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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Reader Mailbag: Tomorrow

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. Investment choices 2. Changing one’s mindset 3. Tea Party thoughts 4. Angry at myself 5. Thoughts on interest-only loans 6. Importance of debt-to-credit ratio 7. Free running music 8.

Why Should You Publish a Regular Email Newsletter?

Why bother with a regular newsletter? Because it’s a fabulous way to build relationships with the people who are – or could become – your clients. Now, you’re probably thinking that, in these days of text messaging and connecting via social networking sites, email has become stodgy and boring.

Is uncluttered and remarkable living the best path for you?

Unclutterer: Someone who chooses to get rid of the distractions that get in the way of a remarkable life. There are three important words in this definition – Chooses. No one can be forced into being an unclutterer. Distractions.

College Savings: The Basics of Saving for College

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Got kids? If so, you’re probably hoping to send them to college. And you know it won’t be cheap.

Vika Flying V Desk

Materials: 2 Vika Grevsta, 6 Vika Curry in Black, 3 thick steel lumber bracing plates, A drill and Lots of round headed screws! (Size 8 x 1") Description: While searching high and low for a desk that will multitask (Hold my computer and arts & crafts) we ran across the Vika series in Ikea. The prices were just right however the size was a little smaller than I had in mind.

"We're Often Under the Mistaken Impression that Cheering People Up Involves Being Sunny."

Happiness interview: Alain de Botton. I'm a longtime and ardent fan of Alain de Botton. Sometimes, you find a writer who shares your preoccupations, and this is absolutely the case for me with his imaginative, insightful work. Subjects including happiness, work, love, and the problem of biography -- his books tackle all these fascinating subjects, and more.

Are You Overworking? 7 Important Steps To Avoid Burnout

Do you have a good work-life balance right now? Do you spend a good amount of your time working? Do you feel like you have a lot of things to do but you can't seem to finish them? Has it been a long time since you had a break or a vacation?If you answered yes to any of the questions, there's a good chance you're prone to burnout.

10 Ways to Stop Multitasking & Be More Effective

Multitasking is the bane of productivity. Countless tasks are started, but none of them finished because you are rotating between the many options and not devoting your best efforts to any one action. You might have given a good thought to a job, but good thoughts do not provide the same satisfaction as completion. It’s time to focus.

Muay Thai: A Primer on Thailand’s National Sport

Editor’s note: This is a post from Bryan Schatz who has been guest posting for us the last couple of months and has now become a full-fledged Art of Manliness contributor. Welcome aboard, Bryan! *** The monsoon downpour ends just before we hop out of the cab.

Soul Shelter lives!

Yes, long inexplicable silence has its mystique, but enough already!

Art of Manliness: Mobile Site Edition

Just a quick announcement. Today we’re launching a mobile version of the Art of Manliness that’s compatible for most touch-based smartphones. If you visit AoM on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry Torch, you’ll see a nice mobile-friendly layout. No special app needed. Just visit the site on your browser, and boom! Mobile Art of Manliness.

Doing the Math on Refilling Ink Cartridges

Many of us (myself included) have an ink jet printer at home for home printing needs. We certainly use ours for lots of things, from printing off forms to making pictures of our children for various uses. It’s also widely known that it’s possible for people to refill their ink cartridges. It’s fairly simple to do, except that different cartridges have different procedures.

Mapped-Out Kassett Boxes

Materials: White Kassett cd boxes, various road maps, scissors, glue (rubber cement or 3M Super-77 spray) Description: I noticed the Kassett boxes are dirt cheap ($4/pair) but horribly boring. So, to spruce them up, I got various road maps and gave them a face-lift. I got all of my road maps from AAA and bus stops.

Best Books on Investing: My Favorite Investing Authors

Best Books on Investing: My Favorite Investing Authors 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. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. A few weeks back, J.D. listed his favorite finance books (and encouraged readers to suggest their own).

Trying To Get Yourself To Start Exercising (or Whatever)? 6 Tips for Sticking to Your Resolution.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 6 tips to hold yourself accountable for keeping your resolutions. One thing I’ve discovered from doing my happiness project is – no surprise – it’s easy and fun to make a resolution, but it’s not always easy to keep a resolution. I’m fascinated by the question: what allows people to keep resolutions?