Categories Pricing Corporate
Professional eBook

Time Management for Authors and Writers

Language:  English
A brief explanation of how our brains work, and how the information can be used to improve both the creativity and productivity of those involved in writing.
Professional Plus subscription free for the first 30 days, then $8.99/mo
Access this book on our eReader, no adverts inside the book
book.tabs.learning objectives

As famous basketball coach John Wooden claimed, “It's what you know after you know it all that counts.” Time management expert Harold Taylor takes you beyond the usual time management strategies. Using writing as an example, he explains how the Zeigarnik effect, attention residue, ultradian rhythms, chronotypes, and other brain related phenomena can improve both the quality and quantity of your output. A time management book for everyone – but especially those whose focus is on writing.

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, 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. Planning – the key to managing your time
    1. The 90-minute rule of scheduling
    2. Batch your shorter tasks
    3. Beware of marathon work sessions
    4. The “science” behind 90 minutes
  2. When your way of working isn’t working
    1. More to consider than “prime time”
    2. Sample writing times
    3. A nap a day keeps the cobwebs away
    4. The Bermuda Triangle of writing
  3. Writing & living with the Zeigarnik effect
    1. Our brain wants us to finish what we start
    2. How does all this concern writers
    3. The Zeigarnik Effect at work
    4. Make the Zeigarnik Effect work for you
  4. Writer’s block
    1. Is it writer’s block, or simply mental fatigue
    2. Our brain-based executive skills
    3. Routines lead to productivity
    4. Getting over a dry spell
    5. Motivation is critical
  5. Balance high-tech with high touch
    1. Introducing more paper into your daily life
    2. The planner doubles as a journal
    3. Paper can partner with technology
    4. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing
  6. Quality writing is in the editing
    1. Subtractive editing
    2. Editing the manuscript
    3. Plan your edit
    4. Rambling in aimless verbosity
    5. Keep the unused material
  • Conclusion
  • Sources & Bibliography

Apply time management strategies to schedule writing tasks effectively. Use the 90-minute rule to optimize focus and energy during creative sessions. Incorporate regular breaks and naps to maintain cognitive performance. Establish consistent routines for writing to improve productivity and output.

About the Author

Harold Taylor