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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Vigilante road unclutterers

Every Sunday morning there is a man in his 60s or 70s with a long white beard and even longer hair cleaning the underpass of the highway near my house. He has a large broom, a tiny dustpan, numerous garbage bags, and what I’ve decided is a battery-powered vacuum in a shopping cart from Trader Joe’s.

What to Do When a Client Doesn’t Pay in a Timely Manner

Some clients are happy to pay you for your work as soon as they get the finished product. Others make a tortoise look speedy when it comes time to cut you a check. The slow-pokes tend to fall into two different categories: clients who are going to do everything they can to avoid paying you and those that just haven’t managed to pay you yet.

How I Cut my Comcast Cable Bill by 33% (Without Losing Any Service)

Last week, I wrote that you can negotiate anything. This guest post by G.E. Miller gives a real-life example of using negotiation to save money.

How to Cut Down Your Commitments

Do you feel constantly busy – and in demand? Are you the one person at work who everyone seems to ask when they need a favor? Do you have a host of family obligations – driving your kids all over town, helping your mom spring clean her house, cooking dinner for your household?

Man Knowledge: Early 20th Century Battles Every Man Should Know

It’s probably happened to you before.  In the midst of an in depth conversation on a manly topic (such as the great outdoors, history, literature, etc), someone looks to you for information that for whatever reason they assume you have.  After all, you’re sporting that sweet new Art of Manliness T-shirt and spent half the evening talking nineteen to the dozen about how great the new AoM boo

Book Launch 101: Media Hijinks, Amazon Timing, and VIP Treatment for You

The last 72 hours – that’s me on the right. (Source: AgentGenius) I opened an appropriate fortune cookie last week: “A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.” It’s important to always have a Plan B. Take, for instance, a book launch.

How I Wrap Gifts, Christmas and Otherwise

Melanie writes in: Between the wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, tags, and other things, I’ve often spent $20-25 on just wrapping the gifts at Christmastime. This seems silly. How do you wrap presents?

Does Everyone Need a Theme Song? Come On, Get Happy.

Because I literally cannot resist this call to happiness, here is the “Come On, Get Happy” theme song from The Partridge Family television show. I sat grinning away as I listened to it. If you need it, here’s the link. And speaking of getting happier, join the 2010 Happiness Challenge! Start your own happiness project and make 2010 a happier year.

5 Ways To Improve Reading Comprehension

Image courtesy of Isadore Weiner/Illinois State Museum Written by Vincent Kovar We’ve all had that sensation of reading a selection of text then, only moments later, not remember anything we’ve just read. Sometimes we can read something over and over but never really feel like we “get it.” Reading comprehension is crucial for every profession and lifestyle.

TIP: Receipts Folder

If you spend any time buying stuff from the web, you are familiar with all the pages that say, “print this out for your records”.  So, how many people actually print out those pages?  I know I don’t (unless I’m buying something very expensive).  Usually I’ll try to keep the email receipt, but sometimes that gets blocked by spam filters. Here is how I’ve star

Suggesting disposal

Professional organizer Scott Roewer sent me a Christmas card this year with an uncluttered message printed on the inside of the card.

How to Make the Most of Your 401K

By Silicon Valley ... Most of us have a 401k account with our employer. But there are people who've decided not to participate in their employer's retirement program for a variety of reasons. Some employees feel that they simply don't have the funds to sock away, and make this an excuse to skip out on the free money that comes along with company matched 401k or 403b contributions.

Eight Tactics for Dealing with Professional Burnout

Carlos writes in: I’ve been working at the same job for the last six years. I used to love it but lately I’ve started dreading going to work. I can’t really put my finger on a reason why, either. I’m considering quitting but I am very afraid to take that leap with the economy the way it is. Got any suggestions? Once upon a time, I was in a similar situation.

What’s Your Trajectory?

Movement isn’t enough… Action isn’t enough… Without direction. It’s not enough to take action every day. It’s not enough to see movement every day. Unless those actions and that movement is TOWARD something. Too many of us wake up and fill our days will a thousands tiny actions.

Big roomy cat litter

Karla finds a litter box solution for her two big cats. She says, "Originally, the litter box was in our spare bedroom, but a visit from my out of town parents prompted me to build/hack a litter box enclosure that could be placed in another part of the house. We have two large kitties (Stardust and Thor), so we needed something with lots of space.