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By Tim Ferriss

Stop Your Search Engines

An interesting parallel between the internet, with its lure of unending information, and Ulysses' attempt to avoid the song of the Sirens.

Twyla Tharp: Dancer and Choreographer Strives for Innovation

"I don't think that scheduling is uncreative. I think that structure is required for creativity."

How to go No Impact

You may have heard that over 4,700 people went No Impact via the NoImpactProject.org's No Impact Week, hosted last week on the Huffington Post. Missed it? No worries. The NRDC's website Simple Steps is getting ready to host our week one more time, starting November 15, as period of non-consumptive mindfulness in the run up to the holidays.

How to Change Your Motor Oil

Ever since I’ve owned a car, I’ve always taken it to a quick lube to get the oil changed. Every 3,000 miles I would find myself sitting in a lounge munching on complimentary donuts while some other man changed my oil. But it never felt right. I would stare out the window into the garage and watch the mechanics work deftly on my car. I would think, “That looks easy.

More Infuential than David Allen?

We Follow ranks twitter users by their influence by topic.  According them, Productivit501 is more influential than David Allen when it comes to productivity.

Thirteen Minutes to a Lower Cable Bill

By Stacy Johnson Geico has become famous for their expression: "Save 15% in 15 minutes."  Turns out that expression applies to more than just car insurance.  Becasue you can easily save 15% in 15 minutes on something even more expensive: your pay-TV bill. The average cable bill is now close to $100 bucks a month..an increase of nearly 80% in the last 10 years.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements Are For Everyone

This is a guest post from Andy Jolls, founder of VideoCreditScore.com. Andy ran the myFICO.com business for a number of years and now educates consumers with free credit videos. You can follow him on Twitter at @vidcredit. My wife and I were married a few years ago. I was working at myFICO at the time we got engaged, so I was already swimming in the world of credit, debt, and personal finance.

Some Thoughts on Ultra-Preparedness

Three recent emails from readers have made me focus lately on how much preparation for disasters we should be doing. First, from “Adam”: Do you think it’s reasonable to take some of the money I use to invest each month and buy gold bullion coins to keep in my safe?

Doing Less

A lot of what people write about being productive is centered around doing more.  GTD is based on trying to make sure you are able to do more.  Most planning systems are based on trying to do more.  While I can see the need for this, it is sometimes important to step back and think about what you are really accomplishing. Doing more is only valuable if you are doing things that really need to

The Internal Dialogue: Mastering the Unseen Forces That Shape Our Destiny

Though a positive, successful, and engaging person, Pam avoided prolonged looks into her mirror. When she was brushing her hair or applying make-up, she stayed focused on the activity – but would intentionally not make eye contact with herself. Except sometimes.

Excerpt: How many bath linens do you need?

Below is the final excerpt from my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week we plan to run on the site — this time on how to determine how many towels and washcloths you need in your linen closet. This is from the Tuesday chapter, “Your Bathroom” section: “During its second season in 1967, the television show Star Trek aired an episode called ‘The Trouble with Tribbles.&#

Why Windfalls Make Many People Unhappy

FMF pointed me to this article from the Washington Post on the sad end of Bud Post, a lottery winner from Pennsylvania: William “Bud” Post III, 66, whose $16.2 million in lottery winnings brought him debt, despair and heartache, causing the kind of trouble often recounted in country-western songs, died of respiratory failure Jan.

Excerpt: Being a social butterfly

Below is another excerpt from my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week — this time on how to have a social life in this busy world. This is from the Friday chapter: “One of my biggest complaints about adulthood is that it’s difficult to simply hang out with friends. In high school, you could call up your friend and say, ‘Hey!

How to Deal with Recession Anxiety

By Silicon Valley ... The nation’s economic recovery is anemic, with unemployment rates continuing to climb, but this doesn’t mean that your household economy is in trouble.

Social Networking: Is It Making You Money?

I used to have an accountant who was fond of asking the following question: Is it making you money? That question had a way of stopping me in my tracks. It forced me to think about what I was doing with my time. And what I needed to be doing. I’m reminded of Helga the Accountant’s question whenever I read or hear the latest buzz about social networking.