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By Jules

Book review: Keeping It Straight

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to read Keeping It Straight — You, Me, and Everything Else by Patrick Rhone. It’s a digital book that is part memoir, part simple living and productivity guide, which through a collection of short essays addresses clearing clutter from your life to greater experience happiness.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Back Pain Edition

On Sunday, I twisted my back stepping out of the shower, pulling a muscle. By Tuesday, my back felt mostly better. I’m my son’s soccer team coach and the boy was so excited to play, I went out and jogged all over the field with him and his team during the game, even though I knew I should rest. Tuesday night, that muscle popped again. Ouch.

Getting Real: Chris Brogan On Making Human Business Work

Chris Brogan is on a mission, though it may not be the one you think…He’s one of the most ubiquitous people on the internet, a speaker at conferences and events globally and prolific beyond measure. But, did you ever wonder what Brogan is really building these days? What’s working phenomenally well for him? And what’s not? Whether he’s happy?

Ritva Curtains and a Band of Ribbon

Materials: Ritva Curtain Panels, Ribbon, Glue Description: Ikea Ritva white curtains hang along my living room window and after a little hack, they look amazingly stunning (and much more expensive than Ikea prices). To update the plain white curtain panels, I added a 2-inch wide, black, grosgrain ribbon along the inner edges. The process was quick and painless (only about 30 minutes).

Boost Business with 4 Old School Marketing Tactics

Advertise here with BSACredit: Brett Taylor on Flickr Everyone’s focused on the digital world these days, and rightfully so. There’s always a new technology rolling out and its exciting to be amazed at what our favorite gadgets can do. But when it comes to customer service and getting clients, you’ve got to integrate the old with the new. Why?

Your Retirement Account Survival Guide

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 a piece of carpet that was once in Elvis’ jungle room (no joke!). Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. An IRA is a simple little thing.

7 Ways to Be Happier At Work – Today

Do you enjoy your work? Maybe you do – you have a job which you love, and which you find interesting and fulfilling. Or maybe you don’t – you hate your job but you have to stick with it because you need the money. Chances are you fall somewhere in the middle: you have good days and bad days, and you could definitely be happier than you currently are. So, here are seven litt

A Man’s Guide to Pregnancy: How to Deliver a Baby in a Pinch

I'm sorry to report that this is not a step in the process. As you count down to the arrival of your progeny, you may read some books on pregnancy or go to a childbirth class with your wife, and feel like you can picture in your head how the whole thing is going to transpire: your wife laboring in a hospital bed (or at home for you earthier types) and you holding her hand while the folks

Your Signature Dish: Wüsthof Classic Ikon Chef Knife Set Giveaway

In his post about the kitchen knives every man should own, Matt Moore recommended Wusthof knives for all your kitchen cutlery needs. The folks at Wusthof saw the article and offered to give away a set of their classic Ikon chef knives to one lucky AoM reader.

The Desire That Defines Your Direction

What do you want right now? I’m not just talking about the big things or your goals in life. I’m talking about everything. What are your greatest desires right now? It might be very short term. You might want to go to the restroom. You might be hungry or thirsty and want food or drink. It might be something material. Maybe it’s a gadget that you want.

Four reasons you may be missing deadlines and how to fix these problems

When a deadline isn’t met, it is often because of a breakdown in one or more of these four areas: Time management Prioritizing Impulse control Communication Time management Most people underestimate the amount of time it takes to complete a task.

10 Ways to Reduce Clutter

Clutter comes at a cost.  A room with a lot of clutter takes longer to clean.  A cluttered closet can make it nearly impossible to find what you are looking for.

Tromso got flipped, turned upside-down

Materials: Tromso, philips screwdriver Description: No longer wanting to sleep while so high, I wondered if I could flip my Tromso bed and only use the top part, but upside down. It looked possible from my initial inspection. Note that the mattress base was in four pieces, supported by cross-members. So to get it to a bed state: - Flip the whole bed completely.

Please Don’t Tweet This

I was sitting in the room at SOBCon in Chicago over the weekend. It was a wonderful event.

Set Aside a Specific Time for Something That's Important to You.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Time. Last week’s resolution (on the theme of Body) was to Cultivate good smells. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?