I grew up in a fun-loving household. My parents were more interested in creativity than they were in being organized. Consequently, I´ve struggled with punctuality, meeting deadlines, and organizing my paper piles. In spite of some executive functioning deficit, I did well in college and graduate school and in various teaching jobs, but time management and organization were never my strong suits.
In 2002 on the other side of an almost divorce, I started blogging about what my husband and I had learned in order to have a successful marriage. I ended up teaching a curriculum that I developed and writing 3 books to help my students. Visit my website at Lovingforkeeps for more information.
One thing that I kept hearing from my relationship students was how they never had enough time to have fun with each other. In fact, most couples told me they didn´t even share meals together they were so over scheduled. It dawned on me that they didn´t know how to plan because they were lacking an essential executive function (EF). Could I teach them that skill?
I realized that I could, but I first needed to take Marydee Sklar´s Seeing My Time course. After I integrated more executive functioning skills into my own life, I got certified by Marydee to become a teacher of her program. Now I share this life-changing information with my relationship students and honestly tell them I´m practicing what I´m preaching. It´s gratifying hearing how couples have enhanced their relationships just because they have learned EF skills.
By the way, better EF skills mean your annoying habits change, too. Your relationship automatically becomes less crazy making. Your understanding and consequently your support of executive functions are at the heart of a healthy relationship with your partner as well as with yourself.
Teaching has been my passion since 1975. I´ve taught thousands of kids and adults classical piano, French, Spanish, relationships, and more recently executive functioning skills. EF is what makes you successful in everything that you do. Every day I´m becoming a better and more creative teacher because of what I´ve learned from Marydee Sklar.
Your hopes and dreams can come true because you know and implement the strategies and tools of The Time Professionals.
I look forward to working with you in California or online.
I particularly love getting the executive function skill conversation going at high schools, colleges, and universities where I teach everyone on campus — students, faculty, and staff.
In addition to my regularly scheduled classes, I also help individuals on a one-to-one basis at their work to organize files and set up projects. Cost is $80 per hour, plus travel.
Melissa Smith Baker, MA
707-228-0287 (call or text)
smith at thetimeprofessionals dot com
My boyfriend and I have bought a planner and it has been working great for us! I have taken your method and adapted it for us with my planner and it works great. The best thing is that we are planning our weeks every Sunday and our days every evening.. it’s good stuff! Thanks, Melissa.
~ M.B., Forestville, CA
Yes, I enjoyed the class. I wasn’t sure I could actually comprehend everything. So…finding myself awake with “To Do’s” at 3am, I finally got out of bed and went out in my studio with my orange over-glasses and typed up the Executive Function Notes, (took me until 4:30am). When my 6:30 alarm went off I really had a hard time deciding whether to sleep in or get up and begin my new regime. I’ll have questions, but for now thanks again.
~ A.S. Accountant, Sebastopol, CA
Your Time Management for Success System is clear, concise, and very well organized. Your explanations are simple and direct and the pacing is great.
~ C.W. Geyserville, CA
I´m so strong in every EFS except for metacognition and response inhibition. Now I know why I´ve been divorced 3 times. I´m a clueless guy.
~ M.S. Santa Rosa, CA
I hate having to think about managing my life, but I know I have to do it to make my crazy life better.
~ J.L. Sebastopol, CA
I´m 66 years old and I would have known about these executive function skills earlier, I could have realized my dream of becoming a doctor. Now I´m teaching my granddaughters so that they can reach their potential. They can do anything but not without these skills.
~ C.L. Mountain View, CA
I really enjoyed the class and want to help you connect with more folks thru FB! t’s so easy really and would expose you to so many women who need this.
I am excited to get started and implement some of these tools. For me, task initiation is my biggest challenge. Good job! Thanks!
~ D.D. Massage Therapist
In 2008, Melissa co-founded The Kindness Project – a small organization that anonymously gives small gifts to people in need of kindness. Their gifts range from cards of encouragement, flowers, meals or Christmas gifts to scholarships, school supplies and military care packages. The Kindness Project has touched all corners of the world: Bolivia, Ghana, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Palestine, Darfur, Chad, and Bangladesh — as well as most states in the USA including Sebastopol, CA where they are based.
Over the last eleven years, The Kindness Project has given over $6000 to individuals and organizations locally and globally. If you would like to contribute to The Kindness Project, you may contact Melissa here.