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By Mark Shead

iPod Giveaway

We haven’t given anything away for awhile, so I thought it is about time we did another contest.

Email Etiquette for the Super-Busy

It's time to take a leaner, meaner approach to email. We lay out 10 simple tips for making email more efficient, and more actionable.

"If You Think About Yourself, That Very Fact Changes You."

“If you look at a thing, the very fact of your looking changes it…if you think about yourself, that very fact changes you.” -- Robert Penn Warren * A challenge for people who, like me, love to read is figuring out what books to read next. So many books, so little time! I was very happy to discover the New York Journal of Books -- an online resource of book reviews.

Review: Lighten Up

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. No, this isn’t a weight loss book.

Linkswitch #51: Free Services & Web Design Trends

Creative Use Of Video in Web Design: Background Videos Since its early days, video has been one of the most powerful and efficient tools of visual communication. It is able to deliver a direct and clear message to a broad audience as well as focus viewers on something particular.

Shawn Blanc on Randy Murray’s Simple Productivity Task Of The Day: Create A To-Do List For Others

Some tasks you just shouldn’t be doing yourself, even if you could do it better and faster yourself. By avoiding delegation you are piling up work for yourself that may not be the best use of your time. As a boss you’re the only person who can do Task A. Yet you’re spending your time on Tasks B, C, and D because you’ve decided you can do them quicker than someone else.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Chair socksLook at these cute socks. Oh, wait. You’re saying they’re not socks I can wear? They’re socks for my chairs? James Jamerson’s Uncluttered Bass RigI’ve written before about my constant battle with an affliction called Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS).

Who Is Your Real Boss? Some Perspectives on Career Success

Let’s get this straight right out of the chute: your real boss is you. “Yeah, right,” you might be saying to yourself. “Easy for you to say. You’re self-employed.

Reader Story: How Our Simple, No-Category, Mostly-Cash Budget Accidentally Paid Off the Car

This guest post from Heather is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

The Perfect Posterior: Kettlebell Swings and Cheap Alternatives

Tracy: 100+ lbs. lost with 2-3 sessions per week. In The 4-Hour Body, I profiled Tracy R., a mother of two who lost more than 100 pounds. The secret wasn’t marathon aerobics sessions, nor was it severe caloric restriction. It was the Russian kettlebell swing, twice a week for an average of 15–20 minutes.

Are These 5 Common Mistakes Keeping You From Being A Good Listener?

“To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and it is as essential to all true conversation.” ~ Chinese Proverb Listening is the most important part of a true connection in conversation. When we listen, we gain knowledge and understanding about people and circumstances.

You Can’t Make Someone Be Who You Want Them to Be

Change in another person has to come from within them, not from within you. One of the most regular themes in emails I get from readers is a desire to somehow change the nature of the person they’re married to.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #1

I’ve decided to retire the Time Machine series (for now). Instead, I’ve decided to start a new series, highlighting ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1.

The Laundry Agreement

Yesterday, I made a passing reference to The Laundry Agreement. A couple of eagle-eyed readers noticed a further reference in the screenshot I posted to illustrate the article. Kevin and Samantha both searched for answers at GRS, but couldn’t find them.

Review: The Procrastination Equation

Piers Steel’s new book The Procrastination Equation made its way to my door last week. I’ll admit, the title taunted me to put off reading it — it’s as if just seeing the word procrastination could create a self-fulfilling prophecy — but, I didn’t.