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By Brett Kelly

How to Reduce Busy Work as a Small Business Owner

Feeling frazzled? Do you find yourself getting up early, working late, and still not getting it all done? If this is you, like many small business owners you may be stretching yourself too thin. As a small business owner, you have a lot to do.

FINNBY bookcases hacked as rolled textile storage

Items Used: FINNBY Bookcase – Red (6) Flat metal plate strap – 3”x7″ (30) #8 3/4” wood screws – A Bajillion My wife makes things with leather, vinyl and fabric. She collects large quantities of these items, usually by the roll. Storage has always been an issue because the leather and vinyl need to lay flat rather than stand on end.

A Little Happier: Why General Eisenhower Sent a 15-Word Telegram Instead of an Elaborate Message.

This  story makes me choke up, every time. I came across so many powerful stories like this when I was researching Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. What a subject! Have you ever had an experience like this — when you felt that you could say more, by using fewer words? Sometimes, a lot of words only diminish what we want to convey. Want to get in touch?

5 Techniques for Increasing your Focus in 5 Minutes

Did you know that for every distraction, you will have to wait for at least 25 minutes before things return to normal? Yeah, I didn’t know that either. That’s why increasing your focus is vital. The truth is, distractions are now a part of everyday life. Notifications, email, the Internet, social media, colleagues… these are but a few of the many obstacles we face today.

Bem-estar: Veja o tempo de validade de cada alimento na geladeira!

Um dos eletrodomésticos fundamentais da cozinha é a geladeira, certo!? É indispensável para estocar alimentos por mais tempo e evitar o desperdício… Mas, você sabe quanto tempo dura cada tipo de comida ao ser esfriado? O frio realmente conserva o alimento por mais tempo, mas, ainda assim, os alimentos estragam se forem esquecidos dentro da geladeira.

How to Cage the Monkey Mind

This episode is a little different. I visited the Googleplex — the Mountain View-based headquarters of Google — and had a public chat. I was interviewed and made sure that we covered some ground that has not been discussed before.

One of the Biggest Happiness Mistakes that I Keep Making, Over and Over.

“One lives in the naïve notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past.” –Elias Canetti, The Human Province I continually remind myself of this truth.

Manvotional: Jack London on Developing a Philosophy of Life

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from an article Jack London wrote for a journal on writing. But the principles he outlines can be applied to all, writers and non-writers alike. “On the Writer’s Philosophy of Life” By Jack London The Editor, 1899 Now this phrase, “a philosophy of life,” will not permit of precise definition.

My METOD Makeover: The Reveal

It’s been over two months since the installation of my new IKEA METOD kitchen. And I’m finally ready for the big reveal. Thank you for your patience. I had to delay the reveal for a bit to wait for the video to be finalised.

TROFAST Under-crib Drawers

IKEA items used: TROFAST storage boxes Here is an incredibly easy hack I did which solved two problems: 1. Preventing toys and shoes from getting pushed under my daughter’s crib, 2. Adding much needed storage space for kids’ clothes. First, I tried using Ikea’s KUSINER, which had worked so wonderfully as a drawers underneath a critter bed.

Easy non-pink (!) bed for fashion dolls

IKEA items used: RIBBA frame (21×30 cm) I wanted a modern bed for fashion dolls, but those are usually either pink or very expensive if you have them made by an artist. The 21x30cm RIBBA frame is exactly the right size for Barbie, Monster high, small BJD’s and other fashion dolls. As you can see in the pictures, the IKEA PS shelves can also be used as very modern dollhouses. Here̵

6 Ways On How To Attract Love In Your Life

If you’re single, then I’m pretty sure you are looking for the right life partner. If you are, you need to have a good understanding of how to attract love. Finding true love for life requires more than just talent and beauty. There is no doubt that lasting relationships are hard work.


Aprenda a fazer ‘Dip’, um creme para comer com pão! Se você se organizar, vai sujar apenas uma frigideira para fazer a receita! O sabor é ‘pizza de pepperoni’, mas você pode criar variações do prato! O post NA FRIGIDEIRA: DIP DE PIZZA apareceu primeiro em Blog do Bom Gosto.

When to Compromise and When to Hold Your Ground

At some point, most of us end up settling in a major part of our life. We compromise and make tradeoffs. We can’t always get everything we want, of course. We can’t always be in total control. But we can certainly get a lot of what we want, and if we prioritize what’s most important to us, we can probably get the top things on the list.

Podcast #219: The Real Life Story of Hemingway and The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway is a literary legend, but unlike many literary legends, he gained that status while he was still alive.