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By Leo Babauta

North London Daydreams

"Now that I am a writer, I have the privilege of daydreaming as part of my job." The view from Andrea Levy's desk.

Want to be more powerful? Acting like it will make it so

Study shows that striking powerful poses makes people feel powerful.

Ask Unclutterer: Design ideas for odd space above kitchen cabinets

Reader Bonnie submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I’m facing a bit of a dilemma. I have about a foot, maybe a foot-and-a-half of space between my kitchen cabinet tops and the ceiling.

Making It All Work – The GTD Phenomenon

This is the second entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen.

5 Free Online Writing Courses for Freelancers

Whether you’re writing content for a website or you are just composing a proposal for a client, good writing is essential. Maybe you missed a few lessons in school or you want a refresher. Either way, these online writing classes can help you craft your words for maximum impact.

Workspace of the Week: A room where kids can get things done

This week’s Workspace of the Week is GkCake’s homework room: I am really impressed by GkCake’s School and Craft Room. The wonderful work surface for her children, the beautifully organized storage shelves, the amazing gift wrap station, and the parent home office in the corner make this room superbly useful.

Stop Resisting and Start Creating

[Today's post comes from my friend, Karl Staib, an Austin dad, blogger at Work Happy Now and co-creator of Fear to Fuel]“Whatever your dreams are, start taking them very seriously.” – Barbara Sher of WishcraftDo you ever have a great idea, but you choose not to act on it?The world seems to revolve around great ideas.

Faith + Freedom wall decor

Materials: (not sure of the name) - but those wood slats that are used to support the beds Description: The goal was to create wall hanging elements for fresh flowers. As I started cleaning out my garage I found a couple of groups of wood bed slats from an IKEA bed. After removing the staples and the cloth holding them together I was in business.

Welcome to Generation App

This is a guest post from Joseph D’Agnese who, with his wife Denise Kiernan, wrote The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, which sets forth a personal finance system for people with not-so-regular jobs. You can follow them on Twitter: @The_Money_Book. Hey you! Yeah, you hunched over the smart phone.

Skydiving from Space Part II: Nick Piantanida’s “Magnificent Failure”

“Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The story of Nick Piantanida is not the straightforward, unambiguously heroic tale of Joseph Kittinger. It ends in tragedy, not triumph.

A Deeper Look at the “Percentage Budget”

One topic I’m frequently asked about by readers is the idea of the “percentage budget,” something that seems to largely come from Elizabeth Warren’s book All Your Worth, which I reviewed previously. In the book, Warren proposes a very simple budget for people to follow, based on percentages of their take-home income.

FreelanceSwitch Flickr Contest: Submit Your Photos!

FreelanceSwitch has created our first FreelanceSwitch community flickr group, and we’re giving away prizes to celebrate! Instead of regular ol’ blog images, we want to feature photos from our community on blog posts.

High-end floating desk and built in. Low end price,

Materials: BESTA cabinets NUMERAR counter tops Description: It has always bothered me that if you wanted to do a built-in at a custom size you cant use the Besta products which have the best finishes. After some inspecting of the way the Besta units were put together I figured out that you could hack it so it would look finished and still be able to fit perfect into.

Five simple ways to easily organize your things

When organizing items in your home, it’s best to use systems that make the most sense to you and are simple to use. You should look at your cupboards, files, closets, or shelving and instantly know how objects can be returned, retrieved, or added to their storage space.

Reader Mailbag: Tomorrow

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Investment choices 2. Changing one’s mindset 3. Tea Party thoughts 4. Angry at myself 5. Thoughts on interest-only loans 6. Importance of debt-to-credit ratio 7. Free running music 8.