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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Ask Unclutterer: Is Google Docs safe for backing up confidential information?

Reader OB submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I am in the process of scanning all of our tax returns older than seven years and am considering storing them on Google Documents. Do you consider that safe, since they contain a lot of confidential information? Thanks for your opinion. To answer your question, I contacted Timothy B.

What Is the “Bottom”?

Andrea writes in with a heartbreaking story. In your post about helping others, you made several suggestions for helping someone that appears to be in trouble. The item that most struck home for me was: “Wait for their “bottom,” then gently offer help. Although a low point can often be incredibly painful, it can also be an incredibly valuable learning experience for people.

Forget Your Elevator Speech and Say Hello

Today’s guest contributor, Anne Wayman, is a writing coach, ghostwriter and blogs at AboutFreelanceWriting.com and WhenGrandmotherSpeaks.com. She’s also a regular commenter and a super-cool member of our community here.++++You know the thinking behind the much touted elevator speech.

How to Effectively Measure the Amount Of Work You Actually Do

I remember reading somewhere that only a fraction of the work we do every day is productive work. Rest is not actual work; we just fool ourselves to believe that it is.I think that if each of one us were to take a minute and carefully think about the work accomplished during the last 24 hour period, it won't be too difficult to not agree with what I said in the first paragraph above.

Workspace of the Week: Picture perfect

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Paul’s minimalist home office: Photographer and designer Paul transformed an upstairs open area of his home into an unclutterer’s dream office. The streamlined office is organized, well lit, and clutter free. The cable management on the desk is also beautifully done. Be sure to check out the additional images in the series: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Dealing with Problematic Clients and Low Pay

Advertise here with BSACredit: by Yuri Arcurs on Photodune In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at several questions from the same freelancer who is working with a tough employer. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Ask the Readers: What Are the Moral Implications of Spending?

Most reader questions I share at Get Rich Slowly are meant to solve a problem — somebody has a financial dilemma they’re hoping you folks can help them fix. But Rita sent a different kind of question. She doesn’t want to solve a problem — she wants to stir debate. Rita writes: I ask myself “How much is enough?” several times daily.

Join or Start a Group. And Please Answer These Six Questions!

I’ve written before about why the resolution to Join or start a group -- any kind of group -- can bring you happiness.

"I Place a High Value on These Black Market Pearls of Wisdom."

Happiness interview: Natalie Taylor. Natalie Taylor has written a wonderful, moving memoir, Signs of Life. When she was 24 years old and five-months pregnant, Natalie's husband Josh died in a skateboarding accident, and her book describes what she went through over the next few years. I really loved this book.

How to Jump From Rooftop to Rooftop

  So you’re being pursued by spies/and or ninjas who want you dead. They’ve chased you through a building and onto the rooftop. You sprint towards the edge of the building and look down at the tiny cars passing below. There’s nowhere to go…except the roof of the adjacent building.

Bottle Rack to Side Table

Materials: Gorm Bottle Rack Description: I wanted a side table which I just couldn't find. I wanted it hanging instead of being on the ground. So I took this useless wine rack (Gorm bottle rack) and made one! You can find step-by-step pictures on my flickr set.  ~ shoxcorp, The Netherlands

Hero Training: The Leaping Ability Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. For this series on hero training, every other week Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task.

Rusch Clock Face, Background

Materials: Rusch clock, knife, scissors, magazine paper, glue Description: Place the clock face down on a soft surface. Using a knife, push in the three "knobs" in the spaces on the back of the clock (do not break them). This should loosen/pop out the glass.

A Simple Request

Since my tongue-in-cheek post on Monday about my “seminar series,” I’ve been stunned at the outpouring of emails and notes from people who wanted to pay me anyway for that “seminar.” I really appreciate it. I deeply appreciate it. Right now, though, I’m in a financial situation where, for the time being and for the near term, I don’t need that money.

Wooden bathmat/duckboard

Materials: Beddinge slats Description: Having my kitty litter box in my bathroom means always having bits of kitty litter everywhere. It's most annoying when I step out of the shower. A solution to that is a slatted wooden bathmat/duckboard - regular mats simply catch the litter.