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’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 was very helpful to offer new ideas to get better organized and handle all the paper that our busy legal practice produces. Helping us use the tools we already had, but didn’t know how to us... Read More

Legal Assistant

Thank you so much for your time and insight.  My mother always said, “Believe half of what you hear and all of what you see.”  Well, I SEE the difference you have made within our management team... Read More

VP and Division Head

I had the pleasure of recently working with Melissa, and it was both a rewarding and enjoyable experience. She is remarkable when it comes to enhancing productivity and improving time management, and ... Read More

Corporate VP

Gratias is not just her name but also her attitude! Melissa is gracious in sharing her time, knowledge and expertise. She is a wonderful role model who continually strives for balance in her own life ... Read More

Owner/CEO