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 25+ years of corporate and small business management experience, being a mom has taught me the importance of being organized, setting priorities, and balancing work and life.
In 2007, it occurred to me that other businesspeople 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 coach, speaker, and writer. 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.
Okay, it is really time to stop.
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Melissa Gratias, Ph.D
Dr. Gratias is a productivity specialist 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.
What do people say about working with me?
Melissa delivered a 4-hour productivity workshop to our management team, focused on time management and Outlook productivity tips. She is informative, engaging, funny, and she really, really knows Out... Read More
Within a single session of focused effort I was able to painlessly eliminate over 11,000 worthless emails. I can already see that this is going to be extremely beneficial to my career and my sanity ... Read More
Based on word of mouth recommendations from other companies Melissa had assisted, [my firm] hired Melissa to assist with planning for our move, paper reduction efforts, and email grooming. I was very ... Read More
At work, I am using my [to-do list] regularly. My desk remains clutter free. I continue to be aware not to “front load” [my priorities] and am becoming better at estimating time frames. I still am... Read More
The most beneficial/valuable thing that I learned was that all of the paper is not needed, we have just been taught that way. A paradigm shift is needed to enhance our ability to be resourceful instead... Read More