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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Closets and Liquidate

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 7. Clean out your closets and liquidate. Even after a few rounds of doing this very thing, our closets are still loaded with stuff. Accumulated but largely unwanted Christmas presents.

Video: Do Something EVERY Day.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- last month's theme was Attitude, and last week's resolution was Make the positive argument. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Are E-Books Cost Effective? The Pros and Cons of E-Books

Yesterday, Google opened its ebookstore for business. The search giant joins Apple and Amazon (and Barnes & Noble) in a fast-growing field. Electronic books will never completely replace paper books, but they’re going to make up a sizable portion — and maybe even the majority — of the market sooner than you think. Naturally, more and more GRS readers are moving to e-books.


Materials: recycled Ikea stools Description: Not my hack, but thought you would be interested. Wahala Temi’s "Afrikea" chair is made from recycled Ikea stools and is part of the "The Global Africa Project" at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Meet the AppStorm Blogs

Two years ago we started a little side project to review and roundup apps. Being bloggers, a kick-ass WordPress setup was the natural way to go. My little brother threw in a great idea for a name, and we lucked out when a super talented blogger named David Appleyard showed up offering to run the project.

Toddler time

Materials: Spontan magnet board Description: I used pinstripe tape, fabric covered cardboard arrow and shrinky-dinks to create a "clock" for toddlers. Full tutorial is found on my blog. See more of Toddler time. ~ Ruth

Your Life, Your Rules. Here’s How To Make Sure You’re The Boss

“You’re not the boss of me!” My sister stared in my eyes and spit those words when she was two. I’ve said it to several people in my life. You probably have, too; probably with passion. It’s true, they aren’t the boss of you. You are.

Managing a Business Through Proper Documentation

When it comes to running a successful business, nothing is guaranteed. People search every day for the magic pill, the secret clue that will transform their business and help it burst through the wall between themselves and overnight success. But like everything else in life, there’s no easy way to go about it.

Making It All Work – In the Real World

This is the nineteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Much of this book focuses not on the day-to-day actions that fill our lives, but on a broader view of them.

Suspension Bridge Shelf

Materials: MARKOR series home entertainment combo plus EKBY BJÄRNUM wall shelf bracket; Extra shelves from the "as is" section; castors on the coffee table so the footstool can live underneath Description: Mounting the bridge shelf to the wall above the TV was proving more difficult than we thought... We came up with an elegant solution without having to drill holes in the wall!

How to Build a Successful Blog Business: Rockable Book Review

Blogging has been around for a few years now and probably even your Grandma has heard about it or perhaps even tried her hand at it. But while blogging has become a rather simple pastime, running a successful and profitable blog has become increasingly difficult. Back before the dotcom bust, advertisers would almost throw money at any blog that had decent traffic.

7 Days and Signed: From Web-Show Host to Major Book Deal

Today’s guest contributor, my friend David Siteman Garland, is the Founder of The Rise To The Top, The #1 Non-Boring Resource For Building Your Business Smarter, Faster, Cheaper and author of Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business+++++On a Tuesday morning this past February I had a conference call with John Wiley & Sons Pu

Pack rats in fiction: Through the Looking Glass

Many months ago, reader John directed me to re-read the Alice adventure Through the Looking Glass. John said there was a terrific example of a pack rat contained in the book, and I discovered it exactly as he said I would.

Quick and Dirty Vacation Planning

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. As I write this, I’m in New York City on a trip I spent about two hours planning. Normally, I like to do my research.

Are Your Systems Letting You Down?

You always lose your keys. You rarely get any exercise. There never seem to be any clean mugs. You keep forgetting to put that letter in the mailbox.