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By Leo Babauta

9 Immediate Tips To Stay Focused on Your Goals

Do you remember the new year's resolutions you set at the beginning of this year? What are they? How are you faring in them right now? If you're like most people, chances are you've long abandoned those goals. Some of you may not even recall what goals you have set. Which is unfortunate, because goal setting works; it has never failed anyone.

Reader Mailbag: Dog Days

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. Dealing with no credit 2. Handling changing mindsets 3. Spousal disagreements over budgeting 4. Car loan payoff 5. High pay, hate my job 6. House financing question 7. Running for school board 8. Career choices 9.

Effective Communication

Yesterday we talked about influence. One of the primary keys to influence is good communication. It doesn’t matter how good your ideas are if you can communicate them in a way that will connect with your audience and bring about change.  In this post, we are going to look at three ways to communicate  more effectively. 1.

IKEA Tradig: more than a fruit bowl

Materials: IKEA Tradig bowl Description: The IKEA Tradig is a perfect fruit bowl and it also makes an excellent planter. All you need is the bowl, a coconut shell liner made for hanging baskets, soil, and some plants. When I could not find a coconut shell liner small enough to fit, I cut a couple of inches off the smallest size I could get at the garden center.

Playing to Your Strengths

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Shortly after finishing college, a friend of mine was fired from his first job. He kept showing up to work late — sometimes hours late.

Cross Selling More than Just Your Services

Advertise here with BSACredit: james.gordon6108 on Flickr As freelancers, the main thing we can sell is our services. Clients come to us because they want a particular project completed and we have the right skill set to accomplish it. But the truth of the matter is that we have a little more room to maneuver, at least when it comes to what we sell.

Moderation vs. Fearlessness

“Everything in moderation,” my grandmother tells me. It seems as if the generation that went through the Depression and their offspring have held that belief as a method to happy living, or at least contentment.

So You Want My Job: Motorcycle Expedition Guide

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Warning: The reading of this post may cause extreme pangs of restlessness to all cubicle dwellers.

A Cost Comparison of Home Laundry and Laundromats

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see.

Billy Olsbo 117cm Glass Door

Materials: BILLY OLSBO Panel/glass door, Saw - preferably with fine teeth, pencil, square (again, any kind will do)Description: IKEA only makes the BILLY OLSBO door with a wood frame in 212cm (83in) and 52cm (20in) lengths. The 117cm (46in) BILLY OLSBO door only comes with a wood panel - no glass. So what do you do when you want a 117cm door with a wood frame, but IKEA doesn't make one?

Unitasker Wednesday: Tie-Not

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I have many super powers (e.g. I can grab poison ivy with my bare hands and not have a reaction), but my kryptonite are balloons. For starters, I’m allergic to latex, so touching them causes me to break out in a rash.

"Yes You Can Fail, But If You Don't Try You Will Never Know."

Happiness interview: Monica Rich Kosann. I've been thinking a lot about the role of the idea of "home" to happiness, and so I was interested to read Monica Rich Kosann's book, Living with What You Love: Decorating with Family Photos, Cherished Heirlooms, and Collectibles.

5 Reasons for the Joy of Craft, or, Why Is Computer Programming Fun?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Five reasons for the joys of craft, or, Why is programming fun? I recently read (sort of) Frederick Brooks's The Mythical Man-Month. As I understand it, this book is a cult classic, and I was very curious to read it.

Double decker half height Billys with a right angled

Materials: 4 steel plates, 4 right angle plates, a few screws and screwdriverDescription: The book collection grew beyond the half height Billy bookshelf, then beyond two, then at four Billys it just started getting awkward. I originally doubled these up without any hardware, but after moving to SF and not knowing what an earthquake was like, I had to make it a little more robust. 1.

Strength, Flexibility and Will

When we look at enhancing performance in all aspects of life, we tend to focus most on building strength.In athletics, we lift weights, push ourselves to get stronger, faster, better at our chosen event.