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By Tim Ferriss

Rustic stool

Materials: Oddvar stool Description: I recently purchased an Orgel lamp, but was dissatisfied with it's height - it needed a boost. Looking around ikea, I discovered the ODDVAR stool, which was the perfect height (and price). I felt the unfinished pine was a bit dull, but I didn't want to stain/paint it either. I had heard of wood burning and decided to try it out.

The Personal-Finance Continuum

This is a guest post from Paul Williams, a fee-only financial planner and the founder of Provident Planning, Inc. He regularly writes about personal finance from a Christian perspective at Provident Planning. About a year ago, there was nearly an epic battle between Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to Be Rich and Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar.

How to Negotiate for a Used Car

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how to buy a used car. I went through all the steps except for negotiating because it’s a topic deserving of its very own post. A post which I’ll tackle today. Now to begin, here’s my honest confession: I suck at negotiating. And it becomes really apparent whenever I negotiate for big purchase items like cars.

How To Keep Your Promises

Image courtesy of Moira MacMahon Building trust based relationships, either professional or personal, is a really big thing. It can propel your career or your life if you can do it, and it can sink them if you can’t.

3 Secrets to Financial Success

Photo by Andrea D’aquino By Mr.

Getting Things Done: Corraling Your Stuff

This is the fifth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Last time, we discussed what exactly you need to have in place to get yourself organized (time, a bit of space, and a few supplies).

Having trouble pre-ordering your iPhone 4? Use the Apple Store app instead

I’ve been trying to order an iPhone 4 since 1am this morning. But AT&T’s crappy networks and Safari’s session expirations were preventing me from getting closer to My Precious. Thankfully, the new Apple Store app on the iPhone worked like a breeze. It took me two minutes to pre-order.

Rationell Variera: from scrap to tunnel

Materials: Rationell Variera silicone drawer liners, hot-glue gun, scissors. Description: Wrap a scrap of your drawer liner into a cylinder and make a tunnel for your train tracks! See more of Laura's Rationell train tunnel. ~ Laura Pazzaglia, Anzio, Italy

Hacking Malm Nightstands in a workstation

Materials: Malm Nightstands Description: Not my hack, I found it here. ~ Goofy

Review: The Unclutterer comment policy

With the rising temperatures in the northern hemisphere, we’ve had a similar influx of spammers, trolls, link dumpers, and general negative attitudes in our comment section recently. Thankfully, it isn’t a large percentage of our comment traffic that is behaving this way.

Video: Find an Exact Place for Things. It Saves a Lot of Time--and Is Surprisingly Satisfying.

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 -- last resolution was to Follow the one-minute rule. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness? This week’s resolution is to Find an exact place for things.

Saying “I Will Do It In The Future” Is an Excuse for Failure

My office is a mess. I don’t feel like cleaning it – I’d rather play with the kids right now. So I say, “I will clean it in the future,” and I go play. A week later, my office is still a mess. You’re not saving for retirement.

Never Hire An MBA

If you are responsible for hiring people, someone with a master’s of business administration might look like an attractive hire.

5 Ways to Fire A Client

There are just some clients who you no longer want to work with. It could be that the client in question is difficult to work with or it could be more a matter that you’ve moved on from the type of work you’ve been doing for that client. Whether you’ve only done a little work for the client or you’ve been together a long time, it’s never easy to fire a client.

Assorted links for June 15, 2010

A number of really cool things have moved across my desk this past week, but none of them are necessarily large enough for a post all their own.