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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Spicing up your kitchen, hacker style!

Materials: Akurum 12" base cabinet, Rationell 12" drawer (24" deep), Perfekt cover panel for base, Linjar (discontinued) cabinet face/door, iron-on white laminate strip, 24' x 22" galvanized sheet metal, Set of 22" full extension drawer slide ball-bearing hardware, 2 small "U" brackets, package of machine screws with covered nuts, 22" white plastic trim, table saw, & basic carpentry tools.

Caring for Your Online Introvert

"For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating."

Maxing out Your Triangle

Maxing Out Your Triangle: Rethinking work-hard/play-hard.

Are You Using a Virtual Assistant?

If you have read The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris, you won’t be surprised by the number of things that you can have a virtual assistant complete. If you haven’t read his book – go read it – but until then, here’s a quick list of some of the things you can have a virtual team perform. Invoicing – create invoices to send to your clients Invoicing follow up – contact your clients

The Summoned Self

David Brooks on the "Well-Planned Life."

A New Way of Reading

Books were good at developing a contemplative mind. Screens encourage more utilitarian thinking.

Solving the Wrong Problems

It is amazing how good people are at problem solving.  Think of all the inventions and methods people have come up with to fix everything from minor annoyances to large scale worldwide problems.

Bringing clutter into the light

Is there clutter hiding in your basement, attic, or garage? Is it at the back of a closet, under the kitchen sink, or in your medicine chest? What is the situation under your bed, in the linen closet, and in the drawers of your entertainment center? How are things in your filing cabinet or your car’s glovebox?

How to Stay Focused When Plans Keep Changing

I’m a planner. I like checklists and itineraries and schedules. Give me a map and I’ll plod along, one foot in front of the other, until we reach our destination. Of course, life isn’t always so easy. In fact, lately it seems like all my finely tuned plans have been turned upside down.

Reader Mailbag: The Cost of Friendship

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. Balancing limited income and values 2. Getting started with a Roth 3. Balancing social obligations and money 4. Investing for non-retirement goals 5. Economical recipe collections 6.

When NOT to Invest in Your Freelance Career

I often find that when I invest in my freelance career, I experience a boost, whether it’s in ideas, time management skills, or actual, y’know, money. And there’s no shortage of opportunities to invest, whether it’s in coaching, e-courses, college courses, books and e-books, or even retreats for entrepreneurs.

Storage ideas from Where Women Create

Where Women Create magazine is a product of the Stampington rubber stamp company and is published four times a year.

Lack-computer stand

Materials: Lack-wall shelf, Ribba-picture ledge (55cm), 4 screws, 4 Alligator-screw anchors Description: First we sawed the Ribba-picture ledge in three pieces: 25 centimeters from each side. The remaining piece, from the middle, went to garbage bin. We put the picture ledge pieces against each side of the wall shelf.

Unusual Abodes: The Grain Bin Home

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I’m a fan of unusual homes. From tiny homes to recycled homes, I’m fascinated by unconventional ways one can build houses that save on construction costs and future utility bills. Our own house plans are for plastered walls with straw bale infill, and we’re close to breaking ground.

Why You Should Work Smart Not Hard: 4 Ways To Do It

We’re often told that hard work gets us ahead. That’s true to an extent – if you put effort and focus into something, you’re going to achieve more than if you go at it in a half-hearted way.