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By Tim Ferriss

Calling Cards Fit for a Gentleman: Art of Manliness Calling Cards and Giveaway

A couple of years ago we wrote an article on the gentleman’s guide to the calling card. It’s one of our most popular posts on the site, and we often get emails from readers inquiring where they can get a set of manly looking calling cards. We toyed with the idea of creating our own set of AoM-themed calling cards for awhile but never really took action on it.

Free Book Summary

I really enjoyed the book Talent is Overrated. It looks at how great achievers get and keep their high level of skill and talks about the need for specific intentional practice.

Two Wheels to Freedom-Part II: Gearing Up for a Bike Tour

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Bryan Schatz. Leaving off from the previous post on the nature of bike-touring and what to expect, the following is a basic overview of equipment and things to consider in order to prepare for a bike-tour. Invariably, the particulars of each tour will vary depending on your particular style.

Needing More Than Ourselves to Be Ourselves

My friend Heidi recently sent me a link to a fascinating article over at Mark Vernon’s blog (a philosophy-focused blog) entitled AS Byatt, who we are, and maps again.

Does Saving Stimulate the Economy More than Spending?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. When the 2008-09 financial crisis hit, my husband and I were debt-free and building our savings. We were proud of what we’d accomplished, and I used to stare at our savings balance with a smile after every payday.

Researching Your Client: Clever or Creepy?

Whenever a potential new client contacts me, I like to investigate them to find out as much about them and their business as I can before I contact them.  This helps me get an idea as to what they are going to be like to work with, as well as the type of product they are looking for. Sometimes this might seem a bit creepy. Using nothing more powerful than Google (but really, is anything more powe

Teen boy's always closed closet door

Materials: Window panels Description: Closing bifold doors is just too much trouble for a teen boy. I cut curtain panels in half to make strips. They are stapled to a 1 x 1 which is mounted above the inside of the closet. The strips are narrow enough to walk through easily, but fall right back into place to make the door ALWAYS CLOSED! The black border is chalkboard paint.

Habits of Mind

Habits of mind for solving mathematical problems - or any problem in life.

The Face of Facebook

In-depth New Yorker profile of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

University Declares A Week Without Social Media

Harrisburg University declares Social Media blackout to force students to reflect on their lives and habits.

Unitasker Wednesday: 1 lb Fat Model Replica

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! After injuring my foot this past winter, my doctor prohibited me from running and walking for more than a mile a day until my foot completely healed.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Banishing the No Momentum MonsterWe want to again welcome guest author Alex Fayle, the writer and professional organizer behind the helpful anti-procrastination website Someday Syndrome.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Super Money Secret That Will Make You Rich Edition

Are you ready? This truly is the financial secret “they” don’t want you to know about. Ready? Here it is. Spend. less. than. you. earn. Of course, if it weren’t such a secret, no one would be drowning in debt and no one would be completely panicked if they lost their job. How Do You Measure Delight?

7 Tips for Avoiding Procrastination. Without Delay is the Easiest Way.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Seven tips for avoiding procrastination. Going to the gym. Practicing a new skill when you have no skill. Giving bad news. Dealing with tech support. We all have to make ourselves do things that we just don’t want to do. Here are some tricks I’ve learned that help me power through the procrastination. 1. Do it first thing in the morning.

The dimensions of stuff

In Peter Walsh’s It’s All Too Much Workbook (the companion piece to his popular It’s All Too Much) he discusses the physical limitations of storage and how to use math to determine how much you can keep and have your home be clutter free. From page 63: While you are figuring out what fits where, there is a concrete way to measure your space for what it can contain.