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By Tim Ferriss

Questioning the Norm: Storing Fruits and Veggies

This post is from staff writer Tim Sullivan. In France, they peel apples. When I worked as an au pair, the kids would ask me to peel them. I’d sit there wondering why anyone would ever peel an apple.

6 Point Productivity Starter-Kit for the Novice Freelancer

Before I took the big entrepreneurial leap in 2010, I had always worked for a single employer. But you know how the story goes— suddenly the cubicle walls start to feel claustrophobic, the beck and call of the chain of bosses starts to grate, and you yearn for something, well, more inspired.

Bekvam spice rack as keyholder

Materials: Bekvam Description: Bekvam spice rack, white painted, switch the hanger in the back, perfect for hanging key chains! See more of the Bekvam spicy rack. ~ pocalinde

What Exactly is Self-Awareness?

I said to myself towards the end of 2011 that apart from being true to myself and who I am, I would like to increase my self-awareness. But wait a minute, what exactly is self-awareness?

How and Why to Write Your Own Personal Manifesto

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Zach Sumner. “I only read nautical novels and my own personal manifestos.” – Ron Swanson If I were to say the word “manifesto,” you might think of either Communists or serial killers.

How to Have a Healthy Relationship

Photo by aeschleah Guest Post By Mika Maddela “All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” ~Proverb Our relationships with the people around us are among the most important aspects in our lives.

MASKROS but not XL

Materials: MASKROS lamp, scissors, small (pen)knife Description: It has been here already but with the IKEA PS MASKROS (big) lamp. I bought the smaller version and being inspired with this hack decided to make it. I didn't glue the cups. Thought if they are going to be dirty or something happens with them I can always change them without any problems.

Transformer Jacket is more than meets the eye

We’ve reviewed Scottevest products in the past, and we’re big fans of their approach to space-saving design. They recently sent us one of their new Transformer Jackets for us to review.

Ikea meets Kohler

Materials: Hemnes Dresser Description: For the longest time, I've wanted a bathroom vanity that doesn't require me to bend over and wear out my back. Being tall has it's ups, but downs as well! For the longest time, my wife has wanted her "own" sink :) Don't ask - but it's the standard in most US homes - his & her towels, his & her sinks etc.

Don’t Get Optional Stuff During Maintenance (43/365)

Whenever I get an oil change at one of those typical oil change places (think JiffyLube or something similar), I’m inundated by requests for tons of optional things.

Can You Summarize The Challenge of Happiness In A Single Sentence?

Partly as an intellectual discipline, partly for fun, I often push myself to answer tough, conclusory questions, such as "If you had to pick just one thing, what's the key to happiness?" or "What are the ten most common myths about happiness?" The other day, I asked myself: If I had to state the central challenge of living a life of happiness, in a single sentence, what would it be?

Hacker help: A shorter Ekby Alex?

Materials: Ekby Alex Description: I have a big question. I really want to use the Ekby Alex as a small suspended desk in my studio apartment BUT it's too big. I only have 100 cm and the shelf is 120 (don't know in inches). Is there any way to shrink it? Honestly don't know how to face the drawers...

Why a 9 to 5 Job Isn’t Necessary to Get the Job Done

One of the perks of being a freelancer is that you keep freelancer hours—you work when you want to. I happen to like to get started early so I get a good number of hours in while it’s still light outside.

A little homework might help you reach your objectives

Most of us joyfully said goodbye to homework when we left school. I certainly was glad to see it go, especially the busy-work stuff that didn’t serve any point except to waste a lot of time. Recently, I’ve had a change of heart, at least when it comes to self-imposed homework.

10 Places to Find Potential Clients that You can Engage with Online

Do you have a collection of potential and past clients on your social media networks that you gain work from?