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By Jules

2012 Resolution #2: Finish a Novel and Write Another One

For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had made some changes to how The Simple Dollar is managed in an effort to free up time for other writing projects that I’ve wanted to take on.

RAST to the Rescue: Effectively Hiding the Cable Clutter

Materials: RAST nightstand, BEHANDLA wood treatment oil, a piece of BOMULL fabric Description: My girlfriend and I were looking for a cheap and effective way to hide the cables of the phone and networking equipment in the living room.

JÄLL frame is good for a "white/color" double laundry bag

Materials: JÄLL laundry bag, some MAJKEN and DITTE fabric, velcro and a sewing machine. Description: As my really old JÄLL laundry bag ripped, I decided to use the frame to create an improved new one. This one has two bags to separate white and color clothes.

Do Women Lack Confidence in their Ability to be an Entrepreneur?

According to a recent study by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 47.7% of women believe they are capable of starting a business compared to 62.1% of men. This lack of confidence persisted throughout all economies and cultures that were included in the study. So what gives? Let’s delve into the issue a little more… Culture is one issue.

iMac Workstation

Materials: Numerar countertop, Expedit bookcase, Vika Byske leg, Ledberg Leds, 2x Signum cable organiser Description: I recently got myself a 27" iMac and since its screen is huge, I decided to increase the depth of my workspace. My room's width is almost perfect for the countertops Ikea offers, so I went right for the Numerar one.

Unitasker Wednesday: Kiwi Guard

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and you’re probably wondering what to get all your party guests as parting gifts as they leave your celebration.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Resolutions Edition

Over the last few weeks, I spent a lot of time thinking about resolutions. During that process, I did a lot of digging for articles on resolutions and goals from people whose thoughts I greatly value. Here are some of the useful articles I found in that search. Solving problems Leaning away from problems rarely pays off.

How I Lost 25 Pounds — And How It Can Help Your Finances

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service.

How to Use a Ghostwriter in Your Own Business

Many freelancers, in a wide range of fields, think of hired writing help as something for larger projects, for corporate clients, not something for the independent one-person shop.

Thrifty Driftwood Deluxe - BESTA at its best?

Materials: BESTA storage units, Piet Hein Eek Wallpaper, Wallpaper glue, paper knife Description: The rustic vintage driftwood trend has been around for a while and seems to appeal to most crafty hackers. Magazines full of pics of the (pricey...) designs by dutch upcycling hacker superstar Piet Hein Eek might have added to this appeal...

Trying to Improve Your Willpower is a HUGE Mistake - Here's What to Do Instead

When we're failing to reach our goals, we often blame a lack of willpower:I've gotta try harder.If only I could stay focused.I need to be more determined.I have to be self-disciplined. The problem is, willpower alone won't get you far. You know that, really; you've seen the times in your own life when you tried to be determined and self-disciplined ...

The Importance of Mindfulness

For many people, the word “meditation” conjures up images of a two-hour “om” session in a room filled with candles, the scent of patchouli wafting through the air. While it would be nice if we all had a couple hours to focus on ourselves, and an unlimited incense budget, for most of us that’s not remotely the case.

Billy Buffet

Materials: Billy Bookcase Description: After trawling your website for more than a year, I finally have an IKEA hack of my own to post. It has taken a while to complete due to personal reasons, but it has been a very fulfilling project. I started off with two wide Billy bookcases, one tall and one short, both in black. These were purchased about 4-5 years ago and were in great condition.

Have You Heard of Peer-to-Peer Lending?

Have you tried getting a small business loan from a bank for your freelancing career only to be turned down? You are not alone. Some freelancers who need access to cash have turned to something called peer-to-peer lending. It’s an interesting model that both Prosper and Lending Club, the two leading peer-to-peer websites, are using.

The Essential Zen Habits of 2011

Post written by Leo Babauta. It has been a year of contentment for me, and Zen Habits. Zen Habits has just finished its 5th year of existence, and every year has been better than the last.