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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Everything Else Is Icing

I had the incredible experience of being the closing keynote at my friend, Chris Guillebeau‘s World Domination Summit in Portland a week ago. You can find Chris’ wrap up and links to others here.

Organizing advice from classical Greeks

More than 2,000 years ago, famous Greek philosopher Socrates and a man named Isomachus were having a discussion about how Isomachus wished his wife would run their home (the conversation is recorded by Xenophon in chapter eight of his writing Oeconomicus).

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 2, June

Advertise here with BSA Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Reader Mailbag: Longer Hair

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Painful consequences 2. Starting a blog 3. Saving for international college 4. Financial plan feedback 5. Separating personal and business money 6. Buying a vehicle 7. Cutting expenses and paying debt 8.

Black TV unit gets a Second hack

Materials: HUGE BLACK TV UNIT, MDF, WOOD, GLUE, SCREWS. SAW AND SCREWDRIVER Description: Sorry can't remember what the unit was called and it wasn't around for long. First we cut it in half and added Ikea work tops and made 2 console tables from it a couple of years back now. Then we moved just over a year ago and they got pushed together as a craft table Second hack...

Freelance Freedom #211: Inspiration Strikes

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Putting First Things First

The morning is my time. Five days a week, I’m up at 5:30. I come downstairs, sip a diet soda or a cup of tea (lapsang souchong), and spend a few minutes checking e-mail and approving comments. By 5:45, I’m in my gym clothes and out the door. I walk through the quiet streets of my neighborhood, greeting the birds and the cats and the dogs. I admire the flowers.

Why Efficiency is Overrated – and What to Do About It

An awful lot of time-management techniques show an obsession with efficiency. And being efficient – getting tasks done quickly – is certainly important. But efficiency for its own sake is worthless. Sure, you could spend three hours implementing a new system that lets you automatically tag every email as it comes in.

The 5 Switches of Manliness: Legacy

We started the last post in this series with a surprising fact–that only about 33% of our ancestors were male.

Fix Bad Habits: Insights from a 7-Year Obsession

Getting rid of bad habits isn't just about saying NO. To truly succeed, we must replace the bad behavior with a better behavior. Here's how.

Review: The Rules of Money

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest.

Previously on Ikeahackers: 12 - 18 June 2006

This is going way back ... to the first few gems that started me on this crazy, fun, inspiring journey of this site and IKEA hacking. I still love how this Benjamin stool looks, a first prize winner in the design*sponge/fred flare spring spruce up contest. Read more here. Then there is this bag that probably herald the crazy use of Frakta bags. Some chic, some not so.

Retractable Kitchen Island, Controlled with an iPhone

Materials: Akurum kitchen system Description: Web developer Tim Thaler hacked an Ikea kitchen island to sink into his sub-basement when it's not in use. Watch a video of it in action: See more of the retractable Ikea kitchen island. ~ Submitted by Sonia Zjawinski, United States

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Once again, write in books that aren’t yoursAvery now makes clear sticky notes. Let there be dancing in the streets! You are not your stuffI was recently captivated by the article “The mess he made: A life-long slob decides it’s time to get organized” by Michael Rosenwald in the June 7 issue of The Washington Post.

11 Things You Can Give When You Think You Have Nothing Left To Give

‘Givers are longer livers.’ Did you know that even if your bank account is at zero, that there is so much that you and I as humans can give? So many people delay happiness in their life because they are waiting for something magical to drop into their laps so that they are, in their minds, ready to give.But don’t hold back.