Do you remember when Grammy used to make you take out the fish or conch or chicken and leave it in the sink overnight. Albeit extremely dangerous and unsafe this was what we call in the kitchen getting your set up ready.
Or simpler; when she cut up all the vegetables, precooked her peas and soaked salt beef before going to church without fully cooking anything. That's mise en place. A culinary term that simply means make sure you have all you need. No messing around. Throw in a few explicits and you would be in the center of any kitchen before service time.
Therefore, as important as l the phrase is to learn, it is even more important to execute. Whether at home or in a professional kutchen or cooking at the family summer bbq the term MISE EN PLACE is one for you to know and love from now!