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How to Become a Proactive Person

The 7 Habits of Proactive People

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Language:  English
This book provides an explanation and examples of proactivity and explains how to develop seven habits that can transform you into a highly proactive person.
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Proactive people think ahead, work ahead, and get ahead. This book is filled with “how to” information and examples of proactivity. The author discusses the seven habits of proactive people and how they can help keep you on top of your job, ahead of your work, and more productive.

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 (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. How proactive are you?
    1. Determine your proactivity quotient
    2. Proactivity self-evaluation instrument
  2. What it means to be proactive
    1. Proactive vs. Reactive
    2. Do not get behind in your work
    3. “Before” beats “after” every time
  3. Example of a proactive approach
    1. Being proactive when seeking employment
    2. Networking can further your career
    3. Networking is more than a job-seeking tool
  4. Habits of proactive people
    1. What makes a person proactive?
    2. Habit # 1: prepare for all future events, projects, and tasks
    3. Preparing requires planning
    4. The mental walk-through
  5. Habit # 2: keep ahead of your commitments
    1. Catch up and get ahead
    2. Build an inventory of completed work
    3. Develop your own system
    4. The “work ahead” concept
  6. Habit # 3: do not wait, anticipate
    1. Anticipate your needs
    2. Anticipate what your customers will need
    3. Anticipate what your boss will need
    4. Anticipate what your employees need
    5. Anticipate what your equipment will need
    6. Anticipate what you need personally
  7. Habit # 4: take control of your time
    1. Stay on top of your job
    2. Those who think ahead get ahead
    3. Proactivity defeats procrastination
    4. Keep it simple
    5. Take the initiative
  8. Habit # 5: improve your power of recall
    1. How memory works
    2. Remembering the future
    3. Memory influences proactivity
    4. Memory techniques that capture the experiences of your past
    5. How to boost your recall
  9. Habit # 6: enhance your life with value-added experiences
    1. The greater the input, the greater the output
    2. Seek variety in your life
    3. Read as much as possible
    4. Let your mind wander
    5. Engage in lifelong learning
    6. Build and maintain relationships
  10. Habit #7: maintain a proactive attitude
    1. Develop a proactive mindset
    2. Patience and proactivity go hand in hand
    3. Build resilience
    4. Positive thinking always leads to positive doing.
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About the Author

Harold Taylor