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By Jay White

How To Blast Away A Blue Mood

Have you ever woken up in one of those moods? Feeling as flat as a pancake that’s been left in the pan for too long? Recently, I’ve had a few mornings like that. Feeling - bleurgh. To put it nicely.

How is disorganization and clutter affecting your job performance?

If you showed up late to a meeting or missed a deadline, it would be obvious to you that disorganization and clutter were affecting your job performance. There are less obvious ways, however, that being disorganized can impact the quality and efficiency of your work.

Reader Mailbag: Boycotts, Baseball, and New Beginnings

This is Reader Mailbag #100. With this mailbag, I’ve decided to start naming the mailbags based on an interesting question or two answered within the mailbags, making it easier to find such mailbags (in theory). I refuse to buy gas from BP [due to various political reasons].

Show, Don’t Tell

There’s a fundamental rule in storytelling… If you want to make a point, don’t just tell it, show it! Sometimes that’s done with demonstrations, action scenes or dialogue. Other times, it’s done in pictures.

Freelance Freedom #141

Is the Economy Improving? Views from Everyday Folks

On Friday night, we had some good frugal fun. Kris and I got together with a group of my old high school friends to go bowling and eat pizza. It was just like the good ol’ days — but with a bunch of grade-school children added to the mix. Over pepperoni pizza and root beer, the conversation turned to the economy. I asked my brother Jeff how the family box factory is doing.

Lab bench from kitchen cabinets

Ikea has been trying to beef up use of their products in offices for some time now. So, am glad to see it happening. Chris and his team hacked a freestanding lab bench that looks custom built. "I have been doing stuff like this for years at home and work and am glad that it is being showcased.

Fret not, use an Ikea pencil

FloMac, Caroline and Maria tip me on this hack seen on There, I Fixed It. FloMac says, "I've just seen this hack, it's like a Lapicientos hack!"

7 Reasons Why You Need to Be a Big Dreamer

Image courtesy of Jamal Vrno Being a big dreamer doesn’t mean that you walk around with your head in the clouds. It means that you’re seeking a purpose for your life and it means that you’re becoming fulfilled in the process. People that get into the habit of dreaming big will accomplish those goals because they have the right mindset.

Motivational Posters: Black History Month Edition

Share Here in the States, February is Black History Month. So we decided to commemorate the month with a special edition of our motivational posters series, featuring some of history’s most influential African-Americans and their powerful words of wisdom. An excellent way to start off your week!

Freelance Radio, Episode 42: Dickie’s Freelance Dilemma

The latest episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) talks about Dickie’s freelance dilemma. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section. We hope you enjoy it!

Review: Snap Judgment

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a book of interest. Over the last few years, I’ve come to believe that the biggest key to personal finance success is controlling your own psychology and impulses. Our entire lives are filled with quick decisions we must constantly make – and, for the most part, we’re good at it. We commute to work without getting in an accident.

"We Are What We Repeatedly Do..."

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” --Aristotle * If you're starting a happiness project, you might like to use the Happiness Project Toolbox -- a companion site that offers eight free tools to track resolutions, keep an inspiration board, keep a one-sentence journal, record your Secrets of Adulthood, etc. It's a lot of fun.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 E-mail Resolution: Enabling multiple device communication and spam filtering improvements2009 is the year that I get e-mail under control, and I start by fixing two major problems. Unitasker Wednesday: Japanese face slimmerI’m not exactly sure how the face slimming actually works (crushes your bones?

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Almost Anything

Parents often bribe, plead and even threaten their kids to get them to eat their veggies. And while this feeding strategy may get kids to reluctantly ingest their greens, studies show it makes healthful foods less attractive to children over the long haul.