The following titles are e-books by Harold Taylor, published to date by Bookboon.com:
These brief electronic books by Harold Taylor are in readable 8 ½ X 11 magazine-style format, varying in length from 35 to 75 pages, each zeroing in on a critical area in the field of holistic and traditional time management as well as business in general. To purchase these e-books for instant download, click on the URL following the title – or copy and paste it into your browser.
Time management strategies for an ADHD World: Maintaining personal productivity in the digital age of speed
One out of three college students and employees surveyed believe the Internet is as important as air, water, food, and shelter according to a 2011 Cisco survey. 27% of college students say that staying updated on Facebook is more important than partying, dating, listening to music or hanging out with friends.
The younger generations seem to thrive on electrons while older people tend to shun video games in favor of playing golf with real people on real turf in real time. They prefer the warmth of a real hug over as an electronic emoticon, and the thrill of ripping open a real letter or a greeting card made of old-fashioned paper over e-mail messages and e-cards.
Harold Taylor suggests that the increase in ADHD during a time when there is a rapid increase in technology is no coincidence, and that merging paperwork with high-tech is not only possible but desirable. Drawing on the latest research on both ADHD and the functioning of the brain, and merging it with his own experiences with the various time management strategies, Harold suggests how those with ADHD traits (who he claims includes all of us) can still be effective in this digital age of speed.
Boost your memory & sharpen your mind
Many of us are poor listeners. We forget 75% of what we do hear within two months. We forget between a third and a half of what we hear within 8 hours. If someone is not observant, a poor listener, easily distracted, fails to concentrate or lacks interest, he or she has remembers even less. And this is exacerbated by the digital age of speed where everything seems to be happening at once, and where people seem to take pride in the self-defeating behavior of multitasking.
Smartphones and iPhones have apps for almost everything. We are reminded to turn off the stove, when to leave for an appointment and where we left the car. Memorization seems to be a dying skill; because everything is available at the click of a mouse or a tap of an icon. Unfortunately, as our natural memory declines, we may even forget where we left our smartphone! The problem with our brain, and with memory and other cognitive skills, is that if we don’t use them we lose we lose them.
In this brief book Harold Taylor, author of Managing your memory (1988), explains not only how to keep your memory skills intact through lifestyle changes and attitude, but how to increase your powers of memory and recall by using your brain’s natural ability to visualize and associate.
Project management for entrepreneurs
Most problems occur due to inadequate planning. One item overlooked, one forgotten task, one missed deadline or one miscommunication with a supplier could spell disaster for your project.
In this practical book, time management authority and entrepreneur Harold Taylor will take you through a simplified five-step project management process using forms he has developed for this purpose.
Whether you are organizing a workshop or meeting, self-publishing a book, developing a new product or organizing an office or a home, Time management for entrepreneurs will help you eliminate errors, reduce costs, and deliver your project on time and within budget.
How to increase the effectiveness of your training: a toolkit of suggestions for trainers & speakers
Drawing on his forty years of speaking and training experience, Harold Taylor provides tips, techniques and training strategies for those involved in the transferring of information to others. A veritable trainer’s toolkit, this book takes you through the planning and preparation process, the design of the training program, the delivery, evaluation and application of the information to the learner’s work and life.
Whether you are a public speaker, corporate trainer, freelance workshop leader, teacher or manager, there is something for you in this book. Harold explains why you should never ask “Are there any questions?” , why training modules should not exceed twenty minutes, why it’s important to know the group and the problems they are experiencing before the actual training, how the room environment can affect learning, why a variety of visual aids in essential, how to measure training results and more.
Harold shares his experiences and lessons learned during his teaching, speaking and training career, including what he felt he did wrong and what he did right, and leaves you with a summary of fifty tips for trainers in addition to actual forms, stories, ice breakers and demonstrations used during his time management workshops.
Sleep: a time management strategy: increasing the amount & quality of time in your life
The old saying, “Organized desk, organized mind” has some truth to it; but the reverse, “Organized mind, organized desk” is more accurate. It’s difficult to organize anything without a well-rested, healthy, creative and focused mind that is able to plan, think clearly, make good decisions and visualize end results.
In this brief book, Harold discusses the importance of sleep and its impact on personal productivity, organizing skills, and health and well-being. He also offers suggestions on how we can develop good sleep habits, work with our biological clock, take advantage of peak energy levels, and gain extra time through a holistic approach to time management.
