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By Tim Ferriss

Reader Mailbag: Work, Work, Work

Lots of questions this week dealing with the workplace. Let’s dig in. My work is now offering a Roth 401(k) option in addition to the normal 401(k). We’re down to one income right now so I reduced my contribution to 6% which still gets me the full company match. Raises come out next month so I was thinking of adding a percent or two to my contribution.

Do a Panna?

Over at Apartment Therapy, the good folks came out with an idea on turning the humble (and cheap) Tullsta into a designer Tokujin Yoshioka Panna chair. Batting, moving blankets and a staple gun may be all you need to replicate your own. What do you think?

Advocating for Freelancing

It doesn’t take a long visit to FreelanceSwitch to figure out that many of us were unhappy employees.Some of us made dramatic exits from the job world–stomping out of the office after a fight with the boss, telling an especially demanding client exactly what you think of her micromanagement of your design work, or, on a Friday afternoon, walking out of that toxic waste dump of a workplace

How to Manage Your Financial Vices

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker, whose own blog featured a real life negotiation example in the huge post Negotiation Tips for Beginners. Each of us have specific items or activities for which we are more than willing to pay a premium.

Five Ways to Turbo-Charge Your Lunch Hour

How do you normally spend your lunch hour? Wait, let’s back up a bit: do you even take a lunch hour? A lot of us end up grabbing a sandwich at our desks, checking emails or maybe surfing the net a bit during our lunch break.

Who do our political parties really care about?

Yesterday, I read about the deadlock in Congress over dealing with our deficit and I felt just sickened. I twittered: "I've begun to think that both parties care more about institutional survival than our national and planetary survival."This, in turn, got fed to my "status" on my Facebook page, where lots of people started commenting.

How to Start a Business with Limited Funds

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joel Ohman. Share From early adventure seekers trekking through the Wild West to strike it rich to modern day Web 2.0 startup founders, there is something almost inherently manly about the urge to start a business and especially to start a business with next to nothing in your pocket.

Amaze Your Friends: 5 Props For Beginners That Will Make You a Great Magician (And They Each Cost Less Than $10!)

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from magician Peter Sharpe which originally appeared in the Art of Manliness Community. After recently joining this site and reading the post on 45 Manly Hobbies, I was pleased to see that magic was included in the list.

The Hidden Art of Achieving Creative Flow

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Everett Bogue, author of The Art of Being Minimalist, and blogger at Far Beyond the Stars. Have you ever had a creative evening when time suddenly flew by? A day when you executed a difficult project at work flawlessly?

Optimizing the Value of Your Commute

Kelly writes in: For the first time in my life, I have a daily commute to work. I drive about 45 minutes each way to work each day of the week. According to my math, I’m going to be spending about $125 a month just on gas, let alone maintenance, upkeep, and so on. When I look at it that way, my new job isn’t as awesome as I thought it was!

Unitasker Wednesday: Fit and Fold

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Until I took notice of how manufacturers fold their fitted sheets for packaging, I was abysmal at the chore. Once I learned how to fold a fitted sheet without all the corner tucking nonsense, however, I realized it was extremely simple.

Nine Tips for Feeling Happier When You’ve Lost Your Job -- or Fear You Might.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Nine tips for feeling happier when you’ve lost your job – or fear that you might lose it. Being out of work is a major happiness challenge, and these days, a lot of people have lost their jobs, or are worried about hanging onto their jobs. So, given this major drain on your happiness, are there steps you can take to feel better at such a time?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unclutterer article in latest issue of Real Simple magazineIn the article “10 ways to let go of your stuff,” I spend 1,000 words talking about my transformation from a clutterer into an unclutterer on pgs.

5 Interesting Ways to Improve Your Health and Happiness

When you think of improving your health and happiness, what do you think about? Is it diet? Is it money? Or is it even having that dream house with a nice car? We all have different dreams, but the thing that connects us all is the fact that we believe these dreams will make us happy. Happiness is something that has been studied for a long time. It’s something that we cannot fully grasp.

The Difficult Things

When I’m working on something very, very difficult, I often find myself bumping up against an invisible wall. It is as if my mind just isn’t clear enough to break through. For example, when trying to learn a new, complex mathematical concept, I seem to spend a lot of time teetering just on the verge of a full understanding with no real idea of what is holding me back.