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By Brett McKay

Take the Time to Play

I have a theory.  Since I will probably never have the resources to try to prove it, the next best thing is to share it with readers and see what type of feedback I get.  My theory is this:  There is a direct relationship between your maximum creative output and the amount and quality of time you spend doing non-work activities.

How to Find Beauty in Life

Photo: Simón Pais-Thomas By Jonathan Mead Life is mostly made up of routines and patterns. Every day we act them out and they are what make up the bulk of our lives. Many of us live according to a socially acceptable template, within the realm of safety, while living repetitively and dreaming of ways to escape.

Surprisingly bad multi-taskers

At Unclutterer, we love touting the benefits of multi-use items. However, there are times when maybe product designers go too far with their melding of purposes. Gizmodo recently identified “10 Gadgets With Too Many Stupid Features,” and we wanted to share a little of their humor with you. My favorite misguided objects:

Freelance Freedom #102

Reader Mailbag #60

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags.

How to Create Your Own Target-Date Mutual Fund

This is a guest post from Frank Curmudgeon, who writes about bad money advice at his aptly-named blog, Bad Money Advice. You may have heard of target-date funds. In 2006 they were okayed as default investment options for 401k accounts, so if you said nothing about where you wanted your 401k money to go, you might even have found yourself the proud owner of one.

Critical Mass

There’s a turning point where the glorious beast starts to feed on it’s own momentum… It’s called the hitting critical mass. Answers.com defines that point as: The smallest mass of a fissionable material that will sustain a nuclear chain reaction at a constant level.

Time to toss expired makeup?

Marie Claire magazine has some helpful bathroom uncluttering tips in their article “Has Your Makeup Expired?“:

Wall shelf from a coffee table with a bonus end table!

Scotty and Holly had just bought a flat screen television and wanted it to go on the wall. But then, where do you put all the other stuff?They say, "I went to Ikea to look for wall shelves for the components (stereo, dvd, etc) - avoid using a piece of furniture just for the components. None of the wall shelves Ikea sold were deep enough.

Are You Effective Or Just Efficient?

A lot of popular time management or "life hacking" advice is aimed at making you ever more efficient. Perhaps you’re constantly reading lists of Firefox plugins, concerned that you might be missing out on some essential time-saving tool.

Keeping cool with no air conditioner

People always ask what we still do from our no impact year, and one thing is that we got rid of both our air conditioners. There are seven or eight nights in the summer where it's really hot in New York City, but we keep a tub of cold water ready to hop into and that gets us back to sleep.Today, though, was the first of New York's 85 degree days in 2009 (in April!).

The Masters of Disaster: Promotion is Not Enough

In order to build a successful freelance business, you must do three things, and do them well. If you don’t, no amount of promotion will save your business from oblivion. Here are the Three Elements of Business Success: 1. Doing Business.

W.R. Case & Sons “What’s In Your Pocket?” Pocket Knife Giveaway

You can tell a lot about a man by the stuff he carries in his pockets. As a boy, I was always intrigued by the things my grandpa and dad carried in their pants  every day. I loved rummaging around in the basket on top of the refrigerator where my dad kept the contents of his pockets. Everything in there just seemed so cool and manly.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, the Privatization of the English Language)

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Today I received an email from the lawyers of author Susan Jeffers, PhD., notifying me that I’d infringed on her trademark by inadvertently using the phrase “feel the fear and do it anyway” in my post last week, A Guide to Beating the Fears That Hold You Back.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 6: Vacation and Travel

Summer’s approaching, and that means family vacations. What are your best tips for travel and lodging? That’s the topic this week on the sixth episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) every Monday.