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 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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