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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

6 Things I Do to Stay Creative

Photo by Frederic della Faille This post was written by Glen Allsop of PluginID. Whether it was starting my first business or writing reports for clients, there have been a number of times when I need to get my creative juices flowing.

Tip: Fight Against Your Short-Term Rewards

From a very young age, we are developed with powerful short-term reward systems. We are incentivized to eat on day one with the reward of satisfying our hunger. Such immediate gratification teaches us to always eat when we are hungry. As we began our education, we were rewarded to learn with grades.

The Green Box

Just after posting Monday’s story about a mailing envelope that transforms into a clothes hanger, we came across this video of another elegant and environmentally responsible packaging solution that serves a useful secondary function:

Playground Equipment: An Example of Sharing Resources with Neighbors

After reading my recent article about cooperating with your neighbors to share resources, my always-sharp wife Sarah made a great point. “You know, we have a perfect example of this at work out in our yard right now.” And she’s right. Here’s a picture of it.

Be organized with a Butler Bag

A couple weeks ago, I met a group of power professional organizers for drinks. These people are no-nonsense business owners who employ staffs and kick clutter’s arse. Additionally, they make me laugh, which makes checking in with them a few times a year a lot of fun.

Good vibrations Lack table

I laughed out loud when I received this hack from Tim, an artist. He says, "It's an art work I made a few years ago that would surely come within the scope of an Ikea Hack. It is titled: 'Good Vibrations'. Materials: one Lack side-table top, four 'ultra-smooth lite-up multi-speed stimulators', one book 'Great Railway Journeys of the World'.

What's the silver lining in this recession? Share your answer to win $10

By Greg Go All we hear these days are doom and gloom news about layoffs, bankruptcies and stock market dips.  But it can't be all bad out there.  So we're asking you: Where's the silver lining of this recession? There's no right or wrong answer.

Belts and Suspenders: Backing Up Your Data

Last year, I was in the middle of a project with a graphic designer. She came to a meeting with the client and I completely distraught - she looked as if someone had died. She cried as she explained that her computer had died over the weekend, taking with it her work on this project and six years worth of other projects.

Impress Your Clients, Boss and Colleagues: How To Improve Your Business Writing

Before I switched into freelance writing, I worked for a small IT company and had the lofty job title of “Head of Documentation”. This meant I was the person who got landed with writing the software user guides, helping out on company reports, and proof-reading promotional leaflets. I can definitely say that writing for DLM is more exciting!

Status Update

The long-threatened site maintenance should actually occur this evening, which means things may look bizarre around here. (If they do, refresh your browser.) It may also mean that existing posts and comments disappear for a bit. (If they do, please be patient.) My elves and I are working to get things right. And if you have comments on any of the new features, please wait to share.

Some Thoughts on Haggling

A very kind reader recently sent me a link to a fascinating article at Salon.com entitled How I Learned to Haggle. The article outlines a woman’s experience with haggling, culminating with the author actually requesting a discount at a dollar store:

How to Live Well on Less in Retirement

Though I’m not close to retirement myself, one GRS reader recently sent me a link to an article from the monthly newsletter from AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons). In the April 2009 issue of AARP Bulletin, Elizabeth Pope wrote about how to live well on less money.

Quiz: Do you make other people happy?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Quiz -- Do you make other people happy? As put forth by the Second Splendid Truth: One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people is to be happy yourself.

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