Time to be productive: how to develop your time management skills
In this digital age of speed, technology offers challenges as well as benefits. While we scramble to get things done among interruptions, distractions and incessant communications, our working day expands while our personal productivity shrinks. We need new strategies to remain effective in this digital age of speed.
Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. Excellence is doing the right things right. All three are threatened by this digital age of speed where the emphasis seems to be placed on doing things faster rather than on the significance of the things we do.
In Time to be productive, Harold Taylor identifies the strategies that are losing their impact, those that should be emphasized even more, and newer strategies based on the belief that the battle for personal productivity is shifting from the office to our minds.
By taking control of technology, managing email, reserving time for helicopter planning, scheduling “work breaks,” applying the sigmoid curve and the 90-minute rule, and following your body clock, you will be able to build a consistent habit of working productively each day.
Strengthen your brain’s executive skills
Sometimes referred to as” habits of the mind”, a person’s “executive skills” are those brain-based skills required to execute tasks – that is, such things as getting organized, planning, initiating work, staying on task, controlling impulses, regulating emotions, and being adaptable and resilient.
Up to twelve executive skills have been identified, according to recent books, and these skills primarily reside in the front part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. In this book, Harold reviews each of the twelve skills, providing descriptions, the impact of weaknesses, and ways of both coping with any weaknesses and strengthening them – so that you can excel at managing your time, your professional achievements, and your life.
An introduction to holistic time management
Holistic time management looks at the total life of the individual as opposed to simply their environment, equipment, methods and personal habits. Just as holistic medicine treats the whole person, so holistic time management goes beyond efficiency and effectiveness and applies the strategies necessary to lead a happier, healthier, longer, more productive & fulfilling life.
Harold recognizes that disorganization and poor time management can be the result of anything that negatively impacts our body, mind or spirit.
In this book Harold explains the role that our internal clock, brain-based executive skills, health, diet, spiritual condition, attitude, interpersonal relationships and lifestyle play in the way we manage our time, and suggests how body, mind and spirit can work together to increase both our performance and our well-being.
Manage your personal energy: Increase performance while retaining your health
Our brains do not have an unlimited amount of energy to process information and make decisions throughout the day. Nor can our bodies absorb the ever-increasing demands of 24/7 connectivity, multitasking and increasing workloads, without a concomitant reduction in efficiency and compromised health and well-being.
But by managing your energy – from its creation to its use – you are able to increase your efficiency and personal performance, more easily achieve your goals, and still have ample energy remaining for an active and fulfilling lifestyle.
In this book, you will learn how to work with your natural body rhythms instead of against them, expend less energy while attaining significantly greater results, and avoid the energy drainers that could lead to inefficiency, poor decisions, and physical and mental exhaustion.
Procrastinate less & get more done: how to reduce the tendency to delay priorities
The tendency to procrastinate is as natural as the urge to eat or sleep. But unlike food or rest, procrastination is seldom beneficial and neve essential.
Although it is impossible to stop procrastinating completely, you can drastically reduce the tendency to procrastinate by a variety of strategies. The strategies you choose depend on the reason you are putting something off, the type of task you are working on, the environment in which you are working, and your personal mindset or attitude.
Regardless of the frequent call to stop procrastinating, it is an unrealistic demand; especially since the usual definition of procrastination refers to delaying tasks that are best done now.
Although studies reveal that 95% of people admit that they procrastinate, the definition of procrastination is too severe.
In this book, I redefine procrastination, make the assumption that we all procrastinate to varying degrees, and offer some suggestions for reducing the number of incidents. By procrastinating less often, you will increase your effectiveness, feel better about yourself, and get more done.
How to excel through self-development: taking charge of your career and your life.
This book is directed at people in the workforce, managers and staff alike, who want to further their career through continuous learning.
Self-development is a lifelong process, which not only propels you along a career path, but also can sharpen your mind, improve brain health, and extend your active lifespan. How to excel through self-development will help you to determine your current needs, set goals, plan your career, and excel in your studies while keeping your busy life in balance.
It covers everything from performing a self-assessment and choosing courses that are right for you to how to excel at school work, study, write exams, manage stress, memorize information and manage time. It concludes with 75 tips for students at all levels.
Internal time management: slowing the pace of life
Why does time seem to pass more quickly as you get older? Is there a way of slowing down the perceived passage of time? Why is a large part of your life missing from your memory?
How can we work with our biological clock to improve the way we manage our time?
