About Me

I was not born organized or productive.

<gasp>

I became organized and productive through years of self-education and trial-and-error early in my career.

<sigh>

I learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait.

 

I graduated from Wake Forest University using a weekly calendar and eventually earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  But even more than my 25+ years of corporate and small business management experience, being a mom has taught me the importance of being organized, setting priorities, and balancing work and life.

In 2007, it occurred to me that other businesspeople shouldn’t have to struggle with getting organized like I did, so I quit my corporate job and hung out my shingle as a productivity coach, speaker, and writer. Since then, I have helped thousands of businesspeople nationwide maximize their effectiveness, balance their priorities, and generate outstanding results.

Here are some things that I love:

  • My family (of course – all else pales in comparison)
  • Helping overworked and underappreciated people (this is my business after all)
  • My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (his name is Dobby)
  • That my husband does all the grocery shopping (I cook the food)
  • Outlook Tasks (sometimes Trello)

I dislike raw onions and the feeling that I may have let someone down.  I believe that perfectionism is a key cause of disorganization, and I blame my ridiculously unattainable desire to be perfect for the struggles I often have to manage my time and not overbook myself.  Yes, even organized folks have these struggles.

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Melissa Gratias, Ph.D

Melissa Gratias, Ph.D

Dr. Gratias is a productivity specialist who finds life-affirming messages in Muppet movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes.  Despite being a time management expert, she can’t read analog clocks well at all.  Follow @melissagratias on Instagram, but don’t ask her what time it is.

What do people say about working with me?

Melissa’s expertise has been very valuable to my business particularly for human resources issues within my small business. Melissa has helped me evaluate my firm’s goals, policies, procedures and... Read More

Attorney/Business Owner

Melissa Gratias is the office-mate we all need. ​Melissa had me change the way I was thinking about tasks, and streamlined the roughly 400 processes/softwares I had to keep up with deadlines, project... Read More

Melanie O., Director of Taxation

I have been very satisfied with Melissa’s work on the two occasions that I hired her, but most significantly the last time when I was taking over as head of my division. Her advice on organizing my ... Read More

General Counsel

Melissa is a gifted and perceptive coach. I started working with Melissa about a year ago when I was stressed out and overwhelmed. She helped me sort out the overwhelm by both specific work tactics an... Read More

Mike Derobio, Owner
Datahax

Hollywood comes South, beauty and brains with a killer smile that teaches better methods and processes in time management, planning, overcoming barriers, and being more successful and productive as an... Read More

Marshall Tuck, Corporate Small Business Officer
Gulfstream Aerospace