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Productivity 501

By Mark Shead

It’s Not About Having the Right Partner. It’s About Being the Right Partner.

I stumbled across the above quote (which I’ve been unable to source) a few weeks ago. Since then, the idea has been running through my mind as I realized how often the idea behind the quote comes up in our day-to-day lives, personally, professionally, financially, and otherwise. Simply put, none of us live in a bubble.

Atran Red Cross

Materials: Atran medicine cabinet Description: I used painter's tape to mask off the red cross symbol on the front door of the Atran lockable cabinet. Next I took 180 grit sand paper and gently scuffed up the remaining surface of the front door. ~ MyDesignerMuse

Surround Yourself with Passionate People

Post written by Leo Babauta. Last night I had an amazing dinner with my wife Eva and my friends Scott and Jesse and their wives Chelsea and Joanna. The gathering itself was simple: six people, simple healthy food, a little wine, a little tea, nothing else. Except that we lost ourselves in conversation so deeply that before we knew it, it was 1:30 a.m.

Stolmen Scratch post

Materials: Stolmen post and hooks Description: Scratch post from stolmen post, small trees, carpet, a large plastic barrel and some other scraps. (Also featuring kitchen worktop, shelf brackets, copper water pipe and some old textile and a huge amount of sisal rope and glue.) See more the Stolmen Scratch post. (Google translation here) ~ Selma, Norway

7 Money Mistakes World-Changing Teachers Make

Today’s guest contributor is my friend, Jennifer Louden. Jennifer is a best-selling author of six books, teacher, and a “curious soul who is learning how to savor and serve the world these days.” She teaches an on-line program with Michele Lisenbury Christensen called Teach Now.++++Information overload is a constant these days. But transformation overload?

Reader Mailbag: Family and Friends

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Switching credit cards 2. Accepting pay for articles 3. Building credit 4. USPS refund on principle 5. Marriage and alcoholism 6. Roth 403(b) contributions 7. Reaching a teenager financially 8.

Bringing order to your top desk drawer

An organized top desk drawer, full of pens with ink and sharp scissors and supplies you regularly use, is as important to your productivity as the system you use to manage tasks and calendar items. Simply put, if you can’t easily access the materials to do your job, you can’t efficiently do your job. Disorganized top desk drawers aren’t usually short on office supplies, though.

Freelance Confidential: Now Available!

We’re very proud to announce the release of Freelance Confidential, Rockable Press’s newest book on freelancing. This book aims to provide the hard numbers on the biggest issues of freelancing and advice on how experienced freelancers can improve their business.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, March

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Do Programmable Thermostats Really Save Money?

Programmable thermostats save you money. That’s a no-brainer, right? You’ve seen that advice in books and magazines and on personal-finance blogs — even here at Get Rich Slowly. Well, it turns out programmable thermostats aren’t the miracle device we’ve believed all along. In fact, sometimes using a programmable thermostat costs more than not having one at all.

12 Critical Things You Should Never Tolerate

There is so much in life that we just tolerate. Some of it we have to deal with (taxes, bad weather, traffic). But there’s a good portion of stuff that we tolerate even when we don’t have to. We step around things, overlook irritations, and mindlessly accept energy drains.

What Man Understands That He Is Dying Daily? (This Is Your Life)

The largest portion of our life passes while we are doing ill, a goodly share while we are doing nothing, and the whole while we are doing that which is not to the purpose. What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he is dying daily?

Review: 168 Hours

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. 168 hours? That’s the number of hours in seven days – a typical week.

"We Do Not Learn So Much By Our Successes As We Learn By Failures--Our Own and Others'."

“We do not learn so much by our successes as we learn by failures—our own and others’. Especially if we see the failures properly corrected.” -- Frank Lloyd Wright * Want to launch a group for people doing happiness projects together? Email me at gretchenrubin1 at gmail dot com. Just write “starter kit” in the subject line.