Sometimes you feel like it’s Groundhog Day: you wake up with great intentions to smash through your to-do list, and then it’s somehow four in the afternoon and you’re still in your pyjamas. Again.
While productivity is easy to plan for, actually executing it can be a little harder. So what’s the golden secret? From Paralympian Ellie Cole to actress Ada Nicodemou, here are seven pieces to the jigsaw puzzle of productivity.
1. Invest in a diary.
For Sally Obermeder, having a diary to schedule things in is a must (plus, it’s an excuse to go stationery shopping!)
“I’m a mad scheduler because I just find there’s no other way to slot things in and I do like to work in advance, so this is the best way to map out everything going on,” she says.
But while it’s good to try and stick to it, the TV host says it’s important to accept there are some things you just can’t plan for. “Things don’t always go to plan, things go wrong, balls get dropped. So what? That’s life,” she says.
“It’s very hard to keep 10 balls in the air at the same time easily … those ones that were down go up, the ones that were up come down and that’s just how I do it.” (Post continues after gallery.)