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Multi-tasking: Mar Preston

By Mar Preston

multi-taskingIs there anything in life that doesn’t require multi-tasking skills of some sort or another? At any stage in life? Employers want workers who can juggle. My blog host, Thonie Hevron, must have a grasp on multi-tasking during her career as a dispatcher.

Children, husbands, lovers, and readers expect you to be able to swivel from one thing to another.

If readers like your series, they’re panting in expectation for your next book so they can re-enter the world you made them love. Or so authors say. I can’t quite convince myself that the world is breathless in anticipation of my next book.

If I were to be granted a superpower, I’d wish for a no cost, safe, effective multi-tasking ability. Think how many books you could write before flopping, exhausted, into your favorite chair? It’s probably sensible to write when you’re writing, and market (hustle books) when you’re marketing. I end up trying to do both at once. I’m an impatient, jittery sort of person.  My mother used to call me Instant Grat.

20170418_153729My particular enemy is flipping back and forth on Facebook, reading interesting articles about world affairs. Do I think I have to take a test or something? Am I preparing for Jeopardy?  No, I’m not. I’m procrastinating working on my current novel. At one point in multi-tasking I thought leaping from one novel to another when I reached an impasse would make the work easier. Not so. It made both of them hard.

I’ve read that while it may seem you’re being productive flipping from one screen, one item on your to do list to another, the researchers say there is a cognitive cost. You’re not nearly as smart as you think you are. Aging will drive that point home as well.  Oh yes.

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7 comments on “Multi-tasking: Mar Preston

  1. marilynm
    September 15, 2017

    Mar’s series i great. I try not to do too much jumping back and forth to Facebook–and especially not if I’m writing.

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  2. Thonie Hevron
    September 15, 2017

    Facebook is a wonderful tool but can be the great distractor. If I have a promo going, I look at it often, but try to limit my time .

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mar Preston
      September 15, 2017

      I spend way too much time alone so Facebook is a real community for me. I know it’s not real. I know that. But I still like it.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. mmgornell
    September 15, 2017

    Found the more I do, the more I do, and the less I do, the less I do. Not sure which state I like better! (smile) And yes, aging has it’s affect…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mar Preston
    September 15, 2017

    I could learn much from you, Marilyn, if I could keep up!

    Liked by 1 person

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