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How to deal with a boring job

Reader question:My job is driving me crazy!  I work in tech support, so I’m mostly getting paid to be there if there are any problems that come up.  This means many days I’m just sitting there dinking around on the internet for 2 or 3 hours at a time.  This might be a dream job for some people, but I feel like I’m losing my skills.

BILLY made into a silent and neat server case

Materials: BILLY bookcase, MOREBO glas doors, chipboard, metal bars, computer components and other stuff Description: My husband is an electronic engineer and consequently we have a lot of computers in our house. As long as they are quiet and don't show much, I don't mind. In our last apartment he managed to modify a Billy bookcase into a silent and neat server case!

Assay: The Good in Bad Emotions.

Assay: I'm surprised by how often people say to me something like, “Well, of course, you think people should be blissfully happy every minute of every day" or "You argue that people should aim never to experience negative emotions.” But I never argue that. I don’t believe that. For me, at least, the aim of a happiness project is not to eliminate all forms of unhappiness from life.

How to Get More Respect than You Ever Thought Possible

Have you ever heard the common saying, “You have to give respect to get it?” It’s true, but not necessarily in the way you might think.

Galant Dining table

Materials: GALANT meeting room table Description: There was GALANT meeting room table in the bin. Table surface was in terrible condition but table legs were OK. I glued 8 mm plywood on the surface and beech baseboard list to the table edge. White paint is excess from sailboat project ( Hemplel Brilliant Enamer ).

A Gorm guitar shelf

Materials: Gorm Description: This guitar shelf took me about 3 hours to make from the shelves I bought in IKEA. The main step is making the original shelf into the way that you can see in the picture above. And there's a important point on this guitar shelf that's how it was done completely. To buy a bottle shelf and place it on the bottom. Then you can just put 8 guitars or basses you want.

Reader Mailbag: The New Year

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. What does “savings” mean? 2. Getting out of a lemon 3. Dealing with multiple debts 4. Is a prenup needed? 5. Investing help 6. Best movie of 2010 7. Working on a goal 8.

J.K. Rowling on Failure And Imagination

On this first Monday of the New Year, I thought how powerful it would be to share J.K. Rowling’s marvelous 2008 Harvard commencement speech on failure and imagination, two things she illuminates in a way that brings fresh life to their power and impact as we look ahead. Highlights include:“…why do I talk about the benefits of failure?

January 2011 resolutions and a plan of action

In 2011, I am becoming the queen of self-micromanagement. I have tried lofty, big-picture, annual resolutions and obtained them with some success. I have tried practical, quarterly goals and seen greater success.

How to Take Control of Your Finances in 2011

The new year is upon us! I’ve talked to a lot of folks lately who have resolved to make this the year they get out of debt. Or start an emergency fund. Or earn more money. These resolutions don’t mean a whit, though, if you don’t have a plan. For the past five years, I’ve shared the following road map, adding one new tip every January.

9 Techniques to Delivering a Speech with Confidence

Recently, I attended TEDxSF, a communal, multidisciplinary event (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) whose goal is to bring thinkers together to share ideas they’re passionate about. While there, I had the pleasure of watching nearly a dozen different speakers talk to a packed auditorium.

How to Make Your Good Intentions Stick

Losing weight. Exercising regularly. Drinking less alcohol and caffeine. Developing better time management habits. Keeping up with chores. Whatever it is, I bet you’ve got plenty of good intentions right now. But however great your intentions, you might not succeed.

Becoming Superhuman in 2011

As we advance in the spiritual life and in the practice of systematic self-examination we are often surprised by the discovery of vast unknown tracts of the inner life of the soul.

"Nature, Which Makes Nothing Durable, Always Repeats Itself So That Nothing Which It Makes May Be Lost."

"Nature, which makes nothing durable, always repeats itself so that nothing which it makes may be lost." -- Oscar Wilde * A great way to start the new year is to help someone, and if you want to take a step in the next five minutes to help someone, sign up to be an organ donor.