When preparing to cook, make sure you have a game plan. Being unorganized in the kitchen can be very frustrating. Organization is essential. Place your saucepan or skillet on the stove. Measure out all of your spices, chopped herbs or vegetables and put them in bowls. Lay them out in the order they will be used in the recipe. When you have all of your tools and ingredients ready, it makes cooking much more enjoyable.