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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Messy Organization

Not all organization effort is equal. Just because you organize something, doesn’t mean it is going to make you any more productive. If you pay attention to the cost benefit of organization, you can keep from wasting time and focus on efforts that are actually beneficial. Lets talk about silverware as an example.

Your Freelance Office: 6 Places to Beat the Heat

It’s officially fall, but for much of my country, it’s still hot! If your freelance business is based in a home office you may be trying to work in unseasonable heat or humidity. Without air conditioning, slaving away over a hot laptop can be rough.

Exercise and focus

When you’re in a rush, behind schedule, or distracted, you’re more likely to make errors than when you are relaxed and attentive in the present. I’ve made mistakes when my mind has been running out of control — I’ve found my keys in the refrigerator, I’ve driven the wrong way down a one-way street, and typos have made their way onto the Unclutterer homepage.

How to Use a Commitment Contract to Change Your Habits

This is a guest post from Pop at Pop Economics, a great new blog about investing, personal finance, economics, and more. It’s now 9pm on August 30th. I’ll finish this guest post by 11:59pm on August 31. I know this, because if I don’t, I’ll lose $1,000. Call it an incentive.

VikaLight

Materials: Vika Oleby Table leg, Hemma Cord set, Orgel paper shade, drywall anchors Description: This is a $25 alternative to boring/ugly/expensive lighting. I installed one on each side of my living room.

What Does Success Mean to You?

All of us want to succeed in life. We want to accomplish something – to feel that in some way, we’ve “won”. It’s easy to get sucked in to thinking that we have to succeed on the world’s terms when, really, we each need to define success for ourselves.What does success look like to you? Is it the model set down by your parents or grandparents: a steady job, your own house, kids?

50 Great Web Alternatives to Desktop Software on Web.AppStorm

One of the great advantages of freelancing is the ability to work from anywhere. On Web.AppStorm, Justin Stravarius looks at fifty web apps that can replace desktop applications you depend on. It’s worth a look. Even without the help of the ground breaking features in HTML5, web apps have come of age. While not all web apps rival their desktop counterparts, some clearly do.

Build Your Future: Invest in Yourself

Photo credit: Arkady Golod My friend (and writer of brilliant blog, Exile Lifestyle), Colin Wright, once said to me (paraphrasing), “You can never go wrong with investing in yourself – that way, everything that you learn and have can go with you.

Underestimating a Hike

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad S. Ritchie. It happens to almost everyone eventually. You’re in a new area, a friend of a friend tells you about a great hike, and you jump in. You’re told it’s an easy climb from 8000 ft to 9500 ft. No big deal-back home you’d climb 1500 ft to get a Twinkie.

Come save the world with me on 10/10/10

For New Yorkers: I wanted to let you know that my No Impact Project colleagues, our friends, and I will be painting a non-profit's roof white on 10/10/10 and we'd love you to join (details here: http://bit.ly/dlmH6N).We'll be painting from 9 to 3. The point is that painting roofs white helps curb climate change by reflecting sunlight.

How to Stop Feeling Depressed

By Tina Su For the past 12 months or so, I have been battling with feeling depressed.

The New Book Unveiled: The 4-Hour Body

Data crunching back to age 18. Three years of organizing self-experiments around the world. Thousands of blood tests and hundreds of case studies. My new book is finally here: The 4-Hour Body. I could not be happier with the end product.

HealthMonth, Your Month

Recently, a good friend of mine convinced me to sign up for HealthMonth, a website that aims to turn the self-motivation needed to improve one’s health into a fun game (you can see my HealthMonth profile and goals).

So You Want My Job: Video Game Producer

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. If you haven’t played a video game since PacMan, you’ll be blown away by how elaborate games are these days.

$5.38 (+tax) ceiling porch light

Materials: Ordning Cutlery Stand, plastic ceiling light, Dremel Description: Not sure if this exact project has already been done, but this was somewhat based off of the "let there be light" hack from an Italian contributor. I purchased a cheap plastic ceiling light from Lowes ($1.39). It is one that holds a single bulb and has the plastic collar that secures a difuser/shade/whatever.