The best thing that we have done in our kitchen is the use of little bowls. We must have 4 sets of little bowls that we use in cooking. for separating out ingredients and having them ready when we need them in the cooking process.
This nice little cutting board/bowl by Kain Lucas of Ute Australian Design is a evolution of that idea. Taking cooking and anal retention to a whole new level...now to get all of the chopped pieces sized exactly the same.