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By Brett Kelly

How To Discover Your Productivity Patterns

When it comes to the work you do every day, what are the things that truly only you can do because they are an extension of your unique gifts and abilities? These are the things worth organizing your day - and your life— around.Beyond these genuinely unique contributions, daily work-related tasks and responsibilities generally fall into the four categories described below.

Would you contact an ex to get it back?

Having trouble making a decision about if you should keep or get rid of something? My friend Ann found some good advice for you: There was a thread on Ravelry about minimizing stuff.

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Dan Pink on the surprising truth about what motivates us: Animated!!

Consider What Your "Top Idea" Is Making You Do

What pops into your head in the shower is more important than you think. "Top Ideas" influence all our other thoughts.

Six tips for organizing your time spent on the telephone

Work calls are unavoidable, but less to-the-point than emailing. Here are tips on making them more productive.

Ten Big Mistakes #7: Stuff Without the Time to Enjoy It

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes.

Client Follow-Up: Getting Your “Duck-Ins” in a Row

Sometimes, you’ve gotta be that “in your face” type of freelancer. By that, I mean client follow-up. You may have to duck in and check up on clients to make sure you’re getting the work. Especially in business, the early bird gets the worm.

What’s keeping you from climbing Kilimanjaro?

While having tea with my aunt a few weeks ago, she told me the story about how she climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro when she was in her 20s. I’d never heard this story before, and my jaw dropped numerous times as she shared the once-in-a-lifetime experience with me.

Free Money-Management Spreadsheet

Whenever I write about personal-finance programs, there’s always a large contingent of GRS readers who chime in to say they prefer the do-it-yourself method. Rather than go with pre-packaged money-management software like Quicken or Mint, they prefer to track their accounts with a home-brewed spreadsheet.

Thoughts on creating positive change in your organization

This weekend I worked with a group junior staff at a certain organization. Part of what we did was workshop what could be done to make their organization more eco-effective or even--a word I like better--"regenerative." The group elected four representatives to approach senior staff with ideas. I sensed frustration in them and sent them the note below.

The Myth of More: Why It Won’t Make You Happier

Photo Credit: Gabrielle Esperdy We’re taught that, in almost every area of life, having more is the key to happiness. Not satisfied with your job? That’s because you want more money. Unhappy with your home? You want more space. Bored of your gadgets and DVDs and computer games?

Measuring the Man: How to Measure Yourself for Clothing (Plus a Bonus Personal Sizing Card)

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com. The other day I walked into J.C. Penney’s to pick up a white oxford shirt.

Ten Big Mistakes #6: Children Have Huge Financial Ramifications

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes.

Do You Have Happy Memories of a Place Associated with Your Grandparents?

A few days ago, over on the Facebook Page, I asked the question, “What childhood places were most important to you?” I answered, “For me, the Plaza library in Kansas City.

Five Easy Ways to Safely Vent

Have you ever had one of those days where everything was going wrong?  You missed a deadline, you lost a good client, an oft-promised cheque still hasn’t arrived, final notice on your cable bill came today, the client isn’t buying into the concept, your spouse is upset, your dog has fleas, and to top it all off – you just dropped your bread, and it landed butter side down.  Worst Monday ev