I had the good fortune of being raised by a mother with well-developed executive functioning skills. She kept a daily list of To Dos, a family calendar, and a happy home that was very much in order – in spite of seven kids with seven agendas. I guess it’s no surprise that one of my favorite jobs was coordinating events where I could plan, prioritize and organize to my heart’s content.
In 2016, I started working with young people in their 20s helping them to launch. Very quickly, it became apparent that they needed easy-to-understand, concrete tools/strategies in order to more successfully manage their time, organize their lives, and plan for the future. These tools were laid out beautifully in a program developed by Marydee Sklar (Executive Functioning Success) called Seeing My Time®. Marydee spent almost 20 years creating this remarkable, innovative six-week program so I jumped on board and learned it as well. My training includes certificates of completion from both the Teaching Seeing My Time® Professional Training and Building Executive Function Skills in the Classroom.
Then, to my great delight, Marydee invited me to co-teach Family Group Courses with her in 2017 and 2018. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to teach (and of course, continue to learn) with a Master of Executive Function Skills!
This fascinating journey has taken me through countless books, courses, conferences and webinars as I have jumped into the deep end of learning about the brain: How are we wired? Why do certain strategies work? What do we need to do to reduce stress and increase productivity? How does this impact our happiness quotient? Where does motivation come from?
As my understanding of this material deepened, it occurred to me that busy professionals might also be interested in how to support the brain to get things done. So in early 2018, I created a stand-alone time management course as well as a planning course. Both have been extremely well-received by businesses and organizations all over the Pacific Northwest.
Some people need help with time management; others need support with organization of papers – or thoughts and ideas. Many need tips for better planning and prioritizing. My classes are tailored to meet the needs of the individual whether it is all areas of executive functioning, just time management or something in-between.
Welcome to my world…
…where you learn about your unique and magnificent brain and we work together to build your executive functioning skills so you can continue on in the world empowered and effective. These skills can be learned at any age whether you had a mother like mine or not!
I look forward to working with you.
503-380-8031 (call or text)
mebaker at thetimeprofessionals dot com
Mary Ellen has been an active member (and the official recorder) of the Beaverton Arts Commission since 2016. Check out the City of Beaverton’s signature art and culture events:
- Beaverton Third Thursday concert series
- Beaverton Arts Mix! (BAM!)
- Ten Tiny Dances
- Beaverton Civic Theatre
- International Festival
- Beaverton Night Market
The mission of the Beaverton Arts Commission is:
To enhance, unite, and celebrate our diverse community through art. The BAC does this by advocating for the arts; supporting city arts events and programs; spreading the mission of the BAC at outside events and gatherings; advising staff and City Council on arts-related issues; and, volunteering their time to serve on the BAC board and other project sub-committees.