About Me

I was not born organized.

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I became organized through years of self-education and trial-and-error early in my career.

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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.

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Melissa Gratias, Ph.D

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?

I have been very satisfied with Melissa’s work on the two occasions that I hired her, but most significantly the last time when I was taking over as head of my division. Her advice on organizing my ... Read More

General Counsel

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

Compliance Manager

Have utilized Melissa on an ongoing basis to improve my business and how my partners, staff, and I function more efficiently together. She has the unique ability to teach old dogs new tricks and we wo... Read More

Business Owner

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 Outloo... Read More

Operational Analyst

Melissa came to us to help eliminate the paper overflow that we experience. She never told us what to do, but worked really well in explaining and demonstrating how certain papers don’t add value to... Read More

Attorney