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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Web Writing: Who Sets the Standards?

Whether you’re a designer, a developer, a writer, or any other type of creative professional, chances are that you’ll be writing on the Web at some point. So, how should creatives stay consistent when writing online? That depends on who you ask. Most people and publications rely on the Associated Press Stylebook, but Yahoo is set to release its own version of writing guidelines, The Y

200 pillows for outdoor wedding

Materials: GOSA SLAN pillow, cover fabric, ribbon for tag, sewing thread, embroidery thread, doll needles, sewing machines, lots of friends to help Description: My friend Anita needed to make 200 pillows for her son's outdoor wedding. She found these inexpensive pillows at Ikea. By cutting them in half and sewing new covers, she only had to buy 100 pillows.

Ask the Readers: Am I Being Foolish for Saving So Much?

Some of my favorite questions come from readers who are worried that they’re saving too much. This is a great problem to have. For example, Henry wrote recently with this dilemma: I’ve been reading Get Rich Slowly since I was 15. At that time, it inspired me to save 20% of everything I earn for retirement. I’m almost 20 now, and I currently max my Roth IRA each year.

Timely Expenses are Wise Expenses

One of my favorite posts on this blog is the one that is titled “It’s Ok to Spend Money on Stuff You Love”, simply because it vindicates my position in the standoff that I currently have going on with my spouse. I feel that it’s ok to spend on the things that we both enjoy while he insists that they’re frivolous expenses and that we need to save our money for the future.

Burn, baby, burn: Decorating MACKIS

Materials: MACKIS minichest Description: For using the whole amount of storing space im my BILLY, I bought a MACKIS minichest. After a littly while, I thought it was too boring, even to live behind closed doors and so I used my soldering iron to apply patterns on it. Step-by-step: I sized the chests and planned the patterns on my PC.

Coupon Organization: A Survey of How People Do It

My wife and I use coupons for many of our household products, from toothpaste and garbage bags to toilet paper and Tones spices (yes, I had a coupon for this once upon a time).

Norrebo tiled

Materials: NORREBO Description: Maybe it's not a real "hack": I only put a little piece of wood on the inside of the NORREBO door and screwed two right-angle screws (how ever they are called) through. So I can display some of my old tiles there. See more here. ~ Susanne, Germany

If I Get Fired…

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.

Unique Ways To Access Your Natural Creativity

Are you ever at work and the task that you're handling just flows and gets done without much effort? It's almost as if your brain and creativity just explode and you slice through the task with ease. That feeling, the flow, is an awesome feeling but how often do you have it? Wouldn't it be great if you could somehow bottle that feeling and release it when you need it most?

"Listening to Dance Music, Mowing the Lawn, Getting Out of Debt, and Spending Time with Friends."

Happiness interview: J.D. Roth. J.D. Roth is another member of LifeRemix network -- "Great writing about great lives" -- because he runs the popular blog, Get Rich Slowly, "personal finance that makes cents." He has a new book out, Your Money: The Missing Manual that also helps people get control of their personal finances.

The Scent of Design

A gallery of the astounding work-in-progress on the relationship between scent and design.

The Art of the Email Auto-Responder Message (I'm Away From the Office Until...)

You're on a beach. Your "auto-response" is set up, but you're still not relaxed. Correct this nagging feeling.

Reader Mailbag: Getting Things Done

Over the years, I’ve received literally hundreds of requests for a detailed review and discussion of the well-known productivity and time management book Getting Things Done by David Allen, which was a truly life-changing book for me.

What to do when you fall off the organized wagon (and you will)

No one is perfect, and eventually your organizing system will fall apart. How you respond when this happens, however, will determine how much anxiety, stress, and clutter paralysis you will feel. Keep Things in Perspective: Failure only happens if you never recover. If your system falls to pieces but you eventually get things back in order, you simply learned a lesson.

When to quit your job

When you’ve stopped learning on the job, it’s time to quit. After looking at all the jobs I’ve had, I realized one thing: when I stopped learning, I became much more keenly aware of other job factors like salary, office space, and vacation time.