These questions and more will be answered as time management expert Harold Taylor explores not clock time, but internal time, and how we can practice the greatest time management strategy of all – living longer and healthier with our memories fully intact.
Drawing on recent brain research and his own life experiences, he demonstrates how, through a more holistic approach to time management, you can actually influence the perceived passage of time so that looking back in retrospect, you can recall a long, fulfilling and meaningful life.
The process of delegation: Achieving results through others:
This is a how-to book on delegating effectively for maximum results while developing and motivating your staff, and freeing up time for the critical functions of management.
A manager’s job exceeds what can be done by one person alone. Delegation is essential, not only for the effective fulfillment of a manager’s responsibilities, but also for the development of future managers. This book outlines the delegation process, and provides step by step instructions on how to get things done through others for maximum results.
It includes the benefits of delegation, indicators of poor delegation, how to decide what and to whom to delegate, guidelines for effective delegation, and advice for those on the receiving end of delegation.
Make your meetings more productive
In addition to discussing how you can improve the effectiveness of your meetings, this book indicates how the various factors such as location, timing, meeting environment, seating and attendance impact their success. It also directs an entire chapter to those who attend meetings, indicating how they can help increase the productivity of the meetings they attend.
Guidelines for both meeting managers and participants are included, as well as advice on drawing up the agenda and an action sheet for participants.
Managing the use of technology
This book is not about how to use your latest iPad or smart watch; nor will it tell you which devices you should buy or use in various situations. Rather, it warns you that technology steals time as well as saves time, and suggests how you can use it to your advantage without allowing it to vacuum time from other meaningful activities.
Computer games, social media, the Internet, and even e-mail, if not controlled, will not only consume unrealistic amounts of time, but can become addictive, and in excess, can negatively impact your health and well-being.
We have a limited amount of time at our disposal, and using excessive amounts of it on these digital innovations can leave inadequate time for such necessities as sleep, exercise and relationships. This in turn can result in excessive stress, reduced performance, and health issues that offset many of the productivity gains made by technology.
This book reviews the good, the bad and the ugly of technology, identifies how and where it consumes excessive amounts of time, and suggests how we can manage the use of technology so we can take advantage of all its benefits without suffering any ill effects.
How to write articles for self-promotion
One of the keys to a successful business is self-promotion, and an effective and inexpensive way of promoting your business is through the publication of non-fiction articles. Whether you want to promote a business, a product or service or launch a new career, this book will show how to write and publish articles in trade journals, newsletters, blogs or other media – quickly and easily.
You don’t have to be a great writer or have unlimited time to become a prolific writer of material in your particular area of expertise, and to obtain exposure that establishes credibility for you and your products and services.
Aimed primarily at public speakers, trainers, consultants, and other professionals and entrepreneurs, this book will help those who would like to earn an income writing professionally as well.
Develop a goal-setting mindset
Develop a goal-setting mindset simplifies the goal-setting process. Drawing on personal resources such as enthusiasm, optimism, attitude and commitment is more important than the process itself, according to Taylor. In this book he simplifies the goal-setting process, offers alternatives to that process, and provides simplified guidelines to follow in order to more easily achieve both personal and organizational goals.
The book also summarizes the benefits to be derived from goals, explains why the character of the goal-setter is more important than the goal-setting process itself, shows how to how to schedule time to work on your goals, and illustrates how a life purpose can work hand in hand with your goals.
The book also contains helpful advice from dozens of other goal-setting writers and management experts, and includes a bibliography of over thirty reference books for the further study of goal-setting.
Creativity in action
Everyone is creative; but it is stifled by our lifestyle, our busyness, and our tendency to think in a linear, logical manner. The aim of this book is to release the innate creativity within you, and to provide actual exercises and examples of creativity in action.
This book shows you how to release and develop your innate creativity so that you can create novel and innovative products, services and processes, as well as solve problems and improve your current business practices.
Creativity techniques such as individual and group brainstorming, forced association, and reverse thinking are explained and examples of each are provided.
The book also explains how to give your current creativity a boost as you apply it to your life and work.
How to keep your life in balance
Work-life balance is a blend of work and personal life that is satisfying to you and the significant people in your life. Life balance also takes into consideration the various roles you play in your personal life such as parent, spouse, and friend as well as the activities that consume your time.
How to keep balance in your life discusses all of the above, as well as practices such as mindfulness and simplification, so that you can take the action necessary to ensure that your total life is in balance.
