In this video, Dr. Melissa Gratias reads an excerpt from her book, Establish Rituals…you deserve 15 minutes of control.

Do you feel like your work day never ends? Listen to Dr. Gratias as she expands on the concept of a Closing Ritual to wind down from work and prepare for tomorrow.



Excerpt from Establish Rituals…you deserve 15 minutes of control.

There was a time when leaving work was signified by removing a punch card with your name on it from a slot on the wall, inserting it into a time clock, hearing a CHING! sound, and replacing the card back on the wall. The logical conclusion of that four-step ritual was that work was over. Today, we have productivity tools, such as smartphones and tablets that give us continual connectivity to work. We never clock out. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Good Technology found that more than 80% of people work an average of seven additional hours per week after leaving the office.


Old school time clocks involved three sensory experiences: the feel of the paper card, the sight of the mechanism on the wall, and the reassuring CHING! sound when the card was successfully time stamped. Your closing ritual can contain similar elements.


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Dr. Melissa Gratias, MBG Organizing SolutionsDr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at or call 912-417-2505. Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website,

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