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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

The Shortcut to the Shortcut: The 4 Key Principles of The 4-Hour Body

This short presentation, delivered in Berlin at the NEXT Conference, covers the four key principles of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Body. It also includes an interview with the fantastic David Rowan, editor of Wired Magazine in the UK. The Q&A covers smart drugs, Ambien, measurement of “thoughts” (prefrontal cortex activity), and more.

A Sleek, Wall-Mounted Spice Rack

photo courtesy of www.casasugar.com Materials: RIBBA picture ledge, DROPPAR spice jars Description: I discovered this while Googling around this morning. It's a simple, but very effective hack to create a minimalist spice rack with a cleverly stenciled RIBBA picture ledge.

Decluttering as Zen Meditation

Post written by Leo Babauta. Decluttering your home or workspace can often seem overwhelming, but in truth it can be as peaceful as meditation, and can be a way to practice living mindfully and in the moment. Decluttering can be your zazen, as it is often mine. Recently I was honored with the chance to speak to a class at the San Francisco Zen Center, with the wonderful Zen priest Susan O’Co

Ask Unclutterer: Dreaded filing

Reader C submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My husband and I have a problem — while we’ve managed to declutter our little apartment to a state that makes us both happy, we both *hate* filing papers. It’s the one task that never seems to get done because we both avoid it, hoping the other person will break down and do it.

Flower Light

Materials: Stranne Standard Light,Thin card, scissors, glue and punch Description: Old lights remodelled into a flower light. WIP at the moment. Thin card layered flowers cut from hand and then added to each of the tiny lights. Remove the bulb push on the flower and then screw the bulb back into the holder. Can't be too thick as the bulb won't go back on and connect.

The Gorm Sewing Table

Materials: Gorm shelf, racks, Trofast storage boxes, screws, L brackets, etc. Description: We needed a sewing table and a place to use our laptops in the study room. Popped by Ikea and got a sudden inspiration with Gorm Shelves. The table top would be made by joined 2 pieces of 83cm by 50 cm gorm shelves. (Have to remove the plastic at the side) Table legs at 2 sides: - 1.

Workspace of the Week: Glorious green

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Substrata Studio’s wonderful workspace: I like this desk setup because it has ample storage, a significant amount of clear work surface where Substrata can spread out materials if necessary, and that the area under the monitor is used for things he regularly needs. I also love the happy green walls, which are an uncommon color for an office.

The True Nature of Fulfillment

One of the best things I’ve ever posted on The Simple Dollar (in my opinion, anyway) was an article entitled “Some Thoughts on the Fulfillment Curve.” From that article (where I’m referencing the book Your Money or Your Life: The middle portion of the first chapter focuses on the “fulfillment curve,” which basically refers to the idea that once you reach a certain leve

Taking The Whack Out of Feedback

Today’s quest contributor is a long time friend of the community, Certified Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner and writer, Tim Brownson.+++Have you heard of the feedback sandwich?I’m sure if you’ve ever worked in the corporate sector you have, because a great many companies employ it as a way of offering criticism/feedback to employees during annual appraisals.Just in case you’re not

7 Must Read Life Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America (USA).

3 Steps to Igniting Your Design Planning Process

Advertise here with BSACredit: elenathewise on Photodune More than once, I’ve made the mistake of diving head first into a project, full of enthusiasm and brimming with ideas.

Ask the Readers: How Can I Handle “Required” Office Spending?

“Money is more about mind than it is about math.” — That’s one of the fifteen tenets of the Get Rich Slowly philosophy. By this I mean that psychology and emotion and relationships play a bigger part in our financial choices than the pure mathematics of any given situation. This manifests itself in lots of ways. Sometimes, it even crops up in the workplace.

How to Say YES to NO

I can’t help you move this weekend- I’m writing a book.

Classical Rhetoric 101: Logical Fallacies

I hope you’ve enjoyed our series on classical rhetoric. Today, for our final entry in the series, we will be discussing logical fallacies. This is a pretty important topic. Much of our debating has moved out of the public square and onto the internet.

Self Discipline and Habits

This morning, I answered a question in the latest Reader Mailbag on self discipline and habits. I’ll reprint the question and answer here for your convenience. Q1: Self-discipline or habits? I’m an avid personal finance reader/thinker, and an avid runner, and lately I’ve been struggling with the question of whether my success has been due to self-discipline or motivation for goals.