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By Mark Shead

Empire Building and the Art of Small Steps

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from world traveller and remarkable writer Chris Guillebeau. For a long time, I focused on starting big projects. And for a long time, I had a hard time finishing any of them. Sometimes I got overwhelmed, other times I just looked at the faraway goal and thought: what comes next?

Empire Building Kit: Behind the Launch

Today, my friend Chris Guillebeau is doing a one-day launch of his new Empire Builder’s Kit.

Video: Use Cues to Cultivate Mindfulness. (If You're Not Very Mindful, You'll Need Reminding.)

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month’s resolution is Mindfulness. Mindfulness can bring many benefits. It brings clarity and vividness to present experience. It may help people end unhealthy habits and patterns.

Book up top, rail below

Materials: Ekby Valter brackets, Dignitet curtain rail system Description: Spanning about 5m, this is a practical book shelf at head height with an integrated rail for clipping photos, postcards or basically any signiciant tosh lying around your flat. I used 7 Ekby Valter brackets spaced at about 0.8m centres.

How great leaders inspire action

Check this fantastic TED video from 99% friend Simon Sinek.

Happiness Interview: Larry Smith

SMITH Magazine Editor's happiness advice: "write drunk, edit sober, drink coffee while reading the paper."

Are you an Asker or a Guesser?

Battling between the impulse to "just say no" and the "disease to please."

Assorted links for May 18, 2010

Things from the uncluttering, productivity, and simple living worlds that are worth sharing: Apartment Therapy shares Spring cleaning tips Bags Unlimited (great place to find storage solutions) is having a 10 percent off sale until Memorial Day, coupon code MEMORIAL2010 A nice and “Simple 2 Hole Punch Filing System” described on Lifehacker “Yearning to homestead?

Privacy, Honesty, Marriage, and Debt

Archie writes in: In our marriage, my wife and I have agreed not to open financial statements addressed to each other. We supposedly did this so that we would be able to hide things like gift purchases from each other.

Why Funnel Marketing Doesn’t Work

It is easy to see why “the marketing funnel” is such a popular concept. Marketing is a process we use to extract a small stream of prospects and clients from a vast sea of strangers.

The never-ending search for the perfect home

People who struggle with clutter often buy new products/gadgets/clothing/doodads with the hope that these objects will bring happiness/perfection/success/joy. Then, hours or even minutes later, disappointment sets in when the person realizes that the object isn’t as amazing as he had hoped.

Searching for the Cheapest Airfare: Is There a Silver Bullet?

J.D. is on vacation in Alaska. This guest post by G.E. Miller gives a real-life example of trying to find the cheapest airfare online. For more from G.E., check out 20somethingfinance.com, where he covers personal-finance matters for young professionals. At one time or another, we’ve all been a day late and a few air miles short when purchasing a plane ticket. So we turn to the internet.

Custom Command Center

Materials: Akrum base cabinets (two 30" with large drawers, two 18" with cabinets), two lengths of Langan countertop (96" and 49") Description: As a photographer, designer and artist, I was in need of a desk solution that would accommodate all my computer/camera equipment and peripherals, plus tons of storage for materials and supplies, and with extra room on top to spare so that it could actual

Time Flies: 5 Ways To Make Sure You Enjoy The Ride

Image courtesy of: Julia Kim Smith/Shamim Momin, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria ‘Tempus fugit – time flies. Life is short. I can’t believe another year’s gone by…’ People say all sorts of things about time, usually about how little of it they have. Many of us genuinely lead busy lives and do find it hard to fit everything in – work, family, hobbies, exercise.

Ikea Bekvam step stool chic

Materials: Bekvam stool, oilcloth, primer, paint, staple gun Description: Step one: Use sugarsoap to remove any grease/stains etc.