Do You Have Challenges Managing Time, Organizing, or Planning?

Don’t worry, we all do! But when you learn how to manage your time, you have greater control over your life. You can meet deadlines, be on time, coordinate a busy schedule and reduce the stress in your life.

Manage your time with support of your executive functions

How is your time management?

What we do, when we do it and how we get it done are controlled by the executive functions of the brain. Do you have difficulty keeping your life (and stuff) organized? Is it hard to plan and prioritize your day? Are you frustrated with a lack of motivation or letting others down? You can learn how to do all these things and keep both time and task in order.

Our approach to time management, organization and planning is entirely brain-based. In our courses, you understand how your brain is wired and how to work with your strengths – and weaknesses. Together, we train your brain to retain and use the visual tools/strategies that will help you reach your goals.

Would You Like To Improve Your Time Management and/or Planning?

We currently have a three-hour Time Management class and a two-hour Planning class.
Businesses/Organizations: We can bring our existing curriculum to you – whether you are in the Portland Metro area, the Pacific NW, California – or beyond. We work with directors, executive assistants, managers, case workers, medical personnel, real estate agents, lawyers, receptionists, and coders as well as people who are never behind a desk. Students report that our classes are interesting, high-level, and refreshingly UNlike any other trainings. If you prefer a customized training, classes can be tailored to meet your objective, timeframe and budget. Find out more here.
Individuals: Classes are taught in person in the Portland Metro area and Northern California.
View our ongoing Oregon Time Management and Planning classes.

Raise your productivity (without the stress) and learn how to:

  • • Show up on time with ease
  • • Plan your day effectively and efficiently
  • • Plan for future events
  • • Stop losing/wasting time
  • • Get started on tasks you keep putting off
  • • Manage daily details


Adults & Families: Do You Need More Extensive Executive Functioning Support?

Take the private, six week Seeing My Time® program! This is an innovative, brain-based approach to the life skills of time management, organization and planning and was developed by executive function expert Marydee Sklar. In this course, students learn about the brain and how to support it with visual tools and strategies. Participants learn how to organize their piles and thoughts as well as their lives.
Families: Parents report that their children are able to deliver what they need to – on time and with far less stress. Participants aged 12+ must attend with at least one parent. Read more about the private one-on-one family course.
Adults: This is an excellent course for adults who are struggling with their executive functioning skills around employment. Read more about the private one-on-one course for adults.

We Offer The Following Options

To Support Your Time Management, Organization & Planning Skills

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What Attendees in Our Classes Say…

“I loved the instructor, the class, material, the way the information was communicated. I left the class feeling energized, motivated, and positive with several takeaways.”
Happy Time Management client - City of Portland“I really appreciate that your training focused on the basics: do not multitask, do one thing at a time, reverse engineer projects from the desired outcome, do your best be present.”
“I LOVED this workshop – applications for both personal and professional life. I’ve used several tactics already.”
“I loved the class, wish I could of participated in the full version. The workbook was helpful and made implementing some of what I learned right away [easier]. The science behind how our brains work in relationship to the topic was fascinating. It also justified my need for physical and visual tools outside of current mobile technology. I also loved sharing what I learned with others.”
“I thought the workshop was very well organized and very helpful! Mary Ellen is great at personalizing the ideas and strategies in the moment so people understand.”
“I have been applying the techniques suggested in the class and it has a made a huge difference in my accomplishments throughout the work day.”
“I found the information very useful and helpful. I have new tools to use for managing my time and projects.”
“I really enjoyed and benefited from this class. I went straight home and used the time cube and the time circles with my son and he has been using them every day with homework.”
“I liked the course.”
“I got a lot out of the training. Thank you!”

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Mary Ellen is wonderful! She created trainings for us that were relevant, engaging, and applicable, and she is an absolute pleasure to work with. She’s responsive, organized (of course!), flexible, and really committed to doing excellent work. She worked hard to make sure she understood the different roles and needs of various staff groups, meeting with supervisors and gathering information, so that she could design trainings that were tailored to the specific needs of each group. Her training style is approachable and interactive, and it’s clear she has deep knowledge and expertise of her subject. She uses lots of stories and examples to help trainees understand the content, and staff especially appreciated how interactive the sessions were.

In the training environment, it was great to be able to think about and plan for how the new skills could be applied on the job. We will absolutely work with Mary Ellen again and can’t recommend her highly enough.
~ Rebecca Koon, Training and Equity Coordinator

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In one three hour class, Mary Ellen introduced me to a number of tools and techniques that have simplified my life, enabling me to create order and serenity where there was disorder and anxiety, and to make progress in areas where I’d been stuck.

I’m no longer drowning in a mountain of minutiae and piles of papers, and the things that I want and need to get done are getting done–all of which makes life much more relaxing and satisfying. And perhaps best of all, Mary Ellen has made it fun!
~ Laurie Hoff Schaad

I’ve struggled my whole life with distraction and procrastination, especially in work situations with challenging, unclear projects and tasks. I spent a couple of afternoons with Mary Ellen figuring out what was getting in my way . . . and what I could do about it. I’ve since implemented several of the tools that I learned from her and things are much improved! And she was fun to work with. Highly recommended for anyone with similar challenges.
~ Bill Hefferman

Some of our clients:

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