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By Tim Ferriss

Prospect to Client Tracking Spreadsheet

If you don’t have a client tracking system in place to measure how long it takes to convert a prospect – your potential customer – into a client – a paying customer – you probably will have a hard time predicting what your monthly income will be. I am not an Excel guru, but I have created a quick spreadsheet that you can use to track how long the process takes.  If you

Cabinet for Walter Gropius

Materials: Besta, Varna, Stolmen components Description: This is the first in a series of sculpture/furniture pieces that are based on the architecture of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus. Specifically, I am making IKEA models of all eight mid-century Modern Gropius buildings that are currently being demolished by the City of Chicago.

P.S. How To Get Your "Happiness Project" Fix While I'm on Vacation.

Warning: Blatant self-promotion!

Take a Vacation. Not a Change of Scenery, a Vacation.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. I'm leaving for vacation with my family today.

Take a Vacation. Not a Change of Scenery, a Vacation.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. I'm leaving for vacation with my family today.

25 Useful Videos and Presentations for Designers

Smashing Magazine curates presentations from the best design-related conferences around the globe.

Team-Based Savings Software Helps Users Avoid Impulse Purchases

A social networking app that reinforces smart financial decisions.

Washington, We Have a Problem

How does the president manage his time? A day in the life of Obama.

Ask Unclutterer: Stopping mail for the deceased

Reader Nancy submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My husband and I both serve as executors for the estates of family members. When we arranged to have [the deceaseds'] mail forwarded, we got on marketing lists and are getting tons of mail — even for a family member who died in 2001! How can we stop it?

Garden Tips: Saving Seeds and Starting a Seed Exchange

Several readers have written to me requesting information on saving seeds from their garden, which is an awesome frugal practice. Fall is just starting to tiptoe into the picture here in Iowa, and for us that means that the gardening season is starting to wind up.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Job – And Leave It

I’ve noticed a rash of design professionals leaving their jobs lately to pursue creative freedom. Designer Frank Chimero, Helen Walters of BusinessWeek, Andrio Abero of Wieden+Kenndey, and Alex Bogusky of MDC Partners have all written high-profile accounts or made announcements about going on hiatus or quitting.

The Ben Franklin School of Persuasion

This Friday’s guest contributor is Joel D Canfield. Joel writes about his family’s experiment with a location-independent life at http://CanfieldOfDreams.com.

Workspace of the Week: Small, simple, sufficient

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Maureen.Ayer’s shades of gray office: This is Maureen’s office in her apartment. The desk sits in a small nook between the living room and the hallway to the bathroom and bedroom.

Permanent to non-permanent lighting fixture conversion

Materials: Cord set e26 and KRYP Fish light fixture Description: Basically taking a light fixture that was meant to be an installed structure and converted it into a movable wall plugged in solution with a switch. See more of the wall mounted fixture. ~ superfro

Four Crucial Steps to Avoid Procrastination

At some point in our lives, most us have had some issues with procrastination. Perhaps it was while we were students, always leaving essays till the last minute. Maybe we struggle in the workplace, putting off reports and other big projects until they're suddenly urgent.