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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Feed Your Mind Online for Free

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various websites to contribute different articles about tech-related themes. They’ve asked me to do a series of articles for the site.

Getting Real Value from Budgets

When I reached my financial bottom in April 2006, one of my first responses was to simply start reading a lot about personal finance.

Expense Tracking Tips

Over the weekend I was taking a quick look at my expenses.  Being a freelancer has made me hyperaware of where money is coming in, and where it’s going out. On my Mastercard statement, I found that I am paying for two different hosting plans, for two different websites.  Since I don’t own the domain to one of them anymore, it was an unnecessary expense.  Sure, it was only $5 per month, but

Custom wall of shelving...cheap!

Materials: Hyllis shelves, plywood, four band-aids Description: Hyllis shelves are about $15 bucks a pop at Ikea but are rather flimsy and pretty short. For my bedroom, I knew that I needed to house about 1200 books on a 20 foot long wall and I also wanted to house two flat screen TVs (long story why I needed two) that were at the correct height to view from the bed.

Join thousands doing the Sierra Club No Impact Week--Starting 9/29

The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse that starts on Sunday, August 29th. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life.

Sleep Secrets Revealed in Human Hair

Turns out, your sleep cycle is all in the "gene clock" of your hair.

When It's the Candidate's Turn to Ask

Because turnabout is fair play, so be ready for some pointed questions as interviewer.

The beauty of data visualization

We're living in an information glut. How to navigate it? Design. David McCandless's TED Talk.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Bacon Platter

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Mmmmmmmm, bacon.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Making It All Work Edition

Earlier this year, I did a very popular series on David Allen’s book Getting Things Done, one that’s still generating a fair amount of email.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Staying focused on the big pictureOn Friday, my grandmother turned 100 years old, and her birthday has me thinking about a phrase that I often repeat to myself: Even if you live to be 100, life is short.

4 Reasons to Track Time on Projects

I haven’t punched a clock in more than 10 years. And even when I did, I never cared much for the idea. I guess I didn’t like the message it sent out: that I was being paid for my time — not for my ideas, creativity, excellent customer service and added revenue for my employer. I still feel that way as a freelancer.

7 Corporate Sales Persuasion Triggers

Ever try to sell a product or service to a company? Three words - Ack! Oy! Dohhh! When I graduated college, I got a job selling long-distance telephone service to companies.

BESTÅ turns into play-centre

Materials: 2 BESTÅ units with 6 shelfs, 2 BESTÅ units with 1shelf, 2 drawers with front, 4 sets of large BESTÅ castors, 8 square doors, all white. Two MDF wooden plates, white paint, screwdrivers, screws, saw and lots of glue. Two white KRITTER chairs. Description: In our L-shaped living room, we wanted our small kids (1 and 4) to play in the corner.

Investing in Your Life Pays Off in the Long Term

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Simple living is great.