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By Mark Shead

Billy revisited

I like doors on my cabinets to keep the dust away, so I totally dig what Massimo did to his low single Billy. "My goal was to realize a little cabinet nearby the entrance of my living room. I just bought a Billy frame and two little doors made for the height extension unit. The problem is the frame holes don't match with the doors mechanism.

How Much is Information Overload Costing Your Company?

Interesting metrics to back up the idea that reactionary workflow is detrimental to productivity (and creativity).

Freelance Radio, Episode 38: Family Life

The latest episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) talks about family life. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

The Art of Manliness Podcast #3: Primal Living with Mark Sisson

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode we sit down and talk to Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple. Mark has recently published a book entitled The Primal Blueprint. In his book and on his blog, Mark argues that the conventional wisdom about health and fitness is wrong.

Announcing Zen Family Habits

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I’m happy to share with you the birth of Zen Habits’ sister site: Zen Family Habits. It’s a joint project with Sherri Kruger of the excellent blog Serene Journey (read: she’s doing most of the work), and it aims to fill a gap that I’ve been neglecting here at Zen Habits (I tend to neglect a lot of gaps you know).

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 23: Money and Happiness

On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I joined Jim from Bargaineering to discuss the relationship between money and happiness. Will more money make you happier? Are we happy when we get the things we want? Does happiness have a genetic set-point?

An Entrepreneur's Guide To Setting Service Rates

Setting your rates as an entrepreneur is often one of the hardest aspects of a business. The main reason for this is that we don't learn these things in school.

15 Ways to Be a Leader Today – or Any Day

Three years ago, one of my mentors was debating internally about how to handle a personnel situation. There were enough funds to employ one person. The performance of one worker was better overall, but the other worker often showed flashes of brilliance and was trusted more by his coworker. In the end, the decision was made to keep the one with flashes of brilliance.

Have You Ever Experienced Split-Second-Aging?

Yesterday, I got my feeling of split-second-aging. While I was riding on the subway, for no particular reason, I felt some odometer click over, and I became older. I felt it happen.

The Right Space for the Job

My work area has a comfortable chair, a nice desk, a computer, a large monitor, a phone, etc.  It is easy for me to get stuck at my desk and not want to go to other parts of the house because everything I need is right there.

10 Ways To Conquer Fear of Public Speaking

The most common phobia people have is the “Fear of public speaking”. Some people dread public speaking even more than death. Most of us live with this fear throughout our lives. Being an underrated skill we fail to get proper guidance to overcome our stage fright.

Uncluttered mealtime

Reader Beth sent us the following wonderful suggestion for organizing meals at home for little money and little stress. Thanks to Beth for such wonderful advice: I understand the challenge of cooking — I live alone and love to cook. So, I wanted to share some of my ideas on “uncluttering” mealtime: [1] Make a list of staples that you always have in your pantry.

The Neutral Fallacy: There is No Sideways in Life

I’ve been asked the question a lot since Career Renegade came out in January… How do you handle fear? “Well, comes my answer, “that depends. Fear of what?” “Of failure, of course.” “Wrong fear,” I add.

Creativity x Organization = Impact Session

Registration is now open for our 10.15 Session, in which Behance will offer up a series of tips on how to use organization and prioritization to push your creative projects forward.

Reader Mailbag #83

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.