As 2017 drew to a close, I came to the realization that nearly all of my woes in my life were united by a singular theme: the daunting challenge of time management. From long-term issues of health and wellbeing (most notably my decades-long poor sleep hygiene and chronic sleep deficit, a poorly planned diet, and making far too little time for exercise) to chronically struggling to arrive anywhere on time, I had known for nearly half my life that my relationship with time needed a serious makeover. Throughout my young adulthood, I routinely struggled with time, feeling that I was always its slave and never its master; on my own, I had only made incremental progress towards a peaceful coexistence with time.
Whereas a college friend of mine had taught me the principle of shifting from living the reactionary lifestyle so many of us lead (in which one is constantly putting out proverbial fires and mitigating miniature crises but never getting ahead of the curve) to proactively managing all of life’s obligations, stimuli and minutia, this achievement still seemed light-years away. I didn’t know how to make that shift.
An opportunity to attend Mary Ellen Baker’s time management seminar course in January (entitled Seize Every Day of 2018) was everything I could have asked for and has completely changed the ways in which I perceive, utilize, and interact with time. Mary Ellen is a masterful and gifted educator, whose empowering and spirited teaching style imbues her classes with a contagious enthusiasm for the revolutionary new ideas, information, and approaches to planning, scheduling, and all other aspects of time management offered as the world-class toolkits of her courses. Her mastery of time management education is firmly and broadly rooted in her uncommon grasp of neuroscience and brain physiology, human psychology, motivation, and behavior. The end result for students is a fascinating, engaging, and even thrilling journey which bestows each of us with newfound scheduling tools, practices, skills, awareness, and faith: no matter how dysfunctional our past relationship with time, anyone can learn to master her or his life from a time management perspective, true breakthroughs which open the doors to astounding levels of freedom, empowerment, mastery, inner peace, and self-esteem.
I recommend Mary Ellen’s time management courses to anyone who currently feels time-challenged in any way. The resources, guidance, and encouragement she provides are well worth every penny spent. You will not be disappointed.
~ David Schaad