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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Video: Make Time for Fun. Even If You Have To Schedule It Like a Dentist's Appointment.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- This month's theme is Fun. Fun may sound frivolous, but people who regularly have fun are much more likely to describe themselves as happy. Last week’s resolution was to Find some fun.

US recession changes spending priorities, doesn’t reduce spending

Michael Mandel, former chief economist at Business Week and current editor of Visible Economy, wrote yesterday about US consumer spending trends in a post on his website titled “Where Americans Are Spending More.” The post explains that since the recession began in 2007, personal consumption expenditures have actually increased: Right there up at the top is America’s love affair with

How Not to Fail at Frugality

Yesterday, I had a wonderful conversation with an Associated Press reporter who was writing a story about teaching children how to be frugal.

Offload Distractions to Your iPad (or Other Device) to Actually Focus on Work

Isolate distractions (email and instant messaging) by shifting them to one device.

Savoring Your Time

"Many of us don't know exactly what to do with ourselves when we're not working."

Life Without the Web

Is being online essential to our happiness? James Sturm on his 4-month Internet fast.

Market Your Business by Being Two-Faced!

I’m a great believer in targeted marketing and specialization. Focusing on particular types of clients and offering services aimed tightly at specific needs enhances your appeal to those clients at the same time it improves your efficiency, resulting in better margins on your work. But it is possible to market your business by having more than one target for your services.

Freelance Radio, Episode 46: The Final Episode

The final episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) answers questions from the mailbag before bidding farewell to the podcast. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

MOM! We need another ANEBODA! The bathroom cabinet is completely full again!

Materials: ANEBODA wardrobe (3x) Description: Hej, by moving into our new a apartment we got a problem in the bathroom. We needed some space to store all the things you use in such a room (like towels, etc.) Unfortunately just one side provided enough space to built up a bathroom cabinet and this side was limited by the wall covering for the wash basin and an electric outlet.

Reader weigh-in: How do you organize your clothes dresser?

I prefer to organize my clothes in a five-drawer chest of drawers based on the order I put them on: undergarments in the top two drawers, then t-shirts, pants, and finally socks in the bottom drawer.

Stopping Shopping Momentum

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Shopping momentum is the bane of many budgets.

How to Find Enough Time to Do Everything You Want

We could all do with a few more hours in the day. There are so many different things we want to do, in every aspect of our lives. We want to improve our financial status, get further with our career, take part in the hobbies which bring us alive, and give something back to the world.No wonder we get overwhelmed.

7 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

Procrastination is like leaving the headlights on in a parked car: it’s a slow drain on your mental battery. The longer the lights are on, the harder it is to get the engine started. By continually avoiding doing something you know you need to do, procrastination sucks the energy out of you. This is doubly true for a task like writing.

Random Episode 12 – Favorite Design Sites, Skydiving, New Books, and More

(If you’re connection is slow, please allow 5 minutes or so to buffer. For lower-res but faster loading, click here) This long-overdue episode of Random, filmed at Samovar Tea, includes… - Book updates and new book recommendations (including Omnivore’s Dilemma and If This Is A Man : The Truce) - Favorite sites, including design-focused sites - The new Kindle vs.

How to Make a Corn Cob Pipe

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from by Bryan Schatz. Pipe smoking is the oldest form of smoking tobacco, developed during an era in which men would make time to sit at the end of a hard day’s toil, to rock back and forth in their favorite chair and observe the rotation of life.