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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Hey, got a Second? How to Stop Being an Interruption Magnet

If you feel like interruptions are constantly holding you back at work then it may be time to admit you have a problem. You're an interruption magnet.Yes, distractions aren't always your fault.

Hamster-Villa above TV

Materials: Bonde Description: In my Bonde-furniture now lives our little Hamster "Hämpfelina". I took out the shelves and everything else. Then I fixed windows of plexi-glass and installed everything for a playful hamster-life! We have now a lot of fun to see the hamster run around! ~ Carola, Switzerland

In case of death …

No one likes to think about his or her death. However, not thinking about it doesn’t mean it won’t one day happen. Not thinking about it also can put an undue burden on those you leave behind.

Plastic Bag Trash Receptacle

Materials: Rationell, hacksaw, epoxy (optional) Description: This little hack turns a Rationell trash receptacle into an interior cabinet trash holder that can reuse plastic grocery bags. I used a hacksaw blade to cut at the red lines. Originally, I tried a utility knife but found the plastic was too brittle and had a tendency to suddenly split.

Inspiring Others to Financial Responsibility Without Being Preachy

Quite often, in our day to day lives, we interact with people who spend with reckless abandon and don’t think for a moment about the long-term financial implications of what they’re doing – or, when they do think about it, they simply believe that someone or something will take care of it for them in the future. For those of us who really understand the tremendous value of gettin

Torked-out Multi-Ribba Technicolour Backlit Feature Frame

Materials: Materials:- 3x Large 50x23cm Ribba Frames, 1x Multi-Colour Dioder set, 1 Bundle of Torka, Kitchen Foil, Sticky Tape, Black Marker Pen, Wood Screws, Electrical Connector Blocks, Paint (optional), Pull Switch (optional).

Confessions of a Spendaholic: How to Curb Compulsive Spending

My name is J.D., and I’m a spendaholic. Now admittedly, I mostly have my spending under control. I’m no longer in debt, and I force myself to make conscious decisions about what I purchase. (Conscious spending is one of the keys to overcoming emotional spending.) Having said that, however, I know that if I relax for even a moment, I’ll be right back in my old habits.

Cold Calling: Separate Yourself from the Bad Guys

credit: ~*Gillian*~ on Flikr When people tell me that their freelancing business has been slow, I suggest that they pick up the phone and start making calls. Reason: Since cold calls have worked well for me, I encourage others to try them as well. Talk about kicking the proverbial hornet’s nest.

Craft the Life You Want: Setting Up Shop or The Importance of Where You Live

Welcome back to our three-part series on crafting a remarkable life. In this series we’ll be drawing parallels from the different aspects of a traditional craftsman’s vocation–his blueprint, shop, and tools–to the task of crafting one’s own life. Last week we outlined how to draw up a blueprint for your life. Today we will discuss the importance of setting up shop.

How To Train Your Mind For Success

I’ve been thinking a lot about the subconscious mind and how it manifests itself in our life. Nearly all goals that are successfully achieved start as an idea, and with positive vibes, eventually turn into reality. As personal development seekers, it’s up to us to train our minds for success.

The Art of Manliness Podcast #34: The Attributes of a Hero With Dr. Frank Farley

Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness podcast! Well, we went on a little hiatus with the podcast. I’ve received several emails and tweets asking what happened to it. With Gus being born and work on the second book, I put the podcast on the backburner. I just didn’t have enough time for it.

Babies and Baby Companies

My wife is due to deliver a little girl any day now, and the waiting is sheer agony. Watching the entire process of a tiny person grow inside of my wife’s belly has been a real mind bender. I also can’t help but notice similar qualities between babies and new companies.

Email Etiquette II: Why Emoticons (And Emotional Cues) Work

Did you know humans are hard-wired to mistrust email? We reveal why, along with 6 simple tips on how to increase the emotional intelligence of your email messages.

Assay: Why I No Longer Worry About Having a "Personal Style."

Assay: A few years ago, I consciously decided that I’d no longer worry much about expressing my “personal style” through decisions such as my choice of clothes or the way our apartment was decorated. It was quite a relief. (I didn't actually do much of this kind of self-expression, but I thought that perhaps I should.) Now I choose clothes that I like and that are appropriate.

How Budgeting Leads to Freedom

This is a guest post from Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the host of the popular Til Debt Do U$ Part on CNBC (Saturday nights at 10 and 10:30). Gail is a columnist for MoneySense, Chatelaine, and Zoomer Magazine and blogs daily at her website, where she also offers terrific tools people can use to dig themselves out of the hole.