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By Jules

Business Strategy #4: Never Feed A Greedy Beast

When I work with a new marketing client, one of the first things I do is go deep into their business model. This intrigues some…and pisses off others. “Listen up,” I’ll hear, “we’re not paying you to fix our business, we just need more people coming through the door.” To which I reply: Let me ask you a question. In my car, I have a box.

Workspace of the Week: Two to tango

This week’s Workspace of the Week is OrsonKent’s shared home office: Regular readers of Unclutterer know I have a fascination with shared desk space. It’s difficult to share a home, and 5,000 times more difficult to share an office and desk. This week’s workspace beautifully solves all those difficulties. From OrsonKent’s description: The work area I share with Marie.

What YOU Can Learn from Baby-Boomer Blunders

J.D. is on vacation in Alaska. This is a guest post from Neal Frankle, a Certified Financial Planner, and the author of Wealth Pilgrim, a blog about his financial journey. If you know someone in their fifties, don’t be surprised when you discover they’re afraid. I’m 52, and I checked with everyone. They confirmed it. It’s true.

The Importance Of Finding Out What Motivates You

First, let’s find out what the importance of motivation is exactly. Simply put, motivation is that driving force which allows you to achieve your goals and go after what you want in life.

Beginner’s Guide to Plyometrics

Share I’m always looking for ways to mix up my workouts in order to avoid the monotony of lifting weights and spinning my wheels on the elliptical machine.

Modern work desk

Materials: Numerar Countertop Double Sided & Vika Moliden Legs Description: I needed a really wide work station that would let me put up all my music production equipment but also look great while it was all put away. I found a similar desk for 2800 dollars and decided that it was way too much and I could build something better.

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Barefoot Running

‘And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.’ ~Kahlil Gibran Post written by Leo Babauta.

Convenience and Piracy

I’m going to go a little bit off of the beaten path here and talk about something not directly related to personal finance, but something that has a strong indirect relationship: piracy of intellectual property. A week barely goes by when a person writes to me asking for some sort of justification for their piracy of music, computer software, or other electronic materials.

Magic fabric

Materials: 6.5 yards of Majken fabric Description: I folded the fabric directly in half and cut down the fold, making the two panels. To hem each side, I used Stitch Witchery. I followed the steps on the back of the packaging to adhere the 1/2" hem on each side. No sewing machine for this project!

"Conversation (Real and Virtureal), Pajama Parties, and Avoiding Self-Criticism."

Happiness interview: Aidan Donnelley Rowley. Aidan Donnelly Rowley and I were set up on a blind coffee date, as writers who live in the same neighborhood, by the indefatigable Danielle LaPorte. Which is a bit odd, because at that time I'd never even met Danielle, who lives in Vancouver, but only knew her through the internet.

Paperless Office Stories

Did you know that a single two-second distraction can cost you 15 minutes of your day? When your concentration is interrupted, it takes up to 15 minutes to get your focus back. Our ambient sounds help reduce the amount of noise distractions in your workplace.

Jamaica Kincaid on when to be arrogant

Jamaica Kincaid: “Be arrogant & vain when you’re young (that’s the only time it looks appealing).”

The Claim: Caffeine Helps Prevent Nighttime Accidents on the Job

Caffeine beats naps in reducing errors & improving performance among shift workers.

On the Forums: Books, daily uncluttering, and motorcycle gear

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: The Library that Ate My Apartment A Thing a Day: Uncluttering Your Home One Thing at a Time Justin Case — Need Fellow Unclutterers’ Opinions (re: motorcycle gear) Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Reader Mailbag: Draft Copies

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sweating over a lot of the little details of my upcoming book. What will the cover look like exactly? What will the text be on the folds? What will the acknowledgements look like?