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By Gretchen Rubin

Billy bird

Handem tips me on this hack found on the Blog on the Bookshelf. Thanks Handem! Dan Black and Martin Blum of design consultancy Black + Blum, do their thing on the ubiquitous Billy bookshelf. They say, "Our main priority was to give this piece a bit of character.

Want People to Listen? Get a Life.

Picture this… You’re a 32 year old burgeoning genius who’s living in your mom’s attic and working at the quickie mart.

Modern Networking Tactics for the College Student

It’s not what you know it’s who you know. These common words of wisdom hold especially true in today’s world where even the best and the brightest graduates have difficulty landing a job.

Failing Forward: Transforming Mistakes into Success

Sometimes the best personal finance books aren’t about personal finance. In June 2006, for example, I shared a brief review of Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. Ostensibly this book is about creativity and overcoming procrastination, but I found its lessons valuable for pursuing my financial goals. Last year I read Mastery by George Leonard.

What to do with the ugly side of things

Andy shares a very useful fix should you screw up putting together your Billy Bookshelf and end up with a shelf with the unfinished side out. See more of Andy's quick fix for Billy bookshelves.

Questions and Answers

Here is a collection of some random questions that have come in, either by email or search terms that brought people to this site. The run the gamut from banks to bullets and cover a lot of area in between.

Nine Tips for Having a Good Bad Day.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Nine tips for having a good bad day. A few days ago, I was extremely upset. It’s too complicated to explain the whole situation, but an encounter left me feeling anxious, agitated, under attack, and sad. I did what I could to resolve the situation, but I still felt terrible. When I have a day like this, I try to make it a Good Bad Day.

Is it Ambitious to Pursue Passion and Prosperity Together?

There are plenty of self-help gurus out there telling people to follow their heart — and plenty of business gurus telling them how to get rich. Aren’t you being a little ambitious telling them to do both at once? This question was recently posed to me in pretty giant interview I did for LateralAction.com. Here’s how I began the answer: First, I’m not about self-help.

How Much Is Your 401(k) Costing You?

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I don’t want to dump on your boss. She/he/it gives you a job (assuming you still have one). Besides a paycheck, you also get some benefits.

Ikea PS locker into litter box

Hiding the cat litter is really no big feat. All you need is a metal cutter and a steady hand to cut a hole, big enough for kitty to crawl in and out. Ben says, "My girlfriend recently moved into my loft with her cat and her great dane. I needed a solution that would both hide the litter box from view and keep the dog out of the cat’s food and litter.

7 Great VoIP Alternatives To Skype

Skype is one of the most widely used VoIP service providers for computer based communication in the world. The success of VoIP has taken the world by storm and most likely given many telephone providers a run for their money due to their great pricing structures.To me, Skype has long been a useful business tool which I use to stay in touch with clients worldwide.

The Big Question: Are You Better Than Yesterday?

Big goals? Learn to think small. (Photo: H. Koppdelaney) The following is a guest post from Chad Fowler, CTO of InfoEther, Inc. He spends much of his time solving hard problems for customers in the Ruby computer language. He is also co-organizer of RubyConf and RailsConf, where I first met him in person.

Killing Email: How and Why I Ditched My Inbox

Post written by Leo Babauta.

"Sing, Talk on the Phone, Cook Something New."

My fellow Huffington Post contributor, Karen Leland, is an expert on increasing efficiency and happiness at work, so she spends a lot of time thinking about how people can manage their time to get the most satisfaction and productivity out of their workweek. She has a new book out, Time Management In an Instant.

Your Desk its own Desk

With all of our modern gadgetry, it is easy for our desks to get covered with wires, routers, cell phone charger cables, etc.  Here is a simple solution to help cut down on the amount of visual clutter you have to face when working. Get a Desk for Your Desk After all, shouldn’t your desk have a work area for itself?  There is no reason it needs to share with you all the time.