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Making Deadlines Work for You

Language:  English
This book is a guide for time-conscious individuals who want to meet deadlines on a consistent basis without harmful stress or reduction in the quality of output.
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Without deadlines on tasks, projects and business activities, procrastination is enabled, costs are increased, and opportunities are lost. Deadlines increase efficiency, encourage managers to be proactive, motivate employees, and promote teamwork.“Making deadlines work for you” shows you how to set and meet realistic deadlines without anxiety or stress, and explains how to increase focus, avoid distractions, and complete assignments on time, both efficiently and effectively.

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. Deadlines can become your lifelines
    1. The need for deadlines
    2. Do deadlines cause stress?
    3. What is a realistic deadline?
    4. Where deadlines are critical
  2. How to respond to deadlines
    1. From the receiver’s perspective
    2. Never accept a deadline that you know you cannot meet
    3. Allow more time than you think the task will take
    4. Treat longer tasks as projects
    5. From the delegator’s perspective
  3. Committing yourself to get tasks done on time
    1. A planner for recording deadlines
    2. Recording deadlines and due dates
    3. Suggestions for using a planner to get things done
    4. Increasing your commitment to get things done
  4. Managing deadlines requires managing yourself
    1. “Managing yourself” has no deadline
    2. Do not procrastinate
    3. Say no to others
    4. Attitude makes a difference
    5. Get enough sleep
  5. Aim to meet deadlines, not perfection
    1. Don’t be a perfectionist
    2. Perfectionism applied to tasks and projects
    3. Suggestions for making deadlines work for you
  • Books referenced in “Making deadlines work for you”
About the Author

Harold Taylor