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By Mark Shead

Solving the Wrong Problems

It is amazing how good people are at problem solving.  Think of all the inventions and methods people have come up with to fix everything from minor annoyances to large scale worldwide problems.

Bringing clutter into the light

Is there clutter hiding in your basement, attic, or garage? Is it at the back of a closet, under the kitchen sink, or in your medicine chest? What is the situation under your bed, in the linen closet, and in the drawers of your entertainment center? How are things in your filing cabinet or your car’s glovebox?

How to Stay Focused When Plans Keep Changing

I’m a planner. I like checklists and itineraries and schedules. Give me a map and I’ll plod along, one foot in front of the other, until we reach our destination. Of course, life isn’t always so easy. In fact, lately it seems like all my finely tuned plans have been turned upside down.

Reader Mailbag: The Cost of Friendship

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. Balancing limited income and values 2. Getting started with a Roth 3. Balancing social obligations and money 4. Investing for non-retirement goals 5. Economical recipe collections 6.

When NOT to Invest in Your Freelance Career

I often find that when I invest in my freelance career, I experience a boost, whether it’s in ideas, time management skills, or actual, y’know, money. And there’s no shortage of opportunities to invest, whether it’s in coaching, e-courses, college courses, books and e-books, or even retreats for entrepreneurs.

Storage ideas from Where Women Create

Where Women Create magazine is a product of the Stampington rubber stamp company and is published four times a year.

Lack-computer stand

Materials: Lack-wall shelf, Ribba-picture ledge (55cm), 4 screws, 4 Alligator-screw anchors Description: First we sawed the Ribba-picture ledge in three pieces: 25 centimeters from each side. The remaining piece, from the middle, went to garbage bin. We put the picture ledge pieces against each side of the wall shelf.

Unusual Abodes: The Grain Bin Home

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I’m a fan of unusual homes. From tiny homes to recycled homes, I’m fascinated by unconventional ways one can build houses that save on construction costs and future utility bills. Our own house plans are for plastered walls with straw bale infill, and we’re close to breaking ground.

Why You Should Work Smart Not Hard: 4 Ways To Do It

We’re often told that hard work gets us ahead. That’s true to an extent – if you put effort and focus into something, you’re going to achieve more than if you go at it in a half-hearted way.

Tarzan Skills: How to Swim, Dive, Climb, and Swing Like the Lord of the Apes

For nearly 100 years, Tarzan of the Apes has entertained and captivated men in print, radio, and film. To men who feel locked in an iron cage of corporate and suburban life, Tarzan represents the possibility of harnessing their primal side and escaping into the wild to revitalize their man spirit.

Scott Belsky: How To Avoid The Idea Generation Trap

About this presentationWe've all experienced it. After the high of a new idea fades, we enter the dreaded period of execution where nothing remains but the arduous task of actually doing. At this crucial juncture, our natural tendency is often to dive back into idea generation – to re-attain that new idea high – rather than seeing the original idea through to the finish.

Goal Setting Secret – How to Achieve Any Goal

Photo by Wynona Robison By Scott Young This article looks at how a deliberate shift in our views on goal setting can net drastic cumulative results in the long run. Whether it’s career goals or personal goals, we’ve all been there – setting aggressive and sometimes overtly ambitious goals, chasing after it, hitting road bumps and eventually become de- motivated to never see the goal come t

Daily Links: Size 32 Edition

I did a semi-unfrugal thing today. I drove to Costco to buy a new pair of pants. While I was there, I bought a new shirt. I’ve lost a lot of weight this year, you see; but more than that, I’ve lost a lot of girth. My Crossfit workouts and improved diet are starting to pay off. On January 1st, my size 38 jeans felt tight.

Scott Belsky: How To Avoid The Idea Generation Trap

Ever find yourself jumping from idea to idea, hooked on the high of idea generation but never completing any one project? Scott Belsky breaks down road-tested methods for seeing ideas through to the finish.

Frugality, Usability, and Phone Shopping

About a year ago, I decided to get a low-end smartphone, mostly so I could check and make sure The Simple Dollar was still up and running from the road and perhaps tweet on occasion.