OK, so let’s get one thing straight. Nobody, not anybody, get’s everything done every day.
Once you know this you can stop beating yourself up and decide what you will focus on and what will slide by the wayside.
You (probably) don’t have a bottomless pit of money so you decide what you will spend it on and what you won’t – so why can’t you do the same with your time?
That unproductive meeting, the reports that nobody really reads or the gossip by the coffee machine. Decide what’s got to give and start spending more time on the things that make the cut.
I (accept) defeat but that’s fine because it’s the best way to manage my time.