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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

27 Productivity Killers: Why Nothing Ever Gets Done!

There is always more to do than time in which to do it. And the more you take on, the more there is to do. You finish one task and six more pop out of no where; it never ends. To toss a major understatement at you - you need to invest your time wisely and that means being productive.Yes, the dreaded 'P' word. Easier said than done, that's for sure. Sometimes, you just aren’t productive.

To find world peace

A monk asked a master, "I just became a monk and would like to know how to enter Buddhahood." The master said, "Do you hear the waterfall?"   "Yes I do" replied the monk.   The Master said, "Enter there."

Mosaic Coffee Table

Materials: Klubbo coffee table Description: I had this chocolate Klubbo coffee table for quite some time. It's getting some chips and wear so I decided to give it a new layer so a new look. I got some turquoise, magenta and ceramic mosaic tiles. Some of the tiles were nipped into 4 tine squares.

Unclutterer’s 2011 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Daily use, multi-use, high utility

Each year when putting together our Holiday Gift Giving Guide, we look for a theme to unify our selections. This year, we decided to focus on items that get a lot of bang for their buck. We want to suggest items that someone on your list might use daily or nearly every day.

Freelance Freedom #235: Managing Priorities

Once a week, we feature a fantastic freelance-themed comic from the talented N.C. Winters. Why not also take a look at our comic archive?

Reader Mailbag: Some Homemade Gifts

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. RRSP question 2. Inadequate income for student loans 3. Emergency fund question 4. Taxes or other uses? 5. Sales over the weekend 6. Multiple student loan payments 7. Cars with leg room 8.

Better than sticking the kid in the actual dresser drawer

Materials: Malm chest of drawers (2), Sniglar bed (1), Ivar side unit (2). Also a Pax wardrobe. Description: We're a family of five living in a small, two-bedroom flat. The two teenage girls share a room, and Junior Muppetface Bananas, age 4½, sleeps in the "master bedroom" (ha) with us.

The Best Books About Money

In my mind, I write about personal finance books all the time. I certainly read them all the time, and I talk about them with the people I know. But the reality is that I haven’t reviewed many books at Get Rich Slowly during the past couple of years. As a result, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking for book recommendations. Last weekend, I sat down to organize my office.

Getting Motivated: Whatever Your Circumstance

Have you ever said you would do something but then never really followed through? Perhaps you were talking about losing a few pounds, quit smoking or find a better job. Sometimes you don’t finish or even get started because you don’t know exactly what you want, where to begin or believe in yourself.

Staying Strong Under Stress

How to keep a clear head and act as your best self when stress is trying to bring out the worst in you.

The Art of Manliness Holiday Gift Guide 2011

The holiday season is officially upon us and that means it’s time for our annual AoM holiday gift guide. When we make our gift guides, we try to hunt down and share the kind of products an Art of Manliness Man would want to find under the Christmas tree: manly, useful, and classic.

Ikea Hobo Stove

Materials: Ordning cutlery stand Description: I had an extra Ordning cutlery stand and decided to give it a different use. As an outdoor enthusiast I decided to convert the stand into a wood-burning (hobo) stove for camping. Cut a 'window' with a Dremel tool to create a 'window' to feed the stove with wood. And that's it, you have an Ikea Hobo Stove.

SVALA Kids Art Table with Storage

Materials: SVALA Table, Utensil holders, PRESSA hanging dryer Description: We have had this great Svala table from Ikea for the last few years. The table has served many purposes and was definitely worth the $19.99 price tag. However as the girls are getting bigger I have found that it is hard for them to sit at the table with all their papers and materials and still have room to work.

Review: How to Have More Than Enough

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. One of the first books I reviewed on The Simple Dollar was Dave Ramsey’s More Than Enough.

Glass Panel Headboard

Materials: 2 Billy Olsbo glass doors, your choice of fabric/paper/etc, blue painters tape, comand picture hanging strips. Description: I really wanted a headboard for my Ikea bed, but didn't find one in the store that I liked. So I decided to make my own. This headboard is mounted onto the wall behind the bed, but still looks really great.