The one lesson I’ve learned from life: Comedian Katy Brand says putting things off is a recipe for stress

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  • Katy Brand, 42, who lives in London, known for her shows on ITV
  • Comedian admits she was a terrible procrastinator when she was younger
  • She’s More Measured About How She Acts Since Growing Up

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42 year old actress and comedian Katy Brand best known for Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show on ITV. He has also written two memoirs and a novel. She lives in London with her husband, a former lawyer, and a six-year-old son. He also has a 22-year-old stepdaughter.

I was a terrible procrastinator when I was younger. I loved the adrenaline dropping everything at the last minute and staying up all night to meet the deadline. It was like a strange dare I set myself. But, I realized that I was living in a perpetual state of adrenalized chaos. It was probably related to performance and stand-up comedy—the feeling of almost failing and then pulling it back. Sometimes I didn’t pull it back, I really failed.


As I got older, I had to accept that my body wasn’t ready to deal with it every day. You get sick and your immune system doesn’t work as well. Now I am more measured with how I work. There is a real joy in doing something in the right way, at the right time.

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Katy Brand, 42, (pictured) who lives in London, reveals how she stopped being a procrastinator that leaves everything at the last minute

I love the saying of Mary Poppins: ‘A good start is half done’. If you make a good start there is no work. It is the dreaded impending thing you fear, and it has to be done in a hurry to finish. Make your bed, make the nursery neat, have an ordered home.

Running my own routine every day made me realize the importance of getting up, showering and having breakfast at a set time before starting work.

As a writer, I like to keep my desk clear of anything other than my computer. When I was little, there were piles of stuff everywhere. Now I do my paperwork early in the morning instead of sitting there thinking about it for six hours.

I clean up as I go along and do the dishwasher before we go to bed.

No longer being a procrastinator, I have become happier and more productive. When I finished my first book, I wrote a script on fiction about two people in a hotel room. It’s just been filmed with Emma Thompson as Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. This never happens with my old way of working.

If you can take a little time to settle your environment, or your mind, you’ll actually have a lot more room for something more spontaneous and even a little chaotic.

Practically Perfect: Life Lessons from Mary Poppins by Katy Brand (£9.99, HQ) is out now.


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