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By John Wesley

Jeff Chairs a la M(IA)ondrian

Materials: 2 x white Jeff foldable chairs + various spray paints/acrylic paint + masking tape Description: Taking two plain and simple foldable Jeff chairs we had sitting in the garage, we decided they could do with a splash of colour! My first intention was to add a simple Mondrian style pattern. After laying out the pattern in masking tape, the blocks of colour were sprayed.

"When I Feel Stuck or Stumped, I Go For a Stroll."

Happiness interview: Jonah Lehrer. I'm a huge fan of Jonah Lehrer's work—and there's a lot of it, because he's insanely prolific—and I'm tremendously interested in the subjects he covers both in his books and in his writings for periodicals like the Wall Street Journal.

Using timers to improve productivity

If you’re a regular visitor to Unclutterer, you know I have a strange obsession with timers. I’m someone who has a meandering mind and am easily distracted. I’ve been tested for ADHD, and I don’t have it. Therefore, I think the technical term for my concentration issues is normal human.

How a Mad Rant Turned Into a Real Business

It started with my own frustration. I’d just signed my first book deal, and being a maven and a marketer, began to devour everything I could find about book marketing. Over the next year and a half, while writing the book and running my full-time brick and mortar company (yes, they still exist!), I spent a ton of time tracking, deconstructing and reconstructing the best launches, and talking

Reader Mailbag: Climbing Children

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. Career change conundrum 2. Teaching children chess 3. Home alarms 4. Developing a savings plan 5. Financial advice media 6. 401(k) as mortgage savings tool 7. Book deals 8. Headaches 9.

3 Ways to Be a Better Businessperson

No one is perfect, and we can all improve upon ourselves to become better businesspeople. I really liked this article by Brad Lebo, one of the principals at Vital Growth. He lists some challenges that each and every one of us can focus on and conquer in order to be better freelancers. These aren’t all of his tips, but the ones most suited to your needs. Read the entire blog post here. 1.

Why I Love Budget Travel

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. I love budget travel. Maybe it’s from watching too many episodes of Europe Through the Backdoor and drinking the Rick Steves Kool-Aid, but I wonder if you’ll believe me when I tell you that I wouldn’t travel any other way. Last year I was considering taking a trip with friends — an all-inclusive spa vacation at a fancy resort.

How Much Time Should You Really Spend Networking with Other Freelancers?

We all know that we need to spend as much time as we can networking with prospective clients. But how much time should you spend networking with other freelancers? Other Freelancers Aren’t Just Competition As a freelancer, other freelancers have to seem like competition. But those other freelancers can also be resources.

High times for Billy

Materials: BILLY x 10 Description: I wanted to construct a floor to ceiling bookshelf with some nifty details and considered building it from MDF boards. Being am a fan of the most efficient way of doing things and also load painting details I choose to make it from 10 BILLY units, 8 wide and 2 narrow.

Why Stepping Back to See the Big Picture is So Important

At times, though, it’s vital that you take a step back. It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the little steps of your projects, goals, and even your whole life, without ever thinking much about where you’re really heading. Read more at PickTheBrain.com

8 Insights From Upstart Inventors

From a photo sharing app to clothing made from sour milk, we look at the origin stories of eight inventors under 30.

8 Insights From Upstart Inventors Under 30

From a photo sharing app to clothing made from sour milk, we look at the origin stories of eight inventors under 30.

Sell Bulk Entertainment Items at a Secondhand Entertainment Store (101/365)

Yesterday, I talked about the value of selling individually valuable items using internet auction sites and classified listings.

Head for the Hills This Weekend: How to Execute an Impulse Road Trip

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeff More. Have you ever found yourself on a Wednesday afternoon at work wishing you could be camped out in the mountains this weekend? Stop telling yourself you can’t on such short notice, because you can.

Unitasker Wednesday: Pour some iced coffee on me

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! As a lover of all things coffee, I embraced the tip I got from a friend to freeze coffee in ice cube trays to use in iced coffee drinks.