Vampire Diaries's Ian Somerhalder Shares His Productivity Mantra

The Vampire Diaries star shares how he organizes the tasks that suck his time.

He may play a smug centuries-old vampire on TV, but Ian Somerhalder says at the end of the day, his mountain of emails and ideas can make him feel like a zombie.

The Vampire Diaries actor's 15 hours of shooting is only part of the day's tasks. Hundreds of emails, phone calls, and lists of things to accomplish wait off-set.

He says he makes notes on whiteboards stuck to the walls all over his house, and sends photos of things to remember to assistants—anything to keep important items from slipping through the cracks.

That way, when he gets to the world of Mystic Falls, he's able to focus on being the best blood-sucker he can. "I get to set, and I have to focus on my job," he says, having organized the rest of the day's demands to allow for insulation from the outside world during shooting. "When I'm on set, I have to just focus on my show."

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  • IAN SOMERHALDER, MUCHOS TE ADMIRAMOS POR LO QUE HACES POR TRATAR DE TENER UN MUNDO MEJOR , ADEMAS DE FELICITARTE POR SER MUY BUEN ACTOR Y SER COMO RESE , APARTE DE TAN IRRESISTIBLEMENTE ATRACTICO,GUAPO Y AYYYYYYY. un saludo desde CHILE , QUE TE AMAMOS MUCHO.

  • ...I don't see a actual "mantra" anywhere in this article. Sending whiteboard selfies to assistants doesn't qualify. C'mon FC; you can do better than this. Kat

  • Ian, truly you are setting out to not only make a difference, but to train and guide others to do the same. Gotta so have focus , a plan & goals to make a change Trail blazing is not for the weak but is for the "Brave hearts", the visionary s. So thrilled to see such amazing young people that are inspiring taking the helm.