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Boundaries at Work

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The result of boundaries at work is increased productivity due to the freedom to focus on the priorities of your job with fewer energy draining distractions, interruptions, and needless sidetracking.
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It is difficult to focus your attention on the priorities at work if you are continually interrupted, distracted, and asked to help with projects and tasks outside your area of responsibility. And it is difficult to apply your full energy to these same priorities if you are forced to work all hours to get them done. The solution is to set boundaries that limit these random requests for your time and attention and allow you to say no to being pulled in dozens of different directions. The result, as you will find in this book, will be a win-win situation where the organization, and everyone in it, achieves clarity and increased productivity.

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. The need for boundaries in your life
    1. What are boundaries?
    2. Boundaries protect your time
  2. Set personal policies as your major boundaries
    1. Let personal policies guide you in your business
    2. Examples of personal policies
    3. The power of personal policies
  3. The role your planning calendar plays in boundaries
    1. Whose priorities are in your planner?
    2. Let your planner say” no” for you
    3. Include personal commitments in your business planner
  4. Know how to say no
    1. Maintaining your boundaries
    2. It’s easy, but not always wise, to say yes
    3. It takes courage to say no
  5. Enforce your boundaries
    1. Be assertive, but not aggressive
    2. Enforce those boundaries already in place
    3. Tackle those time demands
    4. Selecting your obligations
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

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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.