Our work To Dos are grander than ever and so are the obstacles that prevent us from getting them done – especially when so many of us are now working remotely. In this world of 24/7, we feel compelled to work faster, multitask, and squeeze productivity into every open moment. And the reality is often that by the time the workday is over, we’re exhausted and fed up.
- How do you get ahead – if you’re always behind?
- What would it take to respond instead of react?
- How do you manage time when things take longer than you expect?
- How can you stay on track – and on time?
Some might say “There’s an App for that!” and that’s probably true. But you could try Apps all day long (or buy more books on time management) and still not get ahead. Why is that? Because what we do and how we do it is actually driven by our prefrontal cortex and the “hard wiring” of our executive function skills. In our classes, you discover which of your brain skills are weak and most importantly, how to support them. Every class also includes a small component on mindfulness.
Our brain-based time management approach is available in these formats
- 90-minute breakout sessions
- 3 hour trainings
- 6 hour workshops
Get a new perspective on time management
Find out what your brain needs to get things done (from start to finish) handle distractions, interruptions, and the never-ending temptation of multitasking. Imagine a workday where you feel less overwhelmed as you head home at 5 o’clock with confidence that the day’s tasks have been handled!
This class was one of the most interesting, relevant and well-presented classes I have attended in a very long time. Mary did a great job presenting the content of the class in an engaging manner. I loved the slides, the handout and the information presented throughout the class. I also really enjoyed Mary’s willingness to share examples of her own life experience to keep it funny and help the listener connect. I was hooked! The content helped reinforce some things I already practice and taught me new things that I am looking forward to trying. I really could listen to content like this all day long!
Attendee at a Zoom 3 hour class, Marion County Oregon
We also offer a follow up Planning class
This is a customized class that is designed to dovetail with the specific project needs of your organization.
- Reduce “project overwhelm” by supporting your brain
- Identify and prioritize projects (and the actionable steps inside them)
- Get the tools/strategies to get started/stay on task/finish the elusive projects
- Learn new techniques to expand your ability to be present
- Leave with an easy-to-follow action plan
You will find that these visual tools/strategies are applicable in your personal life as well. We regularly hear how people have shared this information with their partners, children and extended family – and how their lives have also been positively impacted.
I had a hard time motivating myself for work because of the many branches of my job, I often felt overwhelmed with it all, some days feeling like I just couldn’t work. [Mary Ellen] taught me simple tools in a way I could understand it, and now I’m much more excited about going to work because I’m more organized in a way that best suits my style. I even use these tools at home for personal projects and feel like I have a lot more free time to do the things that fill my cup.
Mari Onsurez, Home Plate Youth Services
If your business is outside of the Portland Metro or the San Francisco Bay area, we can come to you. Travel fees vary depending on location.
Hear from busy professionals who have taken the class…
Thank you very much for the wonderful time management presentation you conducted at the City of Hillsboro. I thought the delivery, content, and tools were fantastic! I’ll definitely attend future classes.
Engineer, City of Hillsboro
Thank you for helping us in our goal of becoming more efficient with our time. We appreciate your time and the enthusiasm you brought to our training session.
Jessie Dhillon, Vice President at Carla Properties
Mary Ellen was a pleasure to have and did an excellent job on her time management class at one of my offices. I will use her again and would highly recommend her classes to anyone trying to get more time out of your day.
Julie Fischer, First American Title
“This was a great class that reminded me of some organizational tools I should be using but more importantly grounded the advice in psychological & neurological principles that helped them make sense.”
~ Noah Brimhall, Director of SEO & CRO
“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 Hanson, SEO Manager
“Great analysis of not only what can help increase your productivity (personally and professionally), but also breaking down the ‘why’. Having the insight to the neuroscience definitely made everything more tangible for me!”
~ Alex, Customer Success Manager
“Very informative and refreshing.”
“Loved your class! It was great to learn how I am wired then find solutions to help combat that.”
“I loved your approach of understanding the way brains work. I was really fascinated by the knowledge. I feel like I have a better understanding of my brain, in addition to ways in which to best work around it.”
We had the pleasure of having Mary Ellen present the first part of the Time Management Training to our Workforce Recruitment and Training team. This came at a great time for us as recruitments and projects are starting to pick up.
I personally found her science evidence-based approach on how our brain works and how it relates to time management fascinating. My colleagues and myself were engaged throughout the whole session. We were able to go back to work with realistic and effective tools to help better plan and manage our workload. We are already looking forward to the second phase of the time management series next month!
~ Halima Abdirizak, OSS III, City of Portland
I got a lot out of the class, both for work and home. Mary Ellen clearly explained the class structure so we knew what to expect of the 3 hours class. She explained the complicated topic of brain science in an understandable way, utilized the many styles of learning, visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Included many relatable examples, and offered many different practical and useful tools to try out to help manage your time. I think everyone came away with something they could try!
~ Kristan Alldrin, Parking Operations Coordinator, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
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
Mary Ellen Baker created a customized time management training for my non-profit sales and support team. She worked diligently for many months by meeting with myself and my managers to create a training that would teach my team the skills they needed.
The training she created was perfect! For adult-learners she built in many exercises to keep them challenged and engaged. 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 Miller, Department Director
The class was very informative. I appreciated having material to look over, and that we worked on together throughout the class. The pace was perfect in terms of feeling comfortable to ask questions as they came up, and felt safe enough to not feel shame/embarrassed by our questions.
Mary Ellen was knowledgeable, welcoming, and engaging. I really appreciated the follow-up emails with further documents and information.
~ Beatrice Camacho, Tenant Organizer
North Bay Organizing Project (Santa Rosa, CA)