In this video, Dr. Melissa Gratias reads an excerpt from her book, Love Your Calendar…and be monogamous. Are you struggling with work/life balance? Listen to Dr. Gratias as she expands on her concept of setting fences around your time.


Excerpt from Love your Calendar…and be monogamous

Build Fences:  Set Boundaries on your Available Time

Imagine that your day starts with a completely blank calendar page.  Every hour is discretionary.  You have now entered the Twilight Zone, and if you are familiar with this classic sci-fi TV show, you’ll know that the events are often disturbing.  An unboundaried calendar is a dangerous thing, and when partnered with mobile devices that allow 24/7 access, will most likely lead to a frenetic life where future goals and priorities are abandoned in favor of the urgencies of the present.


Picture a 24-acre parcel of land.  Building appropriate boundaries around your time starts with fencing in your work and non-work hours.  The first fenced-in area is your work yard – the primary block of time where your focus and presence is directed toward work.  How many acres/hours will you fence in for that?

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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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