Harold Taylor Time Consultants


Incorporated in 1981 by best-selling author and Hall of Fame Speaker Harold Taylor (>> read his story here) our mission is simple - help others manage their time and their lives through time management training, publications and products.  This website represents the largest single source time mangement resource center on the internet.

Harold’s flagship product – the Taylor Planner has achieved a near cult-like following with loyal customers spanning 3 decades and 38 countries.  it is considered by many to be the best time planner on the market.  Created by Harold and revised over the years by user input it reflects a simple system – determine where you want to be and get there one hour, one day, one week at a time.

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2014 Time Planners Available Now!

2014 Time Planners


We’re caught in a time crunch…

Most of us are so busy doing things for others these days that we don’t have time for ourselves. In many cases we don’t even have time for adequate sleep. And now with the advent of BlackBerrys, iPhones and other  smartphones we are accessible 24/7. In effect our workplace now extends into our personal worlds.  Work is no longer a place we go to from 9 to 5. It goes with us wherever we go. Work has become a state of mind and we have become its servants.  On top of this, many of us are trying to raise children and in some cases take care of aging parents.

 With all these demands on our time how are we supposed to find time for ourselves? How can we maintain balance in our lives and refresh the body and mind through family time, leisure time and cultural activities?

Harold Taylor - time management expert

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10 things you should know about time management

A special report by Harold Taylor

  1. Why those who keep daily "To Do" lists work longer than those who keep weekly "To Do" lists.
  2. Why multitasking is unhealthy, inefficient and downright dangerous.
  3. Why work is no longer a place but a state of mind.
  4. How losing control of your time can affect your health and longevity.
  5. Why 70% of New Year's resolutions are abandoned within one month.
  6. Why the paper planner is superior to a Blackberry or smart phone for getting things done.
  7. The single most effective strategy for managing email.
  8. How can you tell if your life is out of balance?
  9. Why people will never have enough time to do everything they want to do.
  10. The number one time problem that people experienced in 2010.

A Brief History of Time Management

People have always searched for better and more efficient ways of doing things, whether it involved a more effective way of trapping animals for food or a more efficient way of starting a fire with friction. But it wasn't until the later 1800s and early 1900s that anyone took a purposeful, scientific approach to getting things done faster with less effort. Frederick Winslow Taylor is normally considered to be the father of scientific management. He wrote his book, The Principles of Scientific Management in 1911, which, together with the work of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, became the launching pad for today’s time management. It started as a quest to increase productivity in manufacturing, focused on the efficiency of individual workers, quickly spread to the office, and eventually encompassed the home environment as well. Taylor sought a one best way to do every job, standardizing work methods and tools in order to increase productivity.

Taylorism, as it was called, began to change the way organizations functioned. Before this time, organizations were usually set up in homes or informal businesses where the workspaces were open. There were no barriers to communication and ideas could flow freely among employees. Instead, manufacturing areas and offices were separated, work became specialized, procedures became fixed and efficiency increased. Unfortunately communications decreased. Temporarily at least, human relations took a back seat to productivity. This was not Taylor’s intention. He was trying to make it easier for the employee as well as have them increase productivity. Although he didn’t coin the "work smarter, not harder phrase", this was his intention.


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Merging mankind and machines

Paper planner vs. smartphones, iPhones and Blackberrys

Iphone vs. paper planner

By Harold Taylor
Isn’t technology wonderful? An electronic beep will tell you when to leave for an appointment. An automated email message will remind you to buy your spouse a birthday card. No need to learn anything– just Google it. Don’t worry about friends; Facebook will provide them. You don’t even have to plan what to do next; incoming text messages, cell phone calls or your messanger program will give you your next assignment. Just focus on improving your reaction time for maximum efficiency.

Long ago we started outsourcing tasks. Years ago we started outsourcing our memory. No need to think anymore; we have technology – and the brains behind it – to do that for us. Oops, technology just corrected a spelling mistake for me. How nice.


10 Time Management Myths

There are many misconceptions and myths regarding time management. In this article I will discuss the 10 most popular of them...


How to use your 2014 time planner

Don’t rely on a "Things to Do" list

If you start work with a list of ten items to do and stop at night with a list of fifteen, including the original ten, you may be a victim of the "To Do" list fallacy. A list of things to do provides no commitment to get things done.

Instead, separate the priority, high-payback activities from the items of lesser importance and schedule these must do items directly into your planner along with your meetings. For instance, the development of a policy manual should never remain on a "To Do" list. Block out the time needed in your planner, let's say between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and treat it as though it were a meeting with the boss. Close your door, engage the voice mail, and ignore email and turn off your BlackBerry if that"s what you would do if it were a meeting with a major client. But allow a little extra time for those unavoidable interruptions that are bound to occur. If you schedule several of these meetings with yourself during the week, you will accomplish those priority jobs and increase your effectiveness.