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By Brett Kelly

How to Fan a Spark into a Fire

Photo Credit: Vecchia Betty/Flickr There’s a climactic moment in the movie Castaway where Tom Hanks, who has been shipwrecked on a desert island, finally creates the one thing that can provide him with a means for survival: FIRE. The pure ecstasy that fills him as he dances around the beach, screaming like a kid who just won the big game, is palpable.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Three laws of basement storageIf you use your basement for storing things other than root vegetables, let me introduce you to my Three Laws of Basement Storage. Off-beat solutions for organizing your mailIf you don’t immediately process your mail when you come home each evening, then I strongly recommend having a set place to store your mail until you do have time to process it. Behavi

Fire (or keep) the Workaholics

A while back Jason Calacanis has list of things to save money in a startup. One of his points was to fire people who aren’t workaholics. David from 37 Signals responded with a post saying that you should fire the people who are workaholics.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Watermelon Cooler

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I know about your obsession with watermelon.

The Dream Job Project Part II

Be a part of "The Dream Job Project" that Design Observer is putting together. Lend your opinions on life and work.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Rainy Days Edition

It’s raining outside. My children want to go to the park. That means it’s time to come up with an indoor solution. That means, of course, that it’s time for an elaborate blanket-and-chairs fort in the living room. Live Within My Means? How? It’s not too hard to live within your means if you just follow one rule: spend less than you earn.

How to Reach Targets and Get Marketing Results

One of the obvious must-do things as a freelancer is to market yourself. The concepts of self-promotion and marketing are in just about everything we read when looking to improve our businesses. We are constantly being told to promote ourselves, develop business, toot our own horn, boost client relations…the list goes on.

Excerpt: Six tips for organizing your time spent on the telephone

This is an excerpt from my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week, pages 129-131. For even more phone tips, check out “Nine tips for efficiently processing voicemail.” I go out of my way not to use the phone, especially at work, and I have found this to be a very effective way to stay on task.

Benno dvd tower headboard and room divider

Materials: Two Benno DVD, mother-in-law tongue plants Description: Just wanted to submit a hack I did recently.

Investing in Stocks: It’s Not as Bad as You Think

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Stocks stink. That’s something you hear a lot these days, and with good reason.

7 Reasons Why You Are Time Poor

It is a common complaint, “I don’t have enough time.” In fact, I'd bet that you said these exact words in the last 48 hours.“I don’t have enough time to......finish my work,...get in shape,...start a hobby,...spend with my family.”While we all have the same amount of time in the day, why is it that some people seem to accomplish a ton more than you?

Polaroid Print - Keep Calm Gallery

"Don't undertake a project unless it's manifestly important & nearly impossible." -E. Land. Here's the poster.

Atelier Martino&Jaña: Tapping into the Collective Brain

Do you identify with any of these statements? 1) I have a long list of things to do. 2) I have too little time to do them. 3) I am desperately in need of a holiday.

Cooking Around the Campfire: 9 Easy and Delicious Foil Packet Recipes

In the quest to streamline your camping trips, foil packet meals can be one of your greatest allies. It’s cooking at its simple best; you take some ingredients, wrap them up in a foil parcel, and place the pouch in a campfire’s coals to cook. You can prepare these foil packets before you head out into Mother Nature, and they require no pots and pans, no plates, and no clean up.

Letter From The Editor: Design Changes!

Hello Everyone, I am very excited to announce that as of next week PickTheBrain will be getting a design polish. Thank you so much for all of your emails and suggestions in regards to the sight – we have taken them all into consideration and have come up with what we think is a great new look. BUT…we still need your last bit of input.