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 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.