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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

6 Ways to Stay Productive When You’re Feeling Low

It can be hard to stay focused and productive at the best of times. But when you’re feeling low – whether that’s physically or emotionally – then it can seem almost impossible to concentrate. Maybe you have a daunting number of things to get done … but you can’t seem to summon up the energy to tackle any of them.

Don't Overthink It: 5 Tips for Daily Decision-Making

Indecisiveness is a productivity killer. We look at the science of decision-making, and how you can make better choices.

9 Free Programs That'll Help You Build a Side Business

The traditional view of a small business is changing.There was a time when building a business involved joint ventures and angel investors. It involved asking the bank for a big business loan to cover overhead costs until you turn a profit.

Spare Change: Travel Itch Edition

Over the past couple of years, I’ve begun to travel. Kris and I have been traveling in groups, but that’s expensive and leaves me feeling isolated from the cultures we visit. I have the itch to travel more, and to spend more time off the beaten path.

What Is The Meaning Of Life?

Photo by Simon Pais By Tina Su Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the meaning of life and the impermanent nature of it all.

How the Shifting Economy Changes (and Doesn’t Change) Personal Finance Advice

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, it was quite easy to find savings accounts that offered interest rates as high as 5%. Even more amazing, banks offered certificates of deposit (CDs) that had rates that approached (or sometimes crossed) 6%.

I love my shoe boxes

Materials: KNATA - Box with lid for paper, PET plastic, double-sided tape Description: I simply cut a hole on the box, on the wider side. Using double sided tape I covered the hole with a sheet of PET plastic. After that I assembled the box. So through the window, it's easy to see what is inside.

Living as close as possible to your ideal self

My ideal self and my real self aren’t exactly the same person. My ideal self is like this: I’m driving a Jeep somewhere on the west coast, heading up a trail so I can go running or hiking or do a little rock climbing. My husband and son are with me, and all we see are blue skies.

Tru-isms from Dad: The Char-Broil Quantum Infrared Grill Giveaway

Maybe your dad is like mine. He’s never been much for sitting me down for a formal meeting in order to dispense fatherly advice. Instead, he dishes it out in bits and pieces whenever the moment is right. I’ve racked up a catalog of these little tru-isms my dad has shared with me over the years.

Fillsta fan upgrade

Materials: Fillsta pendant lamp Description: First, we completely removed the original light kit from the ceiling fan. Then we assembled the Fillsta pendant. We assembled according to directions, only using the pendant itself, the light cord and the plastic mounting bracket. After that, all we had to do was hardwire Fillsta and fan together.

15 Shopping Rules of Thumb

I recently read a wonderful post over at The Technium containing twelve simple shopping rules of thumb for various products, mostly technology related. Some of them are great. A few of them are outdated. I find I use some of them myself; here are the ones I really find value in: Pay for RAM, not speed.

7 Top-Notch Blogs for the Savvy Freelance Blog Writer

Advertise here with BSA In addition to FreelanceSwtich, there are a handful of blogs that stand out a cut above the rest, and are well worth reading for freelance blog writers.

Bed with huge chocolate bar

Materials: Ikea Fjellse twin size bed, Ikea bed risers, Hershey's muffin pans, space blanket, brown vinyl Description: I love chocolate! That's the inspiration behind my latest Ikea hack: Bed with a gigantic chocolate bar headboard and a drippy chocolate bedskirt. With a bed like this, I'll be dreaming of chocolate without the calories! How did I make this chocolatey bed, you ask?

Traffic Violations and Your Auto Insurance

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. California newspaper The Daily Breeze recently published an article about a man who was issued a $35 ticket for failing to come to a complete stop, which became a $234 ticket after added penalties. (State legislators have been adding new penalties, such as a “state conviction fee,” since 2009, thanks to a $10 billion budget deficit.

Are You Red-flagging the Wrong Prospects?

Advertise here with BSACredit: Luke Hoagland on Flickr Are you always on the lookout for bad clients? Knowing what to recognize ahead of time can save you tons of grief, wasted time, money, and frustration. But it can also make you jaded and keep you from exploring otherwise valuable client relationships.