommendation is to Meal Prep, the early data shows that is the best way to get as much food cooked in the shortest time

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Pareto Your Hair- How To Save Time On Appearance With The Pareto 80/20 Rule

(Article Note: Much of this focuses on Female Appearance, I suggest all readers understand the methodology because the examples of female appearance will explain the Pareto Principle.)

Efficiency- Michael:

Mrs. Efficiency can be hostile to change. When I was experimenting and threw in chopped spinach to an Alfredo Sauce, she outright refused until she tasted it.

Last week she was dreading straightening her hair, a 30 minute task for her thick, straight/wavy hair. After some reluctance to a new idea, we found a way to save 23 minutes.

And… Husbands, I’m sure your Wives will love to hear that you have an idea to get them ready more quickly. /s

This is a very serious reminder- Change will require buy-in, its important to understand why.

Pareto Principle- 80% Of The Problem Comes From 20% Of The Sources

I’ve begun sewing, tailoring my own clothing, and making stuff. However, I ‘half-ass it’. I rarely use pins, and I draw dots rather than connecting lines.

My first time sewing I couldn’t believe how much time I spent preparing. I wondered if it was even necessary. After a trial run of minimal preparation, my shirt came out looking great. 80% of my shirt being too big had to do with the seam location, not the stretch or straightness of the seam. 20% of what I was actually spending time on was sewing a new seam.

Pareto Principle– 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. As a Process Engineer, we used this in our plant to decide which daily problems we’d focus on.


‘I OneFifth-Ass It’

Save Time Straightening Hair

When I look at Misses Efficiency, I see the outside of her hair, and a little bit on the inside layers. 20% of the sources cause 80% of the problems.

We tested this, only straightening the outside of her hair.

As it finished I wasn’t that impressed, I thought she’d need to straighten more. She put some sort of oily spray in her hair, combed it, and her hair looked like a model’s.

The problem wasn’t that her heir needed to be straightened, the problem was that the outside of her hair needed to be straightened.

Sure, there are probably benefits from doing another 25 minutes of work. But in 7 minutes her hair went from Bed to:



This took 7 minutes!

Save Time On Makeup

This is a topic worth studying on its own, however I’m 1 degree away away from understanding. I am unable to spend my commute thinking about if blush adds enough color to warrant the time. Or maybe Color is one of the most important things for appearance.

Ideas for variables to change.

  1. Limit yourself. Pick only a few pieces of makeup to put on. Change these every morning until you find some that work
  2. Pick one problem to knock out. Acne? Focus only on that? Or maybe Acne isnt a big deal and skin color makes a significantly bigger impact, skip the concealer.
  3. Skip fine details, rush through it, but put all of your makeup on. This eliminates the ‘careful’ time, maybe if you add enough makeup, you don’t need to be careful?

Change something every morning, or practice a method when you find something optimal.

Guy Hair

Do anything.

As most men dont do anything. 1-2 minutes of work puts you into the top 20%.

If you are bald, shave.

Engineers, Tailor Your Shirts

(Optional soapbox, but my shirts look great)

Engineers, I have been playing with a sewing machine and I’m going to put the knowledge of a 19 year old girl, a few Youtube Videos, and Misses Efficiency, in our terms.

If the sewing machine isn’t working, turn it off and turn it back on. Seriously- Reroute the threads completely. An engineer designed this thing and they made it pretty easy too. The manuals are well done and have tons of pictures with great work instructions.

I watched this 4 minute video about 4 times and I learned to tailor my first shirt. The first shirt turned out great and I’ve been tailoring through my wardrobe.

Hope you guys don’t mind the super casual photos, uh… Efficiency?

What Will You Optimize?

Humans naturally take easy routes and shortcuts. However, consciously finding the 80% that actually matters will save you hours and potentially weeks of your life.

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INFINITY Calories Per Dollar – AKA Free Food

Efficiency- Michael: Quick Math

1 Calorie / 0$ = infinity

(technically this doesn’t equal infinity, but rather approaches infinity however – no calculus until after dinner)

Originally I thought this was going to be silly – telling people to eat sugar at their local coffee store, but I think there is something fascinating about

  1. How much time people will spend for free food
  2. Companies advertise to you in exchange for food
  3. How the easiest sources of free food are the least nutritious

I often see engineer’s cubicles have this printed:


Pick Two

Given those, there are all sorts of ways to classify each ‘deal’.

Free Sources

  • Socially acceptable
    Infinity Calories Per Dollar

    Infinity Calories Per Dollar

    • Work food
      • Donuts/Snacks/Baked goods
      • Events
      • Team Lunches
    • Free Samples
      • Costco/Sams Club
      • Mail in samples
      • Free after Rebate
  • Work
    • Gardening
    • Hunting/Trapping
    • Foraging
    • Begging
    • Volunteer opportunities
  • Illegal/Immoral
    • Theft
    • Unnecessarily going to a food bank
  • Not actually free, but an incentive
    • Buy One Get One Free
    • Coupons
    • Reward programs
    • Birthday Deals
      • Often involve tipping, or bringing others along to pay full price

Non Free Sources Of Infinity Calories Per Dollar (Theoretical)

These assume either Sunk Cost, or Calories are infinite (infinity/30$ is still tending towards infinity)

  • All-You-Can-Eat
  • Free Refills
  • Taking receipt surveys
    • Costs money at point of service
  • Wedding/party food
    • You were going to go to the wedding anyway
  • Restaurant Freebies
    • Sugar Packets
    • Coffee Creamers
    • Ketchup/Condiment Packets
    • Candy/Mints
    • Parmesan packets from Pizza Places
      • Shoutout to Jaci who said you can use this to make a ‘good enough’ grilled cheese
    • Salsa +Chips
    • Bread + Olive Oil
    • Free Refills on Drinks



Right away, there are a few things that caught my attention:

There is a fine line between frugal and theft, I don’t feel bad about taking an extra few sugar packets, but I don’t think its right to take all of the sugar packets.

Deals are misleading

  • Buy one get one free, is not actually free.
  • Coupons/rewards usually require an expensive upfront cost.

Unless you are walking to a location, gasoline costs money.

There is time cost to doing any of these. How often do you drive by the place you have a coupon on the way home from work?


Final Takeaways

Upon doing this I decided – its SOOO much easier, tastier, and healthier to just cook food.

We eat for ~3$/day and personally, I’d put more time into looking for a higher paying job before signing up for Red Robin Birthday Coupons.

My exception is Work Food and Sunk Cost when they are healthy. I’ve outgrown work’s weekly donuts, but I’m a sucker for protein filled sandwiches. Regarding the chips and salsa, I can’t tell if I love salsa or I love getting Infinity Calories Per Dollar.

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