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Writer to Writer - February 2009 - Issue One

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It's been one hellava month already.  In the past two weeks we've had two deaths in the family, plus two friends have died.

My cousin spent more than a week on a respirator after going into a coma.  It's a long story, but it appears to be due to medical negligence, so the coroner is investigating.

He was in his early 40's and sure didn't deserve this.

In addition to this, you've no doubt heard about the horrific bushfire Australia has endured. They're in my state of Victoria, but I'm not in the midst of them.  (Thanks to all who have emailed to check I'm okay.)

Like most Australians, I cannot believe how devastating these have been.  So many people killed, and so many homes lost. And in some cases, due to arson. I don't want to get into a rant, so I'll stop now...

My daughter and her family live in one of the fire-stricken areas, but luckily have not been badly affected.  They were evacuated, but have since been allowed back home and put on 'alert'.  Thankfully, the worst of the fires are over, but there are still flare-ups happening.

As you can see, it's been a difficult couple of weeks.  But the newsletter is finally here, and I hope you'll forgive it's lateness.

In between all this bedlam, I managed to do two copywriting jobs - how, I'll never know, but I did.  Plus I've again added more to The Writer's Guide to Time Management: How to Boost Your Productivity and Earn More!

I now plan to release this book on March 1, by which time it should be totally ready.  I'd prefer to delay the release than to present you with an inferior book - absolutely not my style.

I mentioned in the last issue about Kevin Riley's Product Creation Lab 6-Week Workshop.

As promised, I've managed to negotiate a terrific discount for you. To get the full story please go here:

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Last time I talked about some of the new additions for Writer2Writer.  The forum has been installed (thanks Craig!), and yesterday I created forum sections, such as copywriting, non-fiction writing etc.  So, the forum is ready for use. 

Be aware it is totally empty, and has only the bare basics at this point.

When you visit (which I hope you do), make sure you register so you can post. I've created several 'sub-forums' to keep the subjects discussed orderly.  To start a new thread, select 'new topic' under the related forum. 

It's an easy to use forum, so I don't expect you'll have too much trouble. If you believe I've forgotten a particular forum or sub-forum, please let me know and I'll consider it.  These can only be added by admin (me!).

Okay, I suppose I'd better give you the link!

The forum will require some moderators, so if you are interested, please contact me via email (or via the forum PM system).  There's no monetary compensation, but I'm sure I can come up with something worthwhile.

Okay, time to move onto the current issue!

Quite appropriately - with the pending release of  The Writer's Guide to Time Management: How to Boost Your Productivity and Earn More! - Cheryl Malandrinos writes about multi-tasking and whether or not it helps your productivity.

Okay, that's it from me - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.  (I'll endeavour to get caught up and produce another newsletter later this month.)

Til next time…



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Multi-tasking - Tips and Tricks to Make it Work! 


 Cheryl C. Malandrinos - All Rights Reserved. 




If you’ve spent any time in the corporate world, then you’re familiar with the term multi-tasking.  Employers mention it in their job posts and applicants proudly put “ability to multi-task” on their resumes. 

Multi-tasking is a good thing, right?   

Well, maybe not.   

A University of Michigan study found that participants took longer to complete math problems if they tried to switch back and forth among tasks.  In addition, Russell Poldrack, a UCLA associate professor of psychology and co-author of a study on multi-tasking says that, “Multi-tasking adversely affects how you learn," because “…that learning is less flexible and more specialized, so you cannot retrieve the information as easily.” 

Author and management expert Dave Crenshaw even wrote a book to help business leaders and employees recognize why multi-tasking is counterproductive.   

How can you stop multi-tasking in a world where cell phones, PDA’s and laptops keep you connected 24/7?  

Here are some tips to get you started.



      Read the entire article here



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