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By Brett Kelly

Big-Screen Bonde

Materials: Bonde TV Bench with hutch and 3 bookshelves with 2 doors, saw, drill, palm sander, stain, polyurethane, fabric from Jo-Ann, double-stick crafing tape, window film from Home Depot Description: I recently upgraded from an old small television to a new huge one, and I needed a new entertainment center to put it in.

Continual Self-Development

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.

Why It's Helpful To Send Back a Positive Reflection of a Person's Actions.

In his thought-provoking book, Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself (Essays in Social Psychology), David Dunning describes a very interesting study that compared two classrooms of fifth graders. One class received several messages about the importance of not littering.

Mind over clutter

Today we welcome professional organizer Pooja Gugnani, founder and owner of Organizing with You in Chicago, and her advice on changing your mindset about clutter. Imagine yourself in a state of organized bliss, where all parts of your life merge seamlessly together because you know where everything is and where it belongs.

Jamie Oliver

"Change comes when the pain of NOT changing is worse than change itself." Jamie Oliver on the 99%.

LucyPhone Waits On Hold for Customer Service for You

Have some respect for your time: instead of waiting on hold, opt for customer service to call you back.

Strategy Vs. Tactics

"You can learn all about tactics as you go along, but you must have a clear strategy from the start."

Reader Mailbag: Stephen Strasburg

I’m in a pretty competitive fantasy baseball league this year. During our draft, I made the most controversial pick, drafting Stephen Strasburg (who has yet to make his major league debut) with my fifth pick in the draft. He has been utterly unhittable in the minors. Every day, I get up and look at the sports news, wondering if the Nationals have called Strasburg up yet.

Freelance Freedom #156

Is Your Job Driving You Nuts? Then Fix It!

Ever heard the joke which runs "So you hate your job? There's a support group for that. They're called "Everyone" and they meet at the bar."Okay, it's a bit corny, but it does point at a cultural truth: we're often taught it's normal to hate our jobs.

Be Courageous, But If You Fail You’re Dead to Me

So, I’m having this conversation with a friend recently… She’s a fairly high-level person at a medium-sized corporation. And she’s relaying how her boss has adopted a rally cry to “be courageous.” Oddly, I’ve heard a near-identical story from a handful of others in different companies over the last 6 months.

Focus and self control at the heart of uncluttering and productivity

On Asha Dornfest’s recommendation (Asha is the brain behind Parent Hacks), I picked up the book Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky. The book’s subtitle is “The seven essential life skills every child needs” and the purpose of the book is to teach parents how to teach these seven life skills to their children.

Hopen and Malm: Lights, Camera, Action

Materials: Hopen Wardrobe Doors (2), Malm Bedframe (1), Indoor/Outdoor Potlights (2) Description: My old bed frame was broken so I replaced it with a MALM frame which nicely matched the dresser and bedside table I already had from the HOPEN line. However, I found the finished look to be too simplistic which is where the hack comes in.

Busting the Myths: Why Coupons Are a Valuable Part of Your Financial Arsenal

J.D. is on vacation in Alaska. This is a guest post from Tara Kuczykowski, who is introducing the basics of couponing to a new generation of coupon clippers through her money-saving blog, Deal-Seeking Mom. Tara is teaching readers across the U.S. how to stretch their budgets in order to make room for occasional splurges.

11 Tips To Reignite Your Resolutions!

It’s about half way through 2010 now and research say that roughly 50% of our New Years Resolutions have been kept so far with just 12% lasting the whole year. That’s only 1 in every 8 of us getting what we want this year and more of us are going to give up by December. How can you save yourself from becoming just another statistic?