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Productivity 501

By Mark Shead

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, November

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

"It Is Well To Have Some Water In Your Neighborhood..."

“It is well to have some water in your neighborhood, to give buoyancy to and float the earth.” -- Henry David Thoreau, Walden * I really enjoyed looking around on Crooked House. * Want to get my free monthly newsletter? It highlights the best of the month’s material from the blog and the Facebook Page. Sign up here or email me at gretchenrubin1@gretchenrubin.com.

5 Small Things You Can Do Today to Infuse Your Day with Positivity

Everyone wants to make big life changes because they believe that it will make their life better. I am talking about HUGE life changing events that will transform you into some other, more powerful you.

"Covey Run" - Quail Condo

Materials: Gorm shelving unit plus extra shelves Description: I call it "Covey Run". This planned community features a six story condo complete with an automatic watering station and a dust bath. It's situated in a lovely orchard which provides plenty of space for day hikes, stretching and other exercise, foraging, and relaxing after lunch under a nice shady tree.

Reader Story: The 30-Day No-Restuarant Challenge

This guest post from Michelle is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. This seems like a natural follow-up to Friday’s reader question about when to start a family. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

Let Go of Your Fears: Learn The Art of Public Speaking

PART 1: I was probably 7 years old when this happened. It was fancy dress competition in our school. My mom, a simple housewife, did not even clearly understand what it meant by fancy dress. My dad, a simple and hard working man, never believed in participating in such events. He always focused more on literary competitions.

The Four Paradoxes of Great Performance

Even the best qualities can turn into weaknesses when we don't temper them. A look at the give and take approach of great performers.

12 Year Old Ingo Reborn!

Materials: Ingo Dining Table Description: Nileey spotted this gorgeous Ingo makeover on Matsutake. It's amazing what you can do with a few strips of 1x2 & 2x2, glue and dowels. See how Katie transformed an old Ingo dining table into a beautiful desk. ~ Nileey

Ikea Helmer has Gone Chinoserie!

Materials: Ikea Helmer file cabinet, black spray paint, chinese chinoserie image from online and mod podge Description: I wanted my file cabinet to look less like a file cabinet so I decided to have a little fun with it. First I sprayed the cabinet a flat black paint, then I googed the word chinese chinoserie online.

Boredom Is Our Enemy

The other day, a friend of mine put up a Facebook update stating that she was incredibly bored. I wrote back and suggested that she come visit me, as I have more than enough things to do. I’ve come to believe that boredom is the enemy of a vibrant, enjoyable, and values-based life.

Another Ikea Maskros Hack

Materials: Maskros Lighting & Pink & White Poster Board Paint Description: I wanted to do a gradient color affect on the lighting that was going to go in my daughter's room. She likes color and she's a girly girl so we chose pink. I divided the flowers into 3 groups.

Floor Lamp for living room

Materials: Ikea Tived + Vate Description: I bought Tived from IKEA "as is" corner at USD 15. Vate is new. I bought black cable and bulb socket from another shopping hall as I could not find black cable at IKEA. Simple hack but it is cheap and useful for me. ~ Bahadir, Izmir TURKIYE

Ian Ritchie: The Day I Turned Down Tim Berners-Lee, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee by Ian Ritchie. In this video he goes over one of his biggest fails, not buying into Tim Berners-Lee idea that his World Wide Web would take off.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #47

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Emerson on the core of things If you’ve been reading these inspiration columns for a while, you know that I hold the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson in high esteem.

How To Stay In Shape When Working From Home

Having a job that requires you to commute every day is a pain, however, it forces you to leave the house and many times, that is half the battle when it comes to adding a fitness element to your daily routine. It's simple enough to go to the gym either on the way to or from the office.Staying in shape is a bit more challenging for the stay at home worker.