In this video, Dr. Melissa Gratias reads an excerpt from her book, ‘Establish Rituals…you deserve 15 minutes of control‘. Are you struggling with forming new, good habits? Listen to Dr. Gratias as she explains why rituals may be more productive than habits.

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

Habits and rituals are close cousins.  Author Charles Duhigg describes a cycle of habit formation that includes a cue, routine, and reward.  A cue is a trigger for a particular, habitual behavior.  The routine is the habit, and the reward is a positive outcome resulting from the habit.  Rituals tend to be more intentional and “checklist-y” rather than the subconscious behaviors reminiscent of habits, but both can be triggered by environmental cues and reinforced with rewards.  However, while habits typically take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to become established, rituals can be scheduled on your calendar.  Habits and rituals are both self-rewarding if performing them leads directly to something desirable, such as stress-reduction or better performance.  Rituals can be approached more proactively than habits and adapted as appropriate to fit an unpredictable situation.

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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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