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By Gretchen Rubin

Getting Things Done: Five Key Things

This is the final entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen.

Get Your Mailbag Questions in For Freelance Radio’s Finale

It’s been a great three years and an excellent 45 episodes of Freelance Radio, but all good things must come to an end. Freelance Radio’s next episode is going to be its last.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #15: Write-Offs, Alternatives to Cold Calling

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at free work and taxes and how to pitch to restaurants. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that aims to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

The Writing Marathon, or How to Get New Ideas When You’ve Reached the End of Your Thinking

This week’s Friday guest contributor is positioning and creativity guru and blogger, Mark Levy of Levy Innovation, who’s also a friend and author of the newly-expanded, and re-subtitled bestseller, Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content. ++++ In the past few days I’ve talked with a dozen smart people who create content for a living.

Pimp my PUGG (clock)!

Materials: Ikea PUGG clock, spray paint, plastic bags/scrap paper Description: After re-doing our bedroom with some major punches of color, I found myself longing for something a little more swanky to tell me the time. Our basic Ikea PUGG just wasn't cutting it. A simple face lift turned it from office-boring to designer-slick!

Workspace of the Week: Cable cleanup

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Kraemer’s media center cord control: Okay, so this week’s selection isn’t necessarily an office, but it is a beautiful example of cable management. By using hardboard pegboard and plastic cable ties (which are insanely reasonably priced at less than $4.00 for 100), Kraemer turned a possible rat’s nest of cables into a work of art.

Ask the Readers: Which Credit Cards Do You Use — and Why?

I’m always reluctant to cover credit cards here at Get Rich Slowly. There are other sites that do it better. Besides, I’m still not wholly convinced they’re a good idea. Plus, my wife — who is always right — told me the other day, “I don’t like it when you write about credit cards.

5 Key Steps That Will Improve Your Decision Making

Have you ever made a stupid decision? Of course you have - we all have!There is no shame in making the occasional stupid decision; that's part of being human. But if you want to save money, increase your productivity, or simply stay sane, you would do well to reduce the number and frequency of those stupid decisions.Put another way, you would do well to make smarter decisions.

How to Focus When You Work from Home

Photo Credit: 1stWebDesigner More and more of us are working from home nowadays. With fast broadband and mobile phones, we’re no longer tied to an office. Employers are becoming increasingly willing to consider remote working arrangements, and you may well have taken advantage of these yourself. Alternatively, your whole job may be home based.

Man Knowledge: The Basics of Art-The Renaissance

We live in a world that’s highly technical and specialized. When a man goes to college these days, he spends his time learning the skills that will allow him to seek gainful employment. Little time is spent studying art or literature. These subjects are often seen as “pointless” because they don’t have any practical application when it comes to paying the bills.

What We Can Learn from Babies: Experimentation, Failure & Creative Genius

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about babies – and how the child’s ability to explore, experiment, and make mistakes is an essential part of the creative process. When we are at the height of our creative productivity or “flow” state, our brainwaves reflect a deeply meditative, or “theta,” pattern.

Daily Links and a Call for Blog Requests

As you’ll read tomorrow (or Monday), I’ve entered a new phase in my life. After years of hard work and long hours building this blog (time that I’ve enjoyed), I’ve been shifting things around so that I have more free time.

Putting the Simple Back In

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. - Charles Mingus One of the biggest challenges I have in my life is balancing the simple and the complex. I tend to oscillate back and forth between the two. What usually happens is that I’ll have a period that’s simple for a while.

"Doing Is the Hard Part...When It Comes to Eating Right and Exercising, We Know What We Should Do."

Happiness interview: Adam Gilbert. I got to know Adam Gilbert and his site, My Body Tutor, because, like me, he's very interested in the question of how and why people are able to keep resolutions. We've all made resolutions, very sincerely and enthusiastically, but then not kept them. Why not? How can we do better?

How Do You Find Free Time?

Sometimes being a freelancer means finding ways to get the most out of your 168 hours each week.  This probably applies to everyone, but it seems that freelancers have to worry more about self promotion, client billing, finding clients, and having a life. To get more done each week, some will: Sacrifice sleep Give up on family life Let your work standards slip Employ a virtual/physical assistan