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By Leo Babauta

Workspace of the Week: Where the work happens

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Jenny Newcomer’s LobotoME office: If you are unfamiliar with Jenny’s line of LobotoME organizing products, let me recommend you check them out right now. I’m a huge fan of the notepads and specifically the fun Fit Me exercise tracking pads.

2 Tricks That Help Overcome Procrastination

Your best friend, procrastination."What!" you say, "My best friend, how could you say that?" The reason procrastination is your best friend is because it's on the teetering edge of motivation.Let me explain.For a behavior to be classified as procrastination, it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying.

Ten Spectacular Tips for Getting Started in the Kitchen

I love cooking at home. I used to hate cooking at home, though. I was awful at it. I burnt things. I messed up scrambled eggs beyond all recognition. But over time, I got better at it. I started figuring out lots of little things that made the entire process smoother and made my results much better without necessarily improving my skills.

Seasonal Myths About Freelancing

Every year, around this time, I get an email or two from someone wanting to know how to make a few bucks freelancing in time for the holiday season. I generally try to point these folks towards other options, although it does get me thinking about why someone would turn to freelancing for seasonal work.

The Curse of a Big-Win Mentality

This article is by GRS staff writer Adam Baker. Despite his best attempts, Baker struggles to budget while adapting to life in New Zealand. Earlier this week J.D.

The Geek’s Guide to Being Interesting

I’m not the most comfortable person in social situations… Dunno why. Maybe it’s that I was raised in a household with a hippy, potter (not pothead) mom and a mad professor dad.

How Obama could permanently strengthen our well being

Thanks to @denadu8pbb for tweeting this old post of mine. When I reread it I thought it bears reposting. One thing about a single-payer health care system. People say that it will cause an unhealthy relationship between people and the government.

A Man’s Guide to Dry Cleaning

Image from Millie Motts Why should a man care about dry cleaning? When your expensive clothing is damaged or lost, what can you do?

Which Websites and Blogs Boost Your Happiness?

On the Inspiration Board of the Happiness Project Toolbox, people have posted a staggeringly interesting array of happiness-related quotations, images, book suggestions, and website recommendations. It seems like a good idea to create a place here where people can shine a spotlight on happiness-boosting blogs and websites. Voila, here's a chart. To suggest one, list your favorite here!

A Reflection of Your Closest Friends

It’s often said that people are reflections of their five closest friends in many ways: behaviors, income levels, values, and so on. Five years ago, almost all of my closest friends spent money like it was water.

Learning to Stay Current

Imagine that your memory was only good for two years. Anything that you learned over two years ago was forgotten. The only education you had at your disposal was the things you had learned in the past 24 months. This should be a pretty terrifying prospect for anyone. However, some people would find themselves unable to function at all, while others would find themselves merely handicapped.

Vink CD rack

I like how Jim hacks a rack for his Vink CD holders. It's a great space saver and adds some style to the $2.99 cheapo CD holder. "This is a simple rack to hold a bunch of Vink CD holders.

How to Become Great

If you have plans on becoming great, you’ll want to read this brief article. They say success leaves clues; this implies, “if we look at people who are great, we’d find a common denominator, a golden thread tying them all together.” Here’s what I think we’d find: We’d find people who discovered their talent and then showcased that talent to the world in a &

Let go of the past from your wardrobe

Yesterday, I finally got up the nerve to say farewell to what was left of my corporate wardrobe. No longer taking up space in my closet are suits, long-sleeve collared shirts, or “business casual” sportswear.

LINK: 11 Rules for Moguls in Training | Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields, Career Renegade Extraordinaire, posted a little gem the other day. He literally saves you from reading thousands of books.