What We Do
We teach a brain-based approach to getting things done
What we do, when we do it and how we get it done are controlled by the executive functions of the brain. Do you procrastinate? Is it hard to stay focused? Can you plan and prioritize your day (and stick with that plan in the face of a million interruptions)?
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 use the visual tools/strategies that will help you reach your goals.
Every class includes a component around mindfulness.
How are your brain skills?
Does your organization have ESL employees?
We are also committed to making this approach accessible and understandable to non-native English speakers. Most recently, we have worked with the Multilingual Department with the Beaverton School District (with staff that manages 109 languages!) and Adelante Mujeres in Forest Grove.
“Adelante Mujeres was looking for a class on time management, and we contracted with Mary for its delivery. The content and facilitation were outstanding, meaningful, and impactful for our first cohort of staff members, most of whom are native Spanish speakers with English as a second language at different levels. The materials Mary presented were friendly to ESL speakers, and her pace and facilitation made it easy for our staff to capture and internalize the knowledge delivered in the class. The results were fantastic. Therefore, we have continued to work with Mary to deliver more time management classes. We have had three cohorts so far and plan to continue working with Mary as our organization grows into the future.”
Melany Vergara, Professional Development Manager at Adelante Mujeres (Dec 2023)
TAKE A CLASS
We currently offer two classes and recommend you start with the Time Management class. In this three hour, hands-on class, you learn exactly what you need to manage time well and get control over your life.
Classes are offered monthly.
SCHEDULE A CLASS
Do your people juggle multiple projects, deadlines, interruptions, huge To Do lists, and a mountain of email?
Poor time management creates conflict, stress, and financial loss.
Give your employees the targeted support they need to do their best work for you AND for themselves.
This class was one of the most interesting, relevant and well-presented classes I have attended in a very long time. I loved the slides, the handout, the information presented throughout the class and Mary’s willingness to share examples of her own life experience to keep it funny and help the listener connect. I was hooked!Attendee, Marion County, Oregon
1:1 coaching is where the tools and strategies are applied to you and your unique day-to-day challenges. If you’re organized but still can’t get things done, what are you missing? Are you struggling to manage your projects? Are deadlines giving you stress? Do you feel perennially distracted?
Getting ahead of these things will be easier than you think!
seeing my time® intensive program
The skills of time management, organization and planning are in high demand throughout our lives. In this 9 week intensive program, we meet (virtually or in-person) for one hour a week. You’ll get a life-changing perspective about how your brain works and finish the course with a toolbox of targeted techniques – and a heart full of hope.
The course definitely covered some of my problem areas. While the practical and tactical solutions are simple, Mary Ellen did a great job of connecting efficiency problems to their causes and solutions with relevant scientific research.
Bryce HansonSEO Manager, Obility
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.
Rebecca KoonTraining & Equity Coordinator, Home Forward
I’m a small business owner who, like so many others, gets sidetracked away from big goals by minor demands and distractions. I took the Time Management class last week and began implementing the suggestions the next morning. Already I have 2 new contracts signed and feel like I’m running my business as opposed to my business running me.
Mary Ann AschenbrennerOwner, Waterlink Web
We are a small municipality with a large work load that leaves us feeling overwhelmed, so it’s important to use our time spent on projects as efficiently as possible. We appreciated Mary’s approach to helping us understand how our brains process time and then giving us the tools to help keep our brains disciplined and focused. The time cubes were one of the tools that she told us about and we use them daily to help us not get lost in our “digital canyons” and to be more efficient with our time. Great training!
Shawn BurgéAssistant Public Works Director, City of Tillamook
Mary Ellen Baker created a customized time management training for my non-profit sales and support team. She worked diligently to create a training that would teach my team the skills they needed. The training was perfect! Though the training was in late 2017, many of my team members are still utilizing the techniques she taught us. I think my team is more efficient and organized overall since taking her training.
Melissa MillerDepartment Director, UCP’s Employment Solutions
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.
I have been applying the techniques suggested in the class and it’s made a huge difference in my accomplishments throughout the work day.
Great class. I especially liked how well you provided concrete tools to use for common time management challenges.