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By Tim Ferriss

Unitasker Wednesday: Avocado Cuber (and Avocado Pit Removal Tool and Avo Saver and Avocado Knife)

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I’m fairly certain our Unitasker Wednesday feature could exist entirely on kitchen gadgets that do the same thing as knives.

A year ago on Unclutterer

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Split Level Jerker Desk

Materials: Jerker table, Grundtal lamp Description: How do you make the best desk in the world better? Buy a second hand one from the internet as a parts desk and add it on to yours. I took the top of a Jerker table and made a split level for my 24" monitor and bookshelf speakers. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Make Time for YOU – Part One

Many freelancers are stuck in a rut. We don’t dare pass up work because we aren’t confident it will keep coming in. We forgo weekend plans and even vacations because we are busy. But guess what? All work and no play leads to burnout. It’s important not to forget that you do have a life outside of your office space.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Youth Activities Edition

Sometimes, I wonder what the line is between an appropriate amount of youth activities and too many activities is. My older children have tumbling/gymnastics one night a week, ice skating one night a week, soccer two nights a week when the weather is appropriate, and they both want to join tae kwon do which is one or two nights a week. What’s too much?

Get TV Coverage for Your Freelance Business

Switched on freelancers know that publicity is good for business. Positive press coverage in newspapers, trade magazines and professional journals can raise awareness of your freelance business, create leads and even fill order books. One way to reach a larger audience with public relations activity is to get television news or feature coverage for your freelance business.

How to Stock Your Liquor Cabinet on the Cheap

This post is by staff writer Tim Sullivan. It’s Friday night.

LAMPAN shade drilling

Materials: LAMPAN lamps Description: I do the lighting at a local contra dance (a type of American folk dance). To avoid the use of the hall's ugly fluorescent lighting I use a number of incandescent lights, including IKEA LAMPAN and torchieres. It's evolved over the years, but currently I attach the LAMPAN to some pillars using bungee cords.

How Your Friends Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Whatever your plans are for the coming year, your friends can help. You might be reluctant to let them. Perhaps you feel that accepting help will lessen your own achievement – or you’re worried that your friends might laugh at your goals and ambitions.

Ready, Set, Fast: How Strategic Meal-Skipping Can Help You Lose Fat, Gain Muscle, and Get Healthier

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by John Berardi, PhD. When we were kids, Mom was always looking out for our health. Chew your food. Eat your vegetables. And always eat breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day. As busy grown-ups, a good breakfast often falls victim to the time crunch. Who has time to cook and eat a breakfast of champions?

"Fun Gets Pushed To The End Of My To-Do List."

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader.

RIBBA Digital Photo Frame

Materials: RIBBA photo frame, old digital photo frame, screwdriver, sticky tape Description: I had an old, ugly digital photo frame lying around - It surely wasn't cheap and had been given to me as a present. But it was just too ugly to have it in my living room. Time to change that. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Use the Short Cycle (23/365)

Our dishwasher has an abundance of cycles and options. With just a few buttons, we can choose a light cycle, a normal cycle, a heavy cycle, a steam cycle, and a few other options that, frankly, I’ve never even tried out.

Vate pendant light as a stand lamp

Materials: Vate pendant lamp Description: My boyfriend is really creative, but until now we had no idea about him being an IKEA Hacker. But now I found this site:) We bought a VATE pendant lamp once but it was too huge for our small apartment (and to be honest, I really hated the shape as well).

Starting a Freelance Business in 2012: Planning Ahead

Was your New Year’s resolution to start your own freelancing business? We’re five weeks in—how is it going? I found this article on Freelance: UK that got me thinking about financial issues to consider before taking the big freelance leap.