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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Brand Preferences and Frugality

I’m going to start out by saying something that might get some feathers in a ruffle: everyone in the first world has brand preferences. Simply by seeing a particular label on something, we draw some basic conclusions about the product itself. It might be driven by our own experiences, it might be driven by data, or it might be driven by pure marketing. I certainly do this.

I’ve Waited Three Years to Write This Post. Plus a Freebie!

I started this blog in March 2006. I didn’t intend to become a blogger, at all; I considered myself (and still consider myself) a traditional writer of books. Starting a blog was the way I chose to test the proposition that novelty and challenge make people happier – I might have learned PhotoShop or trained for a marathon, instead.

Tips for Continuing Education

You can’t rely on your college education to suffice for the rest of your career. If you want to stay at the peak of your earning potential, you will need to continue your education throughout your career. This can be done in a formal or informal setting. Informal education is very important. It may never show up on your resume, but it helps you stay up-to-date.

Is Prioritization Failing You?

If you’ve ever struggled with time management (and who hasn’t?), I’d bet you’ve given the advice to prioritize. You make a list of all the things that need to be done – and even doing that is scary. Then you try to rank them in order of which ones matter the most. It’s often really difficult to figure out priorities: is Report X more important than Call Y?

Go See The Rules of Productivity Presentation

The Chief Happiness Officer follows up "The Cult of Overwork" with a look at an extremely interesting "Rules of Productivity" presentation.

Learn the Five Secrets of Innovation

A study finds that traits of associating, questioning, observing, experimenting and discovering are key to innovation.

Important Tasks

Productivity 501 runs down a few ways to jump-start morning motivation.

Reducing visual clutter in Mail.app

The fabulous Patrick Rhone from Minimal Mac instructs Mac users how to make their e-mail program less cluttered in his guest post today. Thank you, Patrick, for sharing your talents with us! Take a look at the peacefully minimal Window above. That is Mail.app, the built in e-mail application on Mac OS X. You may not recognize it in that form.

The Kong is in

I can't forget my Donkey Kong days so this hack is especially heart warming. Casey pays homage to the game with some ingenious tilted Lack shelves. "Here's a little project I came up with using some Lack shelves to add some flair to my game room. Using some tape, paint, and a lazy afternoon I put together a Donkey Kong homage to keep my old systems on.

20 Key Questions on Motivation and Habits, Answered

“Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.” - Spanish Proverb Post written by Leo Babauta.

Book Review: Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey

By Xin Lu It has been reported over and over that money is the number one cause of conflict and stress in relationships. This is precisely the reason authors Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar wrote Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey.

Reader Mailbag #92

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments.

Chicago book signing and meet and greet

After lots of amazing planning work on the part of my stellar publicist and sales team at Simon and Schuster, my book tour is becoming a reality. The final details on the later stops (LA, NY, KC, DC) are still being ironed out, but I can go ahead and announce the first event since it is confirmed and ready to go: Chicago –> December 28, 2009. 4-7 p.m. The Book Cellar. 4736-38 N.

Freelance Freedom #134

Financial Balance Lets You Enjoy Tomorrow AND Today

This article is the 11th of a 13-part 14-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. It originally appeared at Soul Shelter in a slightly different form. For more than a decade, I was buried in debt. My relationship with money was poor. I earned a decent salary, but I couldn’t seem to get ahead.