Testimonials from Non-Managerial Professionals

Technology has resulted in non-managerial roles that are as diverse as the individuals filling them.  Almost all individual contributors have a variety of “hats” that they wear:  subject matter expert, project manager, work producer, consultant, analyst, etc.  Below you will find some feedback from fellow individual contributors who have found strategies for dealing with their multiple, competing priorities by working with Dr. Melissa Gratias.

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I’m so glad I got the chance to work with you – it has been a huge benefit to my organization at work and has even inspired some reorganization at home. I am fully using the task feature in Outlook now as my sole task system. It’s working great and I can definitely see productivity increases.  ~ Operational Analyst

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During our session and since I’ve been able to purge enough emails to reduce my file size tremendously.  I also learned that I can effectively file and save my remaining (read ‘necessary’) emails in far fewer folders, and that I don’t have to “reply to all” or copy myself when responding to emails.  The changes I’ve made are increasing my productivity and improving my effectiveness in the conduct of my job duties.  ~ Consultant

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I learned from Melissa that managing my email should not be a job and if I continue to be organized, my email will not take control of me, but I will be in control of my email. ~Support Technician

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I used to hate filing things because I could never remember where I put it when I needed it. I walked Melissa through my daily activities and she helped me come up with a solution that worked for me! I am now more comfortable with filing and can easily decide where to put things pretty quickly, and they are easily located when I need them.  ~Support Technician

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The training was very useful to me and assisted me in changing my thinking regarding how to manage my email more effectively.  I have found myself to be much more productive by not shifting gears in the middle of working on an assignment. ~HR Consultant

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I am proud to say that my inbox is still at 0 as well as my sent items. Your tips are still helpful to me and I love that I’m more organized! ~ I owe it all to you!   ~ Support Technician

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Melissa is very skilled at tailoring her advice to be highly relevant to the subject matter at hand. I have found her recommendations to be very effective in improving my organizational methodology and productivity.  ~Compliance Consultant

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It was an eye-opening experience that I consider to be very valuable to me both personally and professionally. ~Operational Consultant

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I wanted to thank you for sitting with me and to let you know that the next day I took the plunge and deleted over 3K emails, I now have less than 2K in my inbox and they are all related to the last 5 months.  I am working on them also.  ~Financial Analyst

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Thank you so much for your help on my individual session. I really like seeing my work surface!!!!! I really think I will be able to decrease my stress level and increase my productivity. It will take a few days but am excited about the whole process. ~Administrative Support

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I have always considered myself an organized person. However, I was not organized in an effective and efficient manner. Now, my Inbox is nearly empty at any given point during the day. I have really benefited from Melissa’s assistance and training on utilizing the Tasks function in Outlook. Making changes to my paper filing system has also improved my efficiency.  I have never been so organized and efficient in my 20 year plus career. ~Auditor

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I love my task manager in Outlook. This is a blessing. I used to write on sticky notes all over the place and mark my read emails as unread so that I could remember processing the request. Outlook has been a great asset and allows me to be more productive because I don’t lose the sticky notes and I don’t forget. ~Operational Consultant

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