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Monotasking

The New Management Strategy

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Multitasking is a myth, and a very costly one in terms of productivity and quality of output. Monotasking allows you to accomplish more, with less stress, less effort, and in less time.
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Managers who brag about their multitasking skills are less productive than those who don't multitask. It is a scientific fact that our brains do not multitask. Like computers, they process information sequentially by switching quickly back and forth between tasks. Attempting to do more than one task at a time increases the cognitive load in your brain, depleting its available power. To cope effectively with today's workload, distractions, and information explosion, you must practice a strategy foreign to most modern managers - monotasking. This book tells you how.

About the Author

Harold Taylor, currently owner of TaylorInTime, has been speaking, writing, and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 40 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You, originally published in 1981.

  • About the author
  1. Multitasking is inefficient, unhealthy - and impossible!
    1. Mission impossible
    2. An alternative to multitasking
  2. A closer look at “multitasking”
    1. All “multitasking” is not the same
    2. When multitasking (task switching) seems to work
    3. Multitasking has outlived its time
  3. Demonstrations indicating task switching wastes time
    1. Illustrating multitasking to groups
    2. Illustrating multitasking to individuals
    3. Multitasking with the brain’s involvement
    4. Do not confuse multitasking with speed
    5. The power of monotasking
    6. Why do people still multitask?
    7. The easy way to develop or break a habit
  4. Getting the right things done
    1. Prioritize for focus
    2. Importance and urgency vary with the situation
    3. Work on the most important, most difficult tasks first
  5. Scheduling appointments with yourself
    1. The 90-minute rule of scheduling
    2. Work with your biological clock
    3. Work with your energy cycles
    4. How to set boundaries
    5. Know how to say no
  6. It’s time to start monotasking
    1. Avoid most interruptions
    2. The heart of monotasking
    3. Monotasking has been proven to work
    4. Monotasking – both an art and a science
    5. Monotasking is rarely practised
    6. How to get started
  • Books referenced in monotasking

About the Author
Harold

Harold Taylor

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.