Mali List Mayer
I am a soloprenuer, divorced, single mom, home-owner with a dog. Quite a mouthful! As a kid, I was organized, strong willed (a.k.a. stubborn), creative and independent. My mother supposedly said, “When we brought our daughter home [after her birth], she organized the nursery making it quicker to change her diaper.” To Organization, I added time management. On a summer program after 10th grade, we were told to read How to Study in College by Walter Pauk. I soaked up every word in the book and have since then used the Cornell Method to take notes and review all materials before and after meetings (then classes). Because of this book, I became the go-to person for class notes, assignments and any other material my fellow classmates didn’t have (Hooky, anyone?) or had lost. I was voted “most organized” by my classmates in our 12th grade yearbook. I was also voted most likely to have a cooking show on PBS. From this along with receiving a BA in Classical Civilizations (essentially Greco-Roman archaeology) and working in nonprofit fundraising, producing auction catalogs and as a graphic designer, I know that productivity and time management are important to my business as well as my personal time. Every methodology I teach my clients, I use myself to keep afloat in my life.
Why is working with me different than working with other time management coaches?
Simple. I design a plan for you and your needs. The methodologies I teach are specific to your issues. I have read books on subjects ranging from time management to overcoming procrastination, from reaching your goals to writing effective to-do lists and everything in between. The benefit, besides the fact that you don’t have to read the books, is that I take all the methodologies I have learned and use them in a customized plan for you. I become your partner in your quest to be more productive on a daily basis. Reading a book is good, but having a partner to help you follow through is better. Scientific studies have proven that more people succeed in reaching their goals when they have an accountability partner (there’s that word again) over a reward or merit for their achievement. I provide accountability as you begin your productivity journey and help you design your own accountability plan to help you stay on track once we are done working together.
The Books on my shelf
In 2018, I decided to go through all the books I have and pare down. Also, I decided to have some fun with it. Since I had just watched a few episodes of “Tiny House Living”, I asked myself, “If I lived in a tiny house and could only have ten books, which ten would it be?” (list below)
Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout by Rick Rigsby, PhD. (2006)
How to Study in College by Walter Pauk (1984, 3rd Ed.)
The Aneid by Vergil translated by Robert Flagels (2006)
The Basilica of Saint Paul: Outside the Walls by Anna Marie Cerioni and Roberto Del Signore (1991)
Poems for Peter by Lysbeth Boyd Borie (1928)
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner (1981)
The Max Strategy: How a Businessman Got Stuck at an Airport and Learned to Make His Career Take Off by Dale Dauten (1996)
Interaction of Color by Joseph Albers (1971, 2nd Ed.)
Understanding Wall Street by Jeffrey B. Little and Lucien Rhodes (1991, 3rd Ed.)
The Torah: The Five Books of Moses translated by The Jewish Publication Society of America (1962)
I kept more than these ten books, but these ten have a special place on my bookshelf. Book number two got me started on studying time management and productivity, when I was in high school. Book number three comes from my BA in Classical Civilizations. Book number seven, was recommended by a friend and is one of the best business books I have read (I reread it every year). Book number ten was a gift from the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Sisterhood on the occasion of my Bat-Mitzvah in 1986.