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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

7 Tricks To Sleep Like A Dog

Ever wonder why it seems your dog is in a good mood all the waking hours of the day?  Perhaps adopting a dog’s sleep habits might help you emulate the feeling. A bad night’s sleep is the worst when it comes to getting things accomplished and feeling good during what should be a great day.  The effects due to lack of sleep on mood, productivity, creativity, and even the quality of our relati

10 Wilderness Survival Lessons From Hatchet

ShareThe other day I was sorting through some old books and stumbled upon a childhood favorite, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The last time I read it was nearly 15 years ago, so I decided to read it again for old times sake.

Convenience Foods: What They Really Cost

Every time I visit the grocery store, I’m amazed to see how much of the fresh produce aisle is taken up with prepackaged fresh foods. You know what I’m talking about – bags of prewashed lettuce, pre-cut apples, pre-cut celery, pre-cut pineapple, and so on. I understand why such items are for sale – they’re convenient.

It’s Hard to Learn From Your Own