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Magic Spreadsheet

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Productivity Pro 

Ok, so it’s been a while, too long really, and, as always, I have some good excuses that I’m not going to share because, as my old man always said, ‘Excuses just aren’t good enough.’ I’d call them reasons, but, really, reasons are the same as excuses when you’re apologising.

What I’d like to talk about today is the Magic Spreadsheet!

This is a Google-doc created by Tony Pisculli (Travis Gramkowski Senzaki added the live leader board). It’s NOT a Wiki. It is, however, m...


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Productivity Pro Update

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, April 1, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 

So here we are again, one month on, looking back on what progress I’ve made from following Sage Cohen’s Productivity Pro advice. 

The first point I should make is that looking back and comparing my progress has never been so easy. I’ve got daily, weekly, and monthly running totals to compare. I’ve even got totals that provide numbers for how much ‘writing’ I’ve actually done and how much was actually ‘pre-writing‘ — note taking and outlining.

My totals for March were almos...


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Productivity Pro Update

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 

As followers of this blog will be aware, three weeks ago I declared my intent to become more productive. In order to do that I was going to follow the recommendations given by Sage Cohen in her article, ‘10 Ways To Be A Productivity Pro.’

Over the last three weeks I have been reading and re-reading her article and working on putting some of her recommendations into effect. Over that time I have discovered two things: First, Sage’s advice works; and second, concentrating exclusively on p...


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First efforts on the Productivity Path

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 
I took Sage's advice to heart and began with Strategy 2: Live, Breathe, and Write Your Platform. 

First I had to define my platform. Not easy. I'm a writer, like a million other people out there. Eventually I narrowed it down a bit and the newly revamped website is the result. It only took me two days to redesign it all. And all the time I was doing that, and the reading I did today on how to blog effectively and how to market one's work and what are the 70 cardinal sins of writing; I was thin...

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Baby Steps

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 

The old saying, Today is the first day of the rest of your life, seems to have some added resonance for me today. Today is, despite the 25 years that have gone before, the first day of my writing life. At least, that's what I'm hoping.

 

I have been a writer for a long time. I've even been paid for my writing. I've got a complete draft of a novel that I am in the process (a rather long drawn out process) of editing and rewriting. But despite all that, and despite the uncomfortable feeling I g...


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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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