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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

8 Strategies to Get Your Business in a Distraction Free Zone

Physical and mental distractions are stunting the growth of your freelance business. In line with getting focused on my writing career for 2012, I’ve vowed to cut out as many distractions as possible, at the computer and beyond. Here are eight strategies to get your business in a distraction-free zone! Switch Facebook for LinkedIn I know, I know. What? No Facebook?

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Freedom Edition

A few days ago, a technical problem with The Simple Dollar cropped up involving the front page not refreshing for some users of the site. A reader emailed me about it. A few months ago, I would have then spent several hours reading documentation and trying to figure out what was wrong. There would have been a decent chance that I would have broken the site in the process.

5 Unusual Ways to Raise Successful Children

This is a guest post from Natalie Peace of PeaceAndProfit.com. She is the author of 30 Keys to Building a Multi-Million Dollar Business: What They Didn’t Teach Me in Business School.

The 'Bertil' Bench

Materials: Bertil Chair and Ikea supplied fixings/hardware 1200mm x 400mm x 22 mm plywood sheet 1200mm x 45mm x 20mm pine 1200mm x 20 x 20 pine Scrap bits of pine PVA wood glue Wood screws Paint Tools: Jig Saw Cordless drill Tape measure Screwdriver 'F' Clamps Description: Matt halved a Bertil chair and converted it into a bench. Click to read the rest of the post >&gt

"How Can I Make Myself Exercise?"

The 2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we're also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

Break Bad Patterns by Taking Your Errors to Heart

Being right is nice, but we learn more when we're wrong. Conduct an "annual errors review" this year to identify negative patterns and break them.

A Resolution for Romance: The 52 Loves Notes Challenge

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Joshua Gordon. One of the marks of being a great man is the ability to love the same woman for over 50 years. That’s manly–hands down. It’s something that the airbrushed elite of our day can’t seem to figure out. It’s something that many in my generation have completely given up on.

Affordable, yet stylish TV bench

Materials: Besta Bench, Besta Vara door, Besta underframe Description: I wanted a large and low profile media storage unit in order to hide all the electronics from the living room. With two Besta bench units, I've been able to build up the TV bench I needed with enough space for all the electronics.

The Clutterfat Challenge: Transform Your Living Space in a Month

Post written by Leo Babauta. Look around your living space, and imagine that half of your clutter were gone. In one month, it will be. You’ll be living a beautiful, simple, clutter-free life. Along with my friend Courtney Carver, I’ve created the Clutterfat Challenge — we challenge you to get rid of half your clutter in 30 days.

Custom bar from IKEA kitchen cabinets

Materials: PERFEKT ABSTRAKT cabinets, plywood, glue, IKEA hardware Description: We have an a walk through space from our dining room to our family room that we use as a bar. Since we moved in early this year, we just threw a collection of random furniture pieces in the space.

Realize That You’re Not Alone on This Journey (2/365)

When I first reached my financial bottom, I felt desperately alone. I wrote about the pain of that financial bottom a while ago: In short, even though my mind kept searching for a way out, another saving grace, part of me began to realize that there was no way out this time. I began to feel completely sick to my stomach and disgusted with myself, so I walked back home.

Five Lies Personal Development Gurus Like to Tell

Personal development gurus tell some impressive lies in order to sell their products. That’s right. Lies. These convenient little falsehoods are effective motivators because they play on primal human needs and emotions. Shouldn’t people who promote personal growth for a living be uncommonly straightforward in their marketing?

2012 Challenge: Fighting The Horrible Pigeons of Discontent.

Introducing the 2012 Happiness Challenge! Join here, any time! Each week this year, I'll post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we're also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent. These aren't the major happiness challenges that we face, but rather, those little nagging problems that settle into roost.

What Freelancers Can Learn from Mark Cuban

I don’t really connect to Mark Cuban (the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks). But I do connect to his business rationale: the only thing you can control in your life is your own effort. As freelancers, we don’t have anyone but ourselves to be accountable for. If I don’t roll out of bed until 10 am, I have no one to blame but myself.

Billy turns spray-booth

Materials: Billy Bookcase, range hood, drawer guides, a hint of swearing Description: I decided to built me and the missus a hobby-room, where she can do her artsy stuff, and I can built my model kits. So off to Ikea to get stuff Click to read the rest of the post >>