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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Professional Time, Leisure Time, and Wasted Time

Most of this article applies to any situation in which someone hires someone else to perform work, whether it’s paying someone to change the oil in their car or hiring a plumber to fix a leaky faucet. On that note, Connie writes in: Your schedule seems overstuffed. Have you ever considered hiring an assistant or a housecleaner or something? I have, actually.

Billy bar table

Materials: 1x BILLY bookcase, 1x VIKKA AMON table top, 2x VIKKA BYSKE table legs legs Description: After moving into a small flat, my wife had the brilliant idea of combining our bookcase with a bar-type dining table.

Top 5 Freelance Forum Discussions on FreelanceSwitch

If you’re active in the freelance forum, you might be aware of what’s going on there. For you who aren’t that active (myself included), might want to check out some of the most notable discussions that took place last week. I’ve been browsing the forum a lot these past days, but I actually haven’t got around to post anything yet.

Magazine rack

Materials: Lekman box, wood sticks, 4 wheels Description: I needed a magazine rack in the bathroom so we buy a Lekman box and my husband added to the container a frame with wheels. The frame is not connected to the container but we have had not capsizing or slide. ~ Luxra, Italy

"Watching Project Runway, Not Criticizing My Husband, and Remembering that 'Things Tend to Get Done.'"

Happiness interview: Trish Ryan. I got to know Trish Ryan because I was such a fan of her first memoir, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Hope, and Happily Ever After. We exchanged emails, and then when I was in Boston for my book tour, I finally got to meet her in person.

Less stuff, more adventure

Today’s guest post is from Sean Ogle a location independent writer and entrepreneur who is currently based out of Bangkok, Thailand. Welcome, Sean! For years I’ve strived to live a simple lifestyle. And, up until four months ago, I had failed miserably at it. I’ve always been a pack rat, and the amount of meaningless stuff I’d acquired would make a pawn shop owner blush.

Reader Mailbag: Pee Wee Baseball Season

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. Rent or buy a condo? 2. Prioritizing limited money for savings 3. Encouragement for staying at home 4. Cell phone: pay-as-you-go or not? 5. Prioritizing debts 6. Wedding gift registry etiquette 7.

AppSumo

AppSumo has a productivity bundle that will give you a bunch of subscription services for only $55.  The bundle includes are: Evernote – The subscription gives you OCR, larger storage and some other features.

3 Ways to Uncover Self-Starting Superstar Hires

Sussing out superstars isn't easy, but there are some key techniques to use during the interview process to help uncover the self-starters.

30 Second MBA: "What's a Risk Worth Taking?"

A handful of global executives get 30 seconds to articulate when a gamble is worth it.

Working Hard Is not Enough. Here's 18 Ways to Work Smart

All of us work hard in life - there is no doubt about it. We work hard in our jobs so we can excel at work. We work hard to maintain our relationships. We work hard so we can achieve the best results in our life.After working hard for an extended period of time, there comes a point when we realize that there's only so much we can do by working hard. Don't get me wrong - working hard is important.

Office upgrade: An extraordinary project for Wired magazine

In college, my friend Scott lent me his dog-eared copy of Hackers and said I should read it. I knew my way around the command line, and Scott was trying to convince me to switch majors and join him in the computer science department. I read the book, was mesmerized by its genius, but decided to stick with journalism.

Fight Creative Time Wasting: Tips for Resourceful Time Wasters

Most readers of this blog provide creative services of some kind, largely as designers or as writers.

The Line Between Persuasion and Manipulation

Not too long ago I was at a small gathering of friends (yes, I really have some…well, okay, one). There were a handful of us, some of them I knew and another handful of people I’d never met before. I eventually circled around to one conversation with a new friend.

Candle dish birdbath

Materials: Ikea Bigarra Candle Dish, 3, 4' wood dowels Description: I bought the Bigarra Candle Dish to use as a - GASP - candle dish. A few days later I began thinking about making a birdbath from scratch because most of them are either too expensive or too ugly. Oftentimes, they are both.