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By Chris Guillebeau

9 Tips for Effective Online Meetings

Did you know that a single two-second distraction can cost you 15 minutes of your day? When your concentration is interrupted, it takes up to 15 minutes to get your focus back. Our ambient sounds help reduce the amount of noise distractions in your workplace. Take advantage of the current SALE.Recently we wrote a popular article on how to have effective meetings.

7 Simple Ways to Clear Your Mind

Do you ever feel like your brain is tied in knots? Do your thoughts resemble a massive ball of string, wound messily and tightly together? Are you unsure of what to do next? This feeling is all too common in a world of sensory overload and multiple responsibilities. The ultrabusy person sometimes feels like thoughts don’t even get a chance to fully form.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Buy a $5,000 Car

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Stuff won’t make you happy, experiences will

A new study conducted at Cornell University and reported in the January 2010 issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that experiences bring greater happiness and satisfaction than buying and owning possessions.

XFit: The hidden home gym

If you don’t have a dedicated room for a home gym, you probably try to disguise your unattractive tread mill or weight bench as best as possible.

Reader Mailbag: iPad?

In the last week, I’ve received about ten emails from readers and marketers simply assuming that I’ve already purchased an iPad. While I can see how it might be useful for reading documents and things while I’m out and about, I certainly don’t feel like it’s worth hundreds and hundreds of dollars, at least for the types of uses I would have for it.

Happiness: There's No Place Like Home.

I'm home from vacation. We had a great time, but ah, it's nice to be home! The return from vacation reminded me of a significant factor in happiness: the hedonic treadmill, or hedonic adaptation. People are adaptable. We quickly adjust to a new life circumstance — for better or worse — and consider it normal.

Freelance Freedom #150

Doing Battle With Procrastination? Here's How to Win – For Good

Sometimes I get emails from Dumb Little Man's readers – and it's always lovely to receive these! One problem that people often mention is procrastination. They know that this bad habit is holding them back, but they're not sure how to beat it.All you procrastinators out there – even those of you who told me not to write about this because you'd no longer have an excuse! – listen up.

Kid's play storage

Well, you've built your kid a play kitchen. It's only a matter of time, you'll need to add a cabinet to it. Sergio builds one from 2 Rast bedside tables. Nicely done. Ikea should consider a grown-up version of it. The tables are stacked one on top of the other, with the bottom one turned upside down. Sergio did quite a bit of work securing both tables together and ensuring they align.

Spend Based on Who You Are, Not Who You Want to Be

Last Thursday, on April Fool’s day, I wrote about my obsession with gadgets and how much that’s cost me over the years. As always, your comments and stories were more entertaining (and instructive) than the post itself. In fact, a comment from chacha1 gave me a flash of insight. She wrote: The thing that’s a *headdesk* for me is the digital piano in my dining room.

Review: Your Money: The Missing Manual

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. J.D. from Get Rich Slowly finally has a book out.

How To Cut Car Ownership Costs

By Silicon Valley ... Many people I know are car fanatics who love the idea of owning a trendy new car.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unclutterer on tv with spring decluttering tipsErin appeared on WUSA 9’s morning show and talked about getting your home ready for spring. Unitasker Wednesday: Muffin MagicAre you tired of making muffins the old fashioned way?

The Mythology of Spending and Mental Anchors

I have a quick four question quiz for you to run through in your head.