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By Brett Kelly

Organize your writing, J.K. Rowling style

The website /Film reported on Friday about author J.K. Rowling’s method for organizing her books. Using pen, notebook paper, and a simple grid, she plotted out the direction of her stories.

Making It All Work – The Process

This is the third entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Making It All Work opens with what I would call three “introductory” chapters that precede what I would call the main section of the book.

How to Get Noticed – and Get Hired!

If you want to get hired, you have to position yourself. When you clearly communicate what makes you different, you make it easier to get noticed by your prospects. Strong and relevant differentiation greatly increases the number of inquiries you get.

Sleek and streamlined diaper bags

Diaper bags — like purses and wallets — can be magnets for clutter. I speak from personal experience when I say that things go into them and rarely, if ever, come out. The smaller the bag, usually the easier it is to keep it clutter free and stuffed only with essentials. I’m quite fond of the Pronto!

Lack bench/lounger

Materials: Lack coffee tables Description: This is a bench made from the ubiquitous "Lack" coffee table. We had several kicking around and I found the rest for $4-6 a piece on Craigslist. Each one is cut in two, filled with expanding insulation foam and covered with latex paint (for waterproofing).

How to Maximize Your Salary

This guest post comes from Kimberly Palmer, author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, which hits bookstores today. She’s also the Alpha Consumer blogger at USNews.com. Every time I’ve ever gotten close to a job offer, my Dad sits me down for a little practice negotiation session.

iPhone App Entrepreneur: Now Available!

It’s been a big day at Envato, first with the launch of Webdesigntuts+ and now we’re pleased to announce the first ever AppStorm book is available to buy for just $19.

How To Break Bad Habits

Do you talk over people during conversations? Do you bite your nails when you are nervous? Do you drink like a fish or pop pills like a pharmacist? Have you ever told a lie to get a point across? Have you ever ignored the people you were with for a better conversation with someone on your cell phone? Has your recent predicament made you so worried that you can’t focus on anything? Good, you

The Craftsman’s Humility: The Inkleaf Leather Company’s Notebook Cover Giveaway

Editor’s note: There are few things more manly than the independent craftsman. The Art of Manliness would like to support the independent craftsmen out there by featuring from time to time a man who’s trying to make a living working with his hands. Today we spotlight Jazeps Tenis, who started Inkleaf Leather Co., maker of leather covers for Moleskine and Rhodia notebooks.

Billiards Basics: Play Pool Like Minnesota Fats

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from James Bringman. “I got a hunch it’s me from here on in. One ball, corner pocket. I mean, that ever happen to you? You know, all of a sudden you feel like you can’t miss? ‘Cause I dreamed about this game, fat man. I dreamed about this game every night on the road. Five ball. You know, this is my table, man.

Get Involved: Blog Action Day is Friday, the 15th of October

Blog Action Day, founded by our own Collis and Cyan Ta’eed and now under the fantastic care of Change.org, is coming. On Friday the 15th of October, countless blogs will take the time to post about one important topic. This year’s topic is water. As always, all Envato blogs–including FreelanceSwitch and WorkAwesome–will be participating.

The New 99%: Notes on Our Redesign

We’re thrilled to introduce the new 99% website. Read on for details on our redesign and some great new features...

The Meaning

For the past several days, my cousin and her two sons stayed at our house. It was something I’d been looking forward to for a long time, as she’d never been able to visit us until now. I was very close to this cousin of mine (let’s call her Laurie) when I was a child, but as we both grew into adulthood, we drifted apart for various reasons.

Spring Back Banker's Chair

Materials: 4 laminate bent Ikea legs and two seats from antique banker's chairs Description: My friend Veronica gave me two Ikea chairs she had in her apartment in Hollywood. They were laminate bent leg living room chairs that had no arms. The cushions smelled like cat pee so I threw them out. I kept the frames five-ever because the bent wood seemed too good to throw away.

Malm King Headboard

Materials: 2 Malm Queen headboards, 2 Malm night stands Description: I wanted a Malm King headboard and night stand, but didn't like the low profile Malm bed. The Malm panel headboard doesn't come in king size... This was my solution. Attached 2 Malm Queen headboards together. Mounted them on the wall and ran rope lighting around the back.