Balance will keep your life free from excessive stress, busyness and guilt so that you can lead a healthy, happy and purposeful life.
How to keep your life in balance presents a variety of suggestions and strategies – including organization, simplification and mindfulness – so that you can keep work, technology and personal busyness from threatening a balanced lifestyle.
The impact of work environment on personal productivity.
Your work environment influences your productivity. Potted plants, white noise, music, natural lighting, air circulation, physical organization, windows facing the outside world, the ability to feed off the energy of others, and even a cheerful office decor with scenic pictures on the walls can increase productivity as well as improve mood and personal well-being.
Referring to recent research, this book outlines factors besides the usual organized layout that can have a direct influence on your personal productivity as well as on your physical, mental and spiritual health.
For example, the presence of plants can improve productivity, creativity, performance and learning ability. And they not only give off oxygen, they are able to absorb environmental chemicals and transport them to the soil, rendering them less harmful. Office colors found in nature, such as blue and green, increase efficiency and focus while lowering the stress level. And the right background music can increase creativity as well as performance.
How to organize your work, home and life.
Time is an important non-renewable resource that can be used more effectively by organizing your work, your office and yourself. In this book, time management expert Harold Taylor explains step-by-step how you can do just that.
In general, organizing involves working with things and time management involves working with time. But the two are closely aligned, and it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between them. This book discusses both, with an emphasis on organizing your office, your home and your life in a way that optimizes your use of time.
Discussing the need and benefits of getting organized, the author provides step-by-step guidance in getting rid of the backlog and clutter, and setting up systems, tools and procedures that allow you to increase your personal effectiveness – both at and away from work.
He also includes organizing information for seniors whether they are retired or still in the workforce.
How to say no when you want to say yes.
It is easy to say yes, and it even provides a warm fuzzy feeling at the time, brightens someone’s day and makes you a momentary hero. But reality sets in the minute you start work on the task amid an already overwhelming workload.
That’s when you feel the stress as you glance at your growing “To do” list, start receiving the follow-up email messages, and think of the missed opportunities as your own priorities remain in abeyance.
In this e-book you will learn how, when, and why you should say no, and avoid the negative impact that an inappropriate “yes” can have on your mental and physical health, energy level, and the accomplishment of your personal tasks and goals.
How to write a non-fiction book & get it published
Whether you are a novice or experienced writer looking for the best way to get your non-fiction book published or someone who would like to write a book but doesn’t know where to start, this book will help you achieve your goal. It includes how to write, edit, and submit your manuscript to a publisher as well as the ins and outs of self-publishing it yourself. Breaking through writer’s block, getting time to write, and the pros and cons of print and electronic publishing are also included.
100 Low-cost ways to promote your business
Directed at entrepreneurs with limited financial resources, 100 Low-cost ways to promote your business includes over 100 tips for marketing your products and services using low-cost or no-cost methods. Quoting recent research in neuromarketing, and referring to promotion ideas and that he used during his over 40 years as an entrepreneur as well as those used by others, the author explains how you can promote yourself, your company, your products and your services for little or no cost.
How to accomplish more by doing less.
You have probably heard of the 80/20 Rule, which, among other things, indicates that 80% of the value is in 20% of the things you do. But have you been able to actually apply it in order to improve your profitability while reducing your time and effort?
In this brief e-book, the author uses personal examples and step-by-step guidance to show you how you can reduce costs, increase profits and reduce your input of time and effort by simply changing the 80/20 ratio.
You can do this by identifying the areas where the 80/20 ratio is evident, making changes, and reaping the rewards – not only in your business, but in your job and personal life as well.
Communication in the workplace
Effective communication in the workplace will build trust, teamwork, improved morale and increased productivity. Insufficient or poor communication will do the opposite. It is imperative that managers and entrepreneurs not only understand the basics of the various communication media, such as speaking, writing and listening, but also know how to apply them on the job. This book discusses the major communication media and shows you how to apply them to the common workplace activities such as supervision, training, delegation, meetings and performance appraisals.
How to keep on top of your job.
Leave behind the stressful day to day activity of rush jobs, an increasing backlog of work, constant interruptions, and the continuing struggle to catch up. Instead, be proactive, and not only stay on top of your job, but get ahead of your job as well. This book explains how to work smarter, build an inventory of completed work ahead of time, and discusses 16 strategies that will keep you proactive.