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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:14am

GRATIAS: When Productivity Gets Messy

There is discomfort, and mess, that can result when a person is behaving productively.  Here are three reasons why being productive really stinks sometimes.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:05am

GRATIAS: 3 Tools to Overcome Feelings of Helplessness at Work

Sometimes we want to be more productive but feel powerless to effect change. Here are some tools to help you overcome feeling helpless at work.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:30am
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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:00am

GRATIAS: Email Overload - The Dangers of CC and Reply All

Spam filters will not save you from colleagues who over-copy or are trigger happy with Reply All. Here are some tips to escape email CC nightmares.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:03pm

GRATIAS: 5 Acts of Kindness that will Make You More Productive

Kindness starts with the person in the mirror. And, kindness leads to amazing things, like world peace and personal productivity!

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:01am
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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 2:04pm

GRATIAS: The Rainmaker’s Rainmaker

Gold Time is a term given to the time you spend working on tasks that are important but not urgent. Robin Hensley, president of Raising the Bar, both practices and preaches the benefits of Gold Time.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:49am

GRATIAS: A Review of Electronic Time Management Tools

A key feature of a task management tool is how well it integrates with email. Here is my review of 7 electronic to-do systems.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 12/29/2016 - 7:48am

Goodbye 2016!

Don’t waste this time. Yes, the year-end is in sight, but think about Olympic track athletes – they lean forward when they cross the finish line.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 12/16/2016 - 8:46am

GRATIAS: How to Reduce the Hectic in the Holidays

Using a few organizing tools can contribute to an enjoyable holiday season. I hope these tips will help you reduce your stress.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 8:48am

GRATIAS: Finishing Well

So much clutter – mental and physical – is caused by not finishing well. We jump to another project, idea, or distraction and leave the prior task undone.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 8:26am

GRATIAS: Lessons Learned from Failure (and success!)

I set a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) to write a book. I failed. But then I succeeded. Here is what I learned along the way...

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 7:38am

GRATIAS: The 3 Biggest Productivity Problems

I was recently asked: What do you think are the biggest problems companies have that affect productivity? Here is my response...

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 8:48am

GRATIAS: Productivity Tips from the Assembly Line – Part Two!

I am so lucky to have the opportunity to speak to people across the country.  I returned to one of my clients, an automobile assembly plant, to deliver a day-long productivity seminar. However, I wasn’t the only productivity expert in the room!

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 9:26am

GRATIAS: Home vs. Stuff vs. the Hurricane

Matthew was the world’s worst tourist.  He acted like he owned the place, made a mess, left, and forced the locals to clean up after him.  Walking through my house for perhaps the last time really put my “stuff” in perspective.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:06am

GRATIAS: Productive (!) Retirement

For some, retirement is an administrative process of receiving benefits that were hard-earned. For others, it is a career change. This is Susan Lowrey-Flaherty's story...

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 8:38am

GRATIAS: Do This, Not That.

You know this, but I have to restate it from time to time:  without good time management skills, you will just give more and more hours to your job.  Those hours are deducted from your personal life.  Excess stress and work/life imbalance are often the result.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 7:53am

GRATIAS: How to Handle the Someday/Maybe Projects

There are always projects that lurk in the back of your mind and you think “I’ll do this someday…maybe.”  You don’t need to start them now, nor do you want to forget about them altogether.  So, what’s a dreamer to do?  Keep a Someday/Maybe list!  Here's how...

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 9:23am

GRATIAS: 10 Secrets to Success in the Entertainment Industry

Veronica DiPippo has had a great career in one of the most challenging professional arenas in the world.  How has she accomplished this? According to Veronica: If I had to sum up the 10 things pertaining to time management, organization and productivity that allowed me to achieve a certain level of success, they would be that I...