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Digital organizing and productivity tools

I’ve been working with a few tech tools lately to improve my organization and productivity. Some are proving themselves to be quite useful, while I’m on the fence with others. Here’s a look at what I’m using lately, both the good and the could-be-good. Photo management I’m still years into my search for the perfect digital photo management solution.

Video: One Easy Way to Fight a Bad Habit? Make It Inconvenient.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness.

Eight Strategies for Fuel Efficient Driving

A few weeks ago, I found myself following a strangely erratic driver while rolling along on US-163 here in Iowa. This driver was doing several very noticeable things. For starters, this person was driving several miles an hour under the speed limit, going about 57 in a 65 MPH area.

Get Rid of Morning Anxiety with 10 Easy Positive Affirmations

“What is love? Love is the absence of judgement. ~Dalai Lama.” Do you wake up with morning anxiety, feelings of stress and tension even before facing your day? Did you know that when you first rouse out of sleep, you are your most vulnerable and most susceptible to worry and anxiety and stress? And did you know that you can heal your morning anxiety quickly and easily with the right tool?

WDS 2014 Speaker: John Jantsch on Recognizing Our Choices

Later this morning we’ll release the first round of tickets for WDS 2015, a global gathering like no other! But first, we’re rolling out a different speaker video every day.

A Destination Wedding in Your Own City: A Story from Patrick and Laura Furlong

This is a reader story. (Read others or tell us yours.) Patrick and Laura are two travel-loving newlyweds. When I heard the story of how they incorporated travel into their wedding, I had to share. – We’re obsessed with stories. If you needed to only know one thing about us, that’s it. At our core, it’s who we are and what we’re about.

PAX / Billy living room storage with silhouette doors

Materials: 1 Billy bookcase, 2 PAX wardrobes, PAX door hinges, PAX shelf inserts Before we were married, I knew that my now-wife and I would live in an apartment and we would desperately need storage for items related to her direct sales businesses (fashion jewelry, bags and teaching couponing techniques etc).

Saving Money in Your Startup — Part 5

Keeping good books is essential to keeping your business… in business. Photo: Dave Dugdale Have you ever written a check and paused for a moment to mentally check your bank account to make sure there were sufficient funds in the account for the check to clear? I have, and I’m guessing you have too.

Common Money Mistakes College Students Make

Don’t sleep through registration. If you miss signing up for just one required class, it could cost you thousands of dollars to make up those credits later. Photo: hackNY College is an exciting time of new experiences, learning, and figuring out the rest of your life.

Should you consider ETFs for your portfolio?

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Exchange-traded funds (commonly known as ETFs) are a relative newcomer to the American investment scene, having been approved to be publicly traded by the New York Stock Exchange just over 20 years ago. However, in that time, they have managed to capture about $1.7 trillion in investor money.

Destroy before you create. So scary. Sooo effective.

When I was going through my divorce I was forecasting with a friend what the future might look like for my ex and me in terms of “friendship” or no friendship. That wise sister said, “You just need to let it ALL fall apart before you can put it back together.” Too right. I used to do interior design work, (paid the bills while I wrote my first book proposal).

13 Destructive Habits You Need to be Aware of

We are all guilty of self-sabotage at least one point in our lives. These behaviors often creep up on us, and before we know it, they're habitual. Awareness towards one or all of these habits can significantly increase anyone’s quality of life.

Margaret Cho on Comedy, Bisexuality, and The Slow-Carb Diet

“My dog thought I was a singer… because dogs don’t understand standup comedy.” -Margaret Cho [20:40] [Housekeeping update: The demand for my $5K Holiday Megabox exceeded expectations, so I'm opening up a few more slots. First come, first served, and deadline is 11:59pm PT today, November 11, 2014.

BESTA Floating Credenza

Materials: BESTA shelf unit with high gloss, white doors two BESTA shelf suspension rails  3/4″ X 47 3/4″ X 16″, Aspen panel I’m excited to share one of the big projects we worked on (before I share the full reveal!) to help transform the space with a trusty old DIY Ikea hack floating credenza.

Reviving Blue Collar Work: 4 Myths About the Skilled Trades

“Consider the reality of today’s job market. We have a massive skills gap. Even with record unemployment, millions of skilled jobs are unfilled because no one is trained or willing to do them. Meanwhile unemployment among college graduates is at an all-time high, and the majority of those graduates with jobs are not even working in their field of study.