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By Gretchen Rubin

My Third Splendid Truth Appears in a Comic Strip!

Some thoughtful readers let me know that my Third Splendid Truth -- "The days are long, but the years are short" -- appeared in the Zits comic strip a few weeks ago. So fun! While we're on that topic, here's my one-minute video, The Years Are Short. Of everything I've written, I think that perhaps this little video resonates with people the most.

How to Become Wildly Successful at Anything

"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are." -- Tobias Wolff, WriterThe interesting thing about success is that anyone can do it. If you simply do what successful people do, you are inevitably going to be successful. Right? Well, ok, maybe it's not simply a case of follow the leader.

The GRS Garden Project: April 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for April 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) After a long vacation in February and a wet, dreary March, Kris and I finally were able to do a little work on our vegetable garden in April. Sort of.

The Upside of Failure

The Dividends of Understanding and Embracing Your Failures No one likes to talk about the dreaded “F” word. No…not that one.

What Worries You the Most? How Can You Fix It?

For the better part of the last decade, the biggest worry I had in my life was personal finance and the foundation (or lack thereof) that I was building for my future. My approach to this worry was, for the most part, to ignore it.

Dinner With My Family #16: Penne with Cannelini and Tomatoes

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys.

From Malm to Marvellous

Materials: Malm Dresser, paint, sand paper, hardware Description: Here is my dresser that was published on Design*Sponge. See more of the marvellous Malm. ~ Josue, San Francisco

Cupboard + brackets = table

Materials: Lottorp bracket, Ikea bargain section cupboard door Description: This has to be the cheapest quickest table you can make from Ikea stock. First of all I found a cupboard door, there were lots to choose from in the bargain corner of my local Ikea and the one I got only cost £1.63. Next I took four Lottorp wall brackets £0.83 each and assembled them.

Be a Peaceful CFO of your home

Experts talk about the pros and cons of cash gifts, earned money, dole outs, and allowances. Parents wonder, which is right for their families. We may be missing the bigger picture. How our children get spending money is irrelevant. It’s what they learn about money that matters. When we say we want our children to know about money, what do we mean?

Get Started: From Overweight to Healthy

Post written by Leo Babauta. Make one change today. If you’re overweight and unmotivated to change your life drastically, just make a tiny change. You’re not alone. There are more overweight people today than ever before, as a percentage of our population and in sheer numbers.

Ask Unclutterer: Is Google Docs safe for backing up confidential information?

Reader OB submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I am in the process of scanning all of our tax returns older than seven years and am considering storing them on Google Documents. Do you consider that safe, since they contain a lot of confidential information? Thanks for your opinion. To answer your question, I contacted Timothy B.

What Is the “Bottom”?

Andrea writes in with a heartbreaking story. In your post about helping others, you made several suggestions for helping someone that appears to be in trouble. The item that most struck home for me was: “Wait for their “bottom,” then gently offer help. Although a low point can often be incredibly painful, it can also be an incredibly valuable learning experience for people.

Forget Your Elevator Speech and Say Hello

Today’s guest contributor, Anne Wayman, is a writing coach, ghostwriter and blogs at AboutFreelanceWriting.com and WhenGrandmotherSpeaks.com. She’s also a regular commenter and a super-cool member of our community here.++++You know the thinking behind the much touted elevator speech.

How to Effectively Measure the Amount Of Work You Actually Do

I remember reading somewhere that only a fraction of the work we do every day is productive work. Rest is not actual work; we just fool ourselves to believe that it is.I think that if each of one us were to take a minute and carefully think about the work accomplished during the last 24 hour period, it won't be too difficult to not agree with what I said in the first paragraph above.

Workspace of the Week: Picture perfect

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Paul’s minimalist home office: Photographer and designer Paul transformed an upstairs open area of his home into an unclutterer’s dream office. The streamlined office is organized, well lit, and clutter free. The cable management on the desk is also beautifully done. Be sure to check out the additional images in the series: 1, 2, 3, and 4.