In this video, Dr. Melissa Gratias reads an excerpt from her book, Corral Your To-Dos…and don’t rely on your brain – at all.

Are you falling into the memory trap? Listen to Dr. Gratias as she expands on her concept of capacity limits and why using memory as your to-do list will fail.



Excerpt from Corral Your To-Dos…and don’t rely on your brain – at all:

Do you decide what to do by scanning your memory banks looking for tasks to which you need to attend? In crazy working environments, memory is an unreliable method of managing your time. If you are trying to keep a mental list of to-do items, then you may experience those panicky moments of “Oh no! I’ve forgotten to do _______!” And, those moments typically happen during times of relaxation or even sleep. Reliance on memory is a trap filled with stress and unpredictability.


Why is memory a faulty time management tool? The human brain is not able to recall the bulk of the things you expect it to – there are capacity limits.

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Dr. Melissa GratiasMelissa Gratias (pronounced “Gracious”) used to think that productivity was a result of working long hours. And, she worked a lot of hours. Then, she learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait. Now, Melissa is a productivity expert who coaches and trains other businesspeople to be more focused, balanced, and effective. She is a prolific writer and speaker who travels the world helping people change how they work and improve how they live. Contact her at or 912-417-2505. Sign up to receive her productivity tips via email.



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