About Dr. Melissa
I was not born organized.
I became organized through years of self-education and trial-and-error early in my career.
I graduated from Wake Forest University using a weekly calendar and eventually earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. But even more than my 20+ years of corporate and small business management experience, being a mother has taught me the importance of being organized, setting priorities, and balancing work and life.
In 2007, it occurred to me that other business people shouldn’t have to struggle with getting organized like I did, so I quit my corporate job and hung out my shingle as a productivity psychologist. Since then, I have helped thousands of businesspeople nationwide maximize their effectiveness, balance their priorities, and generate outstanding results.
Here are some things that I love: my family (of course – all else pales in comparison), helping overworked and underappreciated people (this is my business site after all), my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (his name is Dobby), cooking in a crock pot, and Spanish moss (minus the chiggers).
I dislike raw onions and the feeling that I may have let someone down. I believe that perfectionism is a key cause of disorganization, and I blame my ridiculously unattainable desire to be perfect for the struggles I often have to manage my time and not overbook myself. Yes, even organized folks have these struggles.
If you are still reading, then it’s probably time to stop.
Still here? Hey, how about we connect on Twitter, Facebook, and/or LinkedIn? I like to post 140-character-or-less tips on being organized and productive on social media. You know – because all you really need to know about life can be summarized in 140 characters. Totally.
Okay, it is really time to stop.
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Melissa Gratias, Ph.D
Dr. Gratias is a productivity psychologist who finds life-affirming messages in Muppet movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. Despite being a time management expert, she can’t read a watch very well. Follow @melissagratias on Twitter, but don’t ask her what time it is.