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By Brett McKay

How to Dial Down the Digital Distraction When You Work

Freelancers spend a lot of time online. We search, surf, and even add our own marks to the vast World Wide Web by generating content of our own. I remember in college how the library was the fountainhead of information. I scoured stacks of books to get a snippet or quote to use in a paper. Now I can do the same search in under five minutes online.

Do you suffer from FOMO?

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. When I was in the fourth grade, I had a bad case of FOMO. I contracted it when I realized that all of my classmates (or so it seemed) had Nickelodeon, and I didn’t.

Blanda Blank lighting

Materials: Blanda Blank Serve Scale Description: Buy a "Blanda Blank" salad bowl. Drill a hole in the bottom. Buy at your local wholesaler a cheap light bulb and mount it together. ~ Steven van Meel, Oosterhout, Holland

5 Reasons You’re Probably Not Sleeping

Counting over hundreds of sheep, tossing and turning for that perfect position on your bed, eyes closed but mind wide awake for hours—sounds familiar? This is you in dire desperation for sleep. Mostly as a result of lifestyle choices, a significant number of people have occasional bouts of insomnia episodes and the inability to land a successful good night’s sleep.

The Bad Plus: On Jazz, Humility, and Finding Your Voice

Piano virtuoso Ethan Iverson, of The Bad Plus, shares the inner workings of a trio that has been pushing the boundaries of jazz for over a decade.

How to Tie a Four-in-Hand Necktie Knot: Your 60 Second Visual Guide

The four-in-hand is a simple and easy tie knot that works well for thinner ties with traditional patterns, and pairs best with dress shirts that have narrow spread and button down collars. If you liked this visual guide, let us know, and we’ll do some for the more “sophisticated” knots as well! Related Photos

Best(a) bench I've ever seen

Materials: BESTA bench + 2 BESTA vara (drawer front) Description: Besta bench is ideal to accommodate player, av receiver and console... but Ikea produce only drawers to complete it... so I decide to create a standard bottom-hinged frame in order to use it easily with the electronics.

Make Your Own Playdough (73/365)

Our children have several small tubs of playdough, both the name brand Play-Doh and other brands of similar material, that they’ve received as gifts over the years.

The Unpredictable Freedom and Sweetness of Chaos

‘You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.’ ~Friedrich Nietzsche Post written by Leo Babauta. I’m going to share a productivity, planning and organizational hack that will change your life.

Mac Lack Ikea Hack

Materials: Lack Side table, Apple G5 access panel Description: I'm always on the lookout for creative ways to repurpose old Mac gear. When our old quad core G5 workhorse breathed it's last breath I decided to craft a project that combined two of my favorite things: Apple and IKEA.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Spaghetti Fork

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! It’s usually extremely obvious to me what the inventor of a unitasker was attempting to achieve with his or her product. Even though I don’t have a need for their thing-a-ma-bobs, I at least get what they’re trying to do.

Learn From What You Love to Use

I love Dropbox. Finding this interview with one of Dropbox’s founders, Drew Houston, was like finding buried treasure. In case you haven’t heard of Dropbox before, it’s a file-hosting service that lets people access their files from their computers, smart phones, tablets, you name it. More than 50 million people worldwide use the software.

Elegant RAST... or just another RAST you like

Materials: RAST, 4 meters of wood strips (13 feet), white varnish w. silk gloss, wood wax in cherry tree (Osmo Wood Wax), 3 golden handles, wood puddy Description: What's somehow right is that IKEA's famous budget dresser, known as RAST, looks like a piece from the usual furniture store around, hence pretty plain and like made for an 80s child's room.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2011 Super storage closets A well-organized storage closet can be a beneficial attribute in any home or office. You can easily find what you need, when you need it, and have an exact space to return an object when you’re finished. 2010 Ask Unclutterer: Putting away laundry Your advice on doing the laundry is fantastic. I’ve employed several tips with great success.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

I consider the switches to and from Daylight Savings Time to be largely useless in the modern era. It disrupts sleep patterns, causes people who forget to adjust clocks to miss appointments, and adds something else to worry about to our hectic lives. I understood the need for it in the past, but as the economy changes, the case for the switch gets worse and worse.