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By John Wesley

The New Plan for Project Plans: Less Planning

"The biggest drain on momentum in change efforts today..is obsession with the project plan."

Happiness Question: What's an obstacle to your happiness?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day, or – today – Question Day.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Cherry Chomper Cherry Pitter

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I’m not a huge fan of cherries (unless they’re candied and in the middle of a giant dollop of chocolate), so I don’t own a cherry pitter.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Hanging coatsIf you don’t have a closet near the front door to your home, a free-standing coat rack might be a good way to keep your summer jackets from ending up on the back of every couch and chair in the adjacent room. Ability to delay gratification can help with routine maintenanceAn essential component to maintaining an uncluttered life is having routines in place that keep the cl

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Long Road Trip Edition

Over the last eleven days, my wife and three kids and I have been on one long road trip, hitting multiple graduations on different weekends and visiting grandparents and siblings and various other people along the way. I am bone dead tired at this point. Tip: an eleven day road trip with a four year old and a two year old and an infant is not fun. A five day vacation? Sure.

Preserving for posterity or hoarding?

The Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail ran an article last week about artist and writer Douglas Coupland.

If You Don’t Read This, You Just Might Die

As a copywriter and a marketer, I’m fascinated by the crossroads of persuasion and language. One of the things I’ve written about in the past is something I call the headline “persuasion trifecta.” Three elements that when integrated into a headline serve as such a powerful tease, you simply cannot blow past it. Those elements: (1) Self-interest, (2) Curiosity that rises to

Instructions for the Afterlife: Preparing for the Inevitable

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service.

LACK of style

Materials: 2x LACK shelving units, 2x LACK small shelf, 1x LACK large shelf, 2x3 GRUNDTAL spots and dimmer Description: The inspiration came from a trendy furniture store where they had this white furniture in front of this blue-green wall. As it was way over my budget, I had to improvise: enter the Ikea LACK shelves. 1.

6 Tips for People Who Don’t Have Time to Meditate

Interested in beginning meditation but don’t know where to start? The good news is that all you need is 5-10 minutes a day to get started. Are you thinking to yourself, ‘Ten minutes, I don’t have an extra ten minutes a day!

37 Unusual Examples of Business Card Design

Today we’re launching a redesign and refresh of our popular Creattica gallery of inspirational work. The site features almost six thousand items, many of which are just mind-bogglingly amazing. Anyone can submit work for inclusion to the gallery, and we pick the best of the best for showcasing.

Vintage Men’s Adventure Magazines

Share Before Men’s Health and Maxim Magazine, before the men’s magazine category was dominated by glossy, slick publications, there were the “He-Man,” “pulp,” or “sweat magazines.” These “men’s adventure” magazines catered to men of a different generation and reflected the taste and sensibilities of those men.

Freelance Writers: Envato Business Network Needs You!

Are you a great writer with great ideas who wants to join our team? FreelanceSwitch’s sister blogs, WorkAwesome and the Netsetter, are undergoing big and exciting changes and we need writers who can make great, engaging content happen. WorkAwesome WorkAwesome spent a couple of months shy of a year as the web’s best blog for office workers.

Slow Down and Enjoy Relationships

I keep my time saved in a box From going fast in cars I’ve piled it up high From saying hello to friends with a quick goodbye ~Kathryn Williams, Flicker Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Corey Allan of Simple Marriage. The world is seemingly moving at a faster pace. Everywhere you turn, the pace is quick.

Let’s All Find Awesome Jobs

In one recent interview, a reporter made a comment about my book reviews. “I read several of them, and they all seem to be positive,” she said. “Do you like every book you read?” No, of course not. In fact, my friends would tell you that I’m generally pretty critical of the stuff I read. However, I don’t see the point of reviewing books I hate.