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Focus: How to Ignore Distractions & Get More Done

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One of the biggest reasons for a reduction in productivity in this digital age of speed are the distractions. This book shows you how to focus on your priority tasks despite them.
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More than half the managers in today’s business environment must cope with interruptions and distractions that cause them to take up to 25% longer to complete their projects and tasks. This book explains how to both strengthen your power of focus, and make changes in the workplace, that will both reduce the impact of such distractions and reduce them to a minimum.

About the Author

Harold Taylor, CSP, president of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd., and now operating as Taylor In Time, was a Quality Control Supervisor and Plant Manager in industry for 12 years and a teaching master at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto, Canada for eight years before launching into the consulting business. He has been speaking, writing and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 35 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You. He has developed over 50 time management products, including the popular Taylor Planner, which has sold in 38 countries around the world. He has had over 300 articles accepted for publication.

A past director of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Harold Taylor received their Founder’s Award in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the organizing profession. He received the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 1987 from the National Speakers Association. In 1998 the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers inducted him into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the first Founder’s Award from the Professional Organizers in Canada. The award has been named in his honor.

Since 1981, when he incorporated the original time management company, he has personally presented over 2000 workshops, speeches and keynotes on the topic of time and life management.

Harold lives in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He writes e-books for Bookboon.com (25 to date), some of which have been translated into other languages, publishes a weekly blog at his website (also posted on Facebook & Twitter), a quarterly time management newsletter for his 2000 plus subscribers, sends out weekly tweets, and speaks to senior’s and other groups on “growing older without growing old” in addition to “time and life management.”

He is active in his local church, a member of the board of directors of Sussex & Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Fundy Silverados Friendship Club, writes a column on business in the Kings County Record, and performs additional volunteer work in his spare time.

  • About the author
  • Introduction
  1. It pays to pay attention
    1. What are distractions and interruptions?
    2. Problems created by distractions
    3. The importance of focus
    4. The power of focus
  2. Manage your brain
    1. Can computer games improve your focus?
    2. We are fearfully and wonderfully made
    3. You can change your brain
    4. Making it easier to focus
  3. The battle of the brains
    1. The core brain
    2. The prefrontal cortex
    3. The need for self-control
    4. Make it easier to control your brain
  4. How your executive skills impact focus
    1. How strong are your executive skills?
    2. Your brain-based skills
    3. Anatomy of a distraction
    4. Developing willpower
    5. A little self-discipline goes a long way
  5. Your mind is in control
    1. Make it easier to do the right thing
    2. Make focus and self-discipline habitual
    3. Use your mind to rid yourself of destructive habits
    4. Take charge
    5. Your need for energy
  6. Energy: Fueling your focus
    1. The importance of sleep
    2. Do what you do best
    3. The nurturing power of nature
    4. Watch your attitude
    5. Manage the stress in your life
  7. Make it easy to do the right thing
    1. Organize your work environment
    2. How to handle interruptions
    3. Don’t allow upward delegation
    4. Don’t be so available
    5. Put your new skills into practice
  • Books referenced in “Focus: How to ignore distractions & get more done”
About the Author

Harold Taylor