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

Are you frustrated by unfinished tasks and projects? Listen to Dr. Gratias as she expands on her concept of “Finish the job!”



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

There is one micro ritual that is helpful throughout the day to manage tasks outside of the opening and closing rituals. It is called, “finish the job.” Often, disorganization and feelings of overwhelm are caused by a sense that little has been accomplished or finished. Part of this is due to the fact that a typical task on a knowledge worker’s Today List cannot or will not be completed today. A list that is filled with once-and-done tasks (and the resulting adrenaline rush that comes from checking them all off) is more likely to occur with non-managerial, very entry-level jobs.


The task itself may not be completely done, but you can still finish the job (for now) by clearing your mind, computer, and work surface in preparation for the next to-do item.

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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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