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By Jonathan Fields

Review: The Joy of Less

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Over the last several years, I’ve begun to appreciate how much easier life is if you have less stuff. You spend less time and effort on maintenance. You spend less time and effort moving. You spend less time and effort organizing your stuff and cleaning.

Read about My Children's Literature Reading Groups in the New York Times!

I've written about my children's literature reading groups before -- yes, groups. I've started THREE of these groups, and each one is a huge engine of happiness for me. Pamela Paul wrote about the Kidlit groups in the New York Times Book Review today: The Kids' Book Are All Right. Fun! * On Twitter? Follow me, @gretchenrubin.

New Web Service Tischen Attempts to Rid the World of Unemployment

New web service Tischen is on a mission to rid the world of unemployment. The site provides users with a variety of ways to showcase their skillset on the Internet and make themselves available for contact with prospects, whether they be freelancers in need of clients or job seekers on the search for steady work.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unitasker Wednesday: Perfect BrownieAre you capable of baking brownies, but haven’t yet figured out how to use a knife? Unitasker Wednesday: Cooler DrySure, you could just flip the cooler’s top open if turning it upside down isn’t your style, but if you did that then you wouldn’t get to buy this unitasker! K is for KittensEnjoy this soul melting gift as my present to

Linkswitch #30: Pricing Tactics, Effective Marketing Campaigns

An Effective Marketing Plan: Getting Started Effective marketing campaigns are the foundation for your business’ success. You might be the best at what you do, but if nobody knows about you and your offerings, and why they’re of value, then that shingle you hung up is going to come tumbling down. Real Life Organizing If you could see my desk you would be mortified.

Reader Story: How I Save Tons of Money by Grocery Shopping Once Every Three Months

This guest post from Jenny Sandman is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Finish Your Masterpiece with Deliberate Goal Planning

All artists want to create massive, powerful works to be remembered by. We have visions of our own "Sistine Chapel" that we want to tackle before we die. The problem with epic projects is that they're often started, but rarely finished. This is precisely why we celebrate massive works: they don't come along very often.

Finish Your Masterpiece with Deliberate Goal Planning

To achieve great things, start by clarifying your end game. A look at how to finish creative projects, with examples from Michelangelo to the Beatles.

Outliers and Frugality

About a year and a half ago, I reviewed Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent book Outliers. In that review, I talked about one of Gladwell’s key points in the book, that a great deal of practice will make a person good at anything: The more important (and interesting) part of the chapter, though, discusses the huge role that nearly-obsessive practice plays in making people great.

Negativity: A Motivation Killer

Negativity can suck the motivation right out of you. You can be yourself, all motivated and ready to take action when suddenly some negative person tells you that you can’t do it, that you’re just going to fail and nothing is going to come of it. Wow. Talk about depressing.

"Life Is Not So Short But That There Is Aways Time for Courtesy."

“Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson * If you'd like a personalized, signed bookplate to put in your copy of The Happiness Project, email me your name, or someone else's name, and the address to which I should mail the bookplate, and I'll send it right off. Feel free to ask for as many as you like.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 7, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

The Simple Dollar Reading Guide: A Visit from the Black Swan

Every Sunday morning for the next few months, I’m going to “riff” on a chapter from my book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by reflecting on particular pieces of it that I’ve had further reflections on or particularly excite me, including some elements that were removed from the final draft.

Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Branding

Starting out in a freelancing career can be tough. Ranging from freelance authors to graphic designers and programmers, freelancing comes with many of the same hurdles. One large aspect is building your personal brand – how do you get people to recognize you for your skills? Thankfully the internet has provided a very simple medium for sharing and obtaining information in a very short time.

Building a Money-Making Blog: Preparation

Last month, I asked if you folks would be interested in a new GRS long-term project, one that tracks my progress as I try to build another blog that produces income. This would be like the garden project I did in 2008 and 2009 (and hope to do in 2011): It’d only take one Saturday post a month for updates. Many of you are interested in this project, but you have some concerns.