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By Brett Kelly

Should You Respond To Every Email?

So much communication, so little time. The result: Email guilt. But should we really feel bad about not responding to every email?

Starlee Kine: Fear, Heartbreak, and Making It Happen Against All Odds

"This American Life" contributor and producer Starlee Kine talks about what making ideas happen has to do with Little Orphan Annie and Phil Collins.

Routine Mistakes

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls must dive below. - John Dryden Humans are creatures of habit. We fill our days with lots of little routines that we often go through with scarcely a thought. I can still describe my typical daily routine from the days when I worked outside my home.

GRS Blogger Profile: Sarah Gilbert

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five-plus years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. Last winter, the staff writers shared brief bios to give readers a little background. Today, our newest staff writer Sarah Gilbert does the same. I used to be an investment banker.

Sharpen Up! Basic Essentials of Sharpening Your Edged Tools

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this? We’ve all seen it before—the pocket knife that you couldn’t cut warm butter with on a hot July afternoon.

EXPEDIT beach at home coffee table

Materials: EXPEDIT coffee table, silicone sealant, bird sand Description: I really love the EXPEDIT coffee table, but most of the time, the glass slips around or dirt and liquids gets under the glass and make EXPEDIT looks really aweful. So, I decided to seal the glass top and fill it with something naturally looking. Five simple steps to your very own little beach: 1.

Rolling Play Table for Busy Kids

Materials: 2 Expedit Shelving Units, 32" door, casters Description: This hack makes an awesome storage unit plus play space for kids. We put together two Expedit Shelving Units, as per the instructions. Then we screwed them together using plates, three under the unit, three on the underside of the top. After trimming, and painting the top (Martha Stewart's Talc), we screwed it in place.

Reader Mailbag: Debt Ceiling Thoughts

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Guilt for every little purchase 2. Handling partner without money skills 3. Auto insurance challenges 4. Handling elderly relative in decline 5. Preparing for a growing relationship 6.

Routines can make even the most unsavory tasks easy

Janine Adams, owner of Peace of Mind Organizing in St. Louis, in her guest post today reminds us that the more routine a chore is, the less we have to think about it. Welcome back, Janine! Good habits are important, but routines are golden. When you string more than one habit together to create a routine, you go on autopilot. You start getting things done without even thinking about it.

Top 6 Mistakes Beginning Freelance Writers Make

Credit: photosteve101 on Flickr Starting a freelance writing business can be overwhelming. As you start to look for those all-important first clients, you may second guess your every move. Making some freelance mistakes are inevitable and even beneficial. Remember the old adage that you learn from your mistakes? However many mistakes are avoidable if you know what to look out for.

Stylish LACK bed head

Materials: LACK tables, Mending plates, wood screws, some self-adhesive felt Description: I found a lot of cheap & simple or simple & stylish bed heads but none that was cheap & simple & stylish.

Nine Easy Tricks to Cut Your Spending Today

How often do you resolve to spend less? And how often do you actually manage that? We’re constantly faced with opportunities to buy something – as we walk down the street, as we drive past stores, even at work with the vending machine or canteen nearby.

Extreme Early Retirement in Practice: How Two People Did It

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a blog, Twittering thing, and other things that are supposed to be important but he often forgets about, such as hygiene.

Stop Worrying What Others Think! 9 Tips to Gain Confidence

Shakespeare was wrong. All the world is not a stage, you just think it is. And it is this thought — the belief that you need to perform for an always-watching and always-critiquing audience — that creates massive anxiety.

Links of Interest

Here is a short collection of very random links that may or may not be of interest. They are just various things that I’ve found interesting and wanted to share. Non-Profit Donations – Most people are involved in some type of non-profit organization.  This post lists some of the options available for accepting donations online.