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By Jonathan Fields

8 Tips for Making Friends.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: eight tips for making new friends. Last week, I posted a list How to make friends -- or at least think about it more clearly. That list sets forth the "essential friendship skills." But knowing the essential friendship skills isn't the same thing as being able to make friends. And friends are very important to happiness.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Olive Oil Dispenser Pump

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! “Portion control” is one of the latest buzz phrases in the healthful eating movement. You can’t hear a nutritionist speak without the phrase coming up numerous times in the conversation.

Uncertainty: Sample Chapters and New Pre-Order Experiences

A few weeks ago, I revealed the trailer for my next book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance.Then, last week, I announced a mad-cool 3-book pre-order bundle and a whole lotta people took advantage of the offer.But, then I got a lot of emails from others saying:“I’d love to be able to pre-order 3-copies of Uncertainty and give two to friends, but I’m a bi

Grundtal pivoting TV mount

Materials: Grundtal Shelf, Billy Bookcase Description: I wanted a way to float my TV in the air, at an adjustable angle. I also needed to not make any holes in the walls of my rented flat. I wanted a pivoting-telescoping mount, one that would allow me to put the TV out of the way when (for example) flying model helicopters.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Book review: The Art of Non-Conformity The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World is hitting bookstores today and is a handbook for anyone who wants to break free of an unfulfilled life. As Chris explains, “It’s your own life, so why not set your own rules.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Lack of Sleep Edition

Over the past week, I’ve had the worst case of insomnia I’ve had since my college years. I simply cannot get to sleep before one or two in the morning, and during the last few hours of being awake, I’m basically useless.

The Importance of Community – Part I

Justin Knechtel lives in between the cities of Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, on Mercer Island.

7 Sins of Website Copywriting That Send Prospects Fleeing

Credit: Jeancliclac on Photodune Watch out, copywriting mistakes can loose you potential clients, effect your reputation. As a website copywriter, I quite often notice mistakes in the websites of other freelancers. Let’s look at seven major blunders that appear on the freelancer’s sites on a regular basis.

Boring Birch Ikea Chest of Drawers Makeover: From Drab to Fab

Materials: Aneboda chest, Screw Driver, Spray Paint, Fine Sanding Blocks or Sand Paper Description: 1. Remove/unscrew original block handles. 2. Since the dressers are laminate {like all things Ikea}, I had to hand-sand them to add a bit of texture so my paint would adhere. 3.

Preparing for an Emergency

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about ceviche and how to peel shrimp like a Hawaiian. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how hot it was in the Lone Star State. The update is that we’re literally on fire. Wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes in central Texas, and they’re breaking out all over the state (more than 60 fires so far).

How to Stop Reading and Start Doing

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent a fair bit of money on books, ebooks and course materials over the years. Maybe you’re keen to learn something new – computer programming or website design. Maybe you want to accomplish a big goal – losing weight or getting your finances sorted out. You probably get a little surge of excitement whenever you pick up a new book or sign up

Removal of Browning .22 hack

I've removed the Browning .22 hack. Not because I don't think it is a valid Ikea hack but because it has generated a great amount of negativity and ill-will on the blog, which is not the purpose and mood of this blog. If this hack has offended you, I apologise for my poor judgement in this instance. ~ Jules

Auto Troubleshooting: What’s Leaking from My Car?

It’s happened to all of us. You walk into the garage to get into your car and see a puddle of something sitting under it. “Hmmm, what’s that?” you wonder. “Is it something serious?

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You would have much greater personal wealth if only they would get things in order in Washington. You would have received raises and promotions if only they would see your value at work. You would have a job if only they would actually read your incredible resume. You would be able to save money if only they didn’t manipulate you into buying stuff. No matter what is going on in your life, yo

Toss Productivity Out

Post written by Leo Babauta. For at least a couple of years, Zen Habits was one of the top productivity blogs, dispensing productivity crack for a nominal fee (your reading time). I’d like to think I helped people move closer to their dreams, but today I have different advice: Toss productivity advice out the window. Most of it is well-meaning, but the advice is wrong for a simple reason: it