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By John Wesley

Slow and Steady: More Thoughts on Physical and Financial Fitness

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Last week, Robert Brokamp lamented about his not-ready-for-prime-time bikini body, asking GRS readers “whether it might make sense occasionally to engage in some extreme fiscal or physical fitness in order to see bigger results sooner, which could serve as encouragement to keep going.” Brokamp’s post was highly entertaining to be s

Vika Curry speaker stand

Materials: Vika Curry leg, Ekby Statlig shelf Description: The goal was to make a pair of cheap and simple speaker stands. Vika legs are just suitable height to bring the speaker to the ear level when I'm sitting down, and in black they will match the legs of my desk. For the base plate I used an Ekby Statlig solid wood shelf in 19cm width.

What’s your Productivity Personality Type?

Image courtesy of William Steig/NY Magazine I have a confession to make: I’m not a planner and I don’t have any real productivity system to speak of. I’ve tried systems like David Allen’s Get Things Done and after a month of I gave up on them.

Computers Learn to Listen, and Some Talk Back

Are robots more efficient at being doctors and personal assistants than humans are?

The Key to Creating Remarkable Things

No one likes the feeling that other people are waiting – impatiently – for you to get back to them. At the beginning of the day, faced with an overflowing inbox, a list of messages on your voicemail, and the to-do list from your last meeting, it's tempting to want to “clear the decks” before you start on your own most important work.

15 Great iPhone Apps for Men

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com. Throughout time men have harnessed technology and different tools to improve their lives and to become the best man they could be. Cavemen used flint and steel to start fires. Ancient soldiers smelted different metals to create stronger swords and weapons.

Video: Imitate a Spiritual Master. Who Is Your Spiritual Master?

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 -- this month’s focus is Eternity. Last week’s resolution was to Clear a surface. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Getting Things Done: Making the Best Action Choices

This is the ninth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Over the last four articles, we’ve reviewed four of the five major components of getting things done: 1. Collecting all of the stuff you need to do 2.

Stool in the Japanese style

Materials: IKEA's stool, acrylic paint, silver ink Description: 1. buy stool 2. paint it by black acrylic paint 3. process sandpaper on the edges stools 4. paint the picture by the silver ink 5. covered with polyurethane varnish that's all!!! ~ Ataka, Russia

Business Planning Advice for Freelancers

I’ve been reading through a lot of articles from our archive this weekend, and I managed to get some inspiration, great tips, resources and so much more from doing it. With this I decided to share a few of the best articles I dugg up within one single post.

Having Enough Energy to Chase Your Passions – Outside Your Day Job

You might dream of quitting your day job. Perhaps you want to be an artist, or a musician, or travel the world, or do volunteer work, or any number of other things. You might have a particular passion or keen interest – but the catch is, you still need to pay the rent.Books like The 4 Hour Workweek aside, most of us do have to stick with a day job while pursuing other interests on the side.

Organizing to foster creativity

Creative personalities have the stereotype of being messy, disorganized people.

11 Creative Ways to Avoid Becoming a Workaholic

Setting boundaries, 8 hours of sleep-how many or these cardinal rules do you break?

Your Blog is Not Your Resume (and 7 Other Tips)

A new job may be a byproduct of your site, but shouldn't be your only motivation.

Invincible Apple: 10 Lessons From the Coolest Company Anywhere

Because being like Steve Jobs takes more than adopting his uniform of jeans and a black turtleneck.