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By John Wesley

Tips for reducing your commitment to unwanted obligations

It’s easy to back out of an obligation if technically it’s not yet an obligation. When someone asks for your help on a project, you can thank him for considering you, explain that you are not the best person for the job, and recommend an alternative person or method for getting the help he needs.

Matisse at MoMA: Carving With Color

At MOMA: a driven, even tormented Matisse, who second-guessed himself, rethought and reworked his images.

How Do You Define Financial Freedom?

Can freedom be bought? Are there any (financially) poor people who are free?

Reader Mailbag: Abraham Lincoln

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. What is a callable CD? 2. Frugal laptop questions 3. Reducing budgeting stress 4. Adequate insurance for single folks 5. Minimizing post-college debt 6. Rent or sell old house? 7. Retirement calculations 8.

Repercussions of uncluttering and organizing

We often talk about the benefits of uncluttering and organizing, but we rarely even hint of their being downsides.

Bali Dispatch #4: Village People, Hidden Art and Selling Out

Imagine having no last name and more than 25% of the population having the same first name as you… That’s how it works in Bali. Here, kids aren’t given any old name. Each of the first four children, in any family, receive the same name. The first kid goes by Wayan, the second by Madé or Kadek, the third by Nyoman or Komang and the fourth by Ketut.

Downshifting: The First Day of the Rest of My Life

“This is it,” I told my wife last Monday. “This is what?” Kris asked. “This is the first day of the rest of my life,” I said. She knew what I meant. For the past few years, I’ve been living in a self-created whirlwind of busy-ness.

Five Simple Diet Tips That Actually Work

A third of Americans are obese – and another third are overweight. The global picture isn't much rosier.Many of us, even if we're not exactly "fat", know that we could do with using a few pounds. Whether it's for our health, to improve our confidence, or just because we want to get back into those jeans, we'd like to diet successfully.

The Power of Gratitude

Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude: Why You Should Bother If you regularly find yourself feeling stressed, are constantly running against the clock, often wonder if there’s any point to it all anyway, and occasionally contemplate just burying your head under the bed-sheets and refusing to face the day then you might want to try something that’s worked wonders for me. I’ll warn you – thi

Stop Living For the Approval of Women

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Wayne M. Levine, M.A. No one wants to admit they’re not funny. Have you ever met a man who willingly confesses to it? Now, you know he’s not terribly funny, and everyone else can clearly see that he’s not funny. But he still cracks his bad jokes as you all groan.

Review: Power of 2

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the most powerful things you can do in the path towards building the career you want, the social connections you want, and the financial path you want is simply work on improving your ability to build and sustain relationships with other people.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 A family’s decision to say yes to what matters most to themIt’s easy to talk about focusing on what matters most, but actually doing it can be difficult — it’s different and it’s not what everyone else is doing. Unitasker Wednesday: Bread slicer and crumb catcherI’m of the opinion that if someone knows how to bake homemade bread that they’re suave en

O Pioneers

Come my tan-faced children, Follow well in order, get your weapons ready, Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers! Our adult lives are a long journey, and as with all journies, those who prepare adequately for that journey will see the most success.

Linkswitch #27: Free Time, Vacation Time, Social Media and More

What Is The Last Thing You Do Before You Launch A Website? One thing that can be said about human beings is that we are, by and large, creatures of habit. We establish routines, consciously and subconsciously, that help us accomplish tasks or move us more quickly or comfortably through our day.