One of the drawbacks to cooking a roast in the middle of the week can be how long it takes. A quick way to reduce the cooking time of a whole chicken is to spatchcock it. Flattening the chicken out shortens the cooking time to just 45 minutes.
It might be look sexy to thrash a knife about on a a steel to sharpen it but the truth is you don’t have to work with any speed to sharpen a knife effectively. Not to mention that without a hell of a lot of practice it is incredibly unsafe.