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Productivity 501

By Mark Shead

Productivity501 Design Update

I’ve updated the design of Productivity501, please check it out and let me know what you think.  In particular, let me know if you see anything that looks wrong or needs fixed. The design is similar to the original so you may not notice too many changes.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Musings on apologies and uncluttered speechWhen I read Bezos’ apology, I was impressed by how direct, sincere, and uncluttered it was. Color-coded storage solves bathroom confusionThe Rubbermaid company offers some terrific advice on their website for sharing a bathroom in their Back-to-School section. Print photographs have been scanned: Now what?I look at the boxes of photographs tha

Power of Routines

Routines are a simple method to guarantee that you do the same thing at the same time in the same way every day.  Routines allow you to decide ahead of time what you are going to do, make the decision once, and then spend all of your effort executing rather than pondering what you should do next.

11 Ways To Get Rid Of The Hiccups!

Hiccups might be a cute or funny bodily reaction, but when you’re experiencing them, they’re nothing but annoying. These not-so-pleasant spasms that make you say, “hic,” are the involuntary contractions of the diaphragm and sudden closure of your vocal cords. According to MayoClinic.com, hiccups can occur after drinking alcohol, eating a large meal or getting suddenly excited.

To Dream, Perchance to Sleep

Turns out that if you sleep few hours during the week, "catching up" just provides a false sense of recovery.

Write Your First Email Line Like a Tweet to Grab Interest

Tweeting has taught us much about importance of attention-grabbing. Why not write your first email line like a tweet?

Unitasker Wednesday: Potato Chip Finger

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! There are folks out there who don’t like picking up potato chips with their hands. Chips are greasy! Your hands could be dirty! And if you have a cut, the salt can sting!

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Memorizing Poetry Edition

All through my life, I’ve spent time memorizing various poems. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. anyone lived in a pretty how town by e. e. cummings. Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman (probably my favorite). I like the way the sounds roll off the tongue and paint pictures. I like reciting them (or pieces of them) to my children.

Ornate custom dry erase board

Materials: Ung Drill Frame, Snow & Graham Paper Description: 1. Spray paint frame with several (plus several more!) coats of white gloss paint 2. Cut paper and spray glue to cardboard backing 3. Draw Samoyed with white gel pen on vellum paper 4. Cut out 5. Glue to front of paper background 6. clean glass and put everything together 7.

Child Care Options for Freelancers

One of the benefits that many freelancers with families cite is the ability to stay home with the kids: you can save a fortune on daycare if you have kids just by working from home and not sending the kids elsewhere. But there are situations in which having the kids at home all day may not work out.

Nest 8 saves space in the kitchen

Joseph Joseph’s Nest 8 collection of nesting kitchen items is a fantastic way to save space in your cupboards: The Nest 8 collection includes four measuring cups (sizes 1-, 1/2-, 1/3-, and 1/4-cup), a sieve, a colander, a small mixing bowl, and a large mixing bowl. They also make a nice, lay-flat colander: We’ve written about the Joseph Joseph cheese grater before, and it seems tha

Surprising Secrets of the Cheapskates Next Door

This is a guest post from Jeff Yeager, author of the newly-published The Cheapskate Next Door. Yeager calls himself the Ultimate Cheapskate — and his wife agrees. Yeager is also a contributor at Wise Bread and on the Early Retirement forums. “Sure, we could afford to spend more, but why would we?

The Senate decides to do nothing about climate change... and what you can do

I am so frustrated to have to say that the Senate leadership has decided not to bring a bill to the floor to do something about climate change this session. Here is what my friend Gillian Caldwell from 1Sky has to say on the subject, and I agree with her down the line: I am furious and frustrated.

Behind the Scenes of FreelanceSwitch with Collis!

Here at Envato we’re pretty famous for building a lot of successful blogs, like this one! We’ve done quite a few now, so last year I decided other people might find our techniques and systems useful.

From CEOs to Opera Singers – How to Harness the “Superstar Effect”

Sumo stable in Tokyo, Japan: you don’t need to be a superstar to use the Superstar Effect. The following is a guest post by Cal Newport, MIT Ph.D and all-around whiz on competing against the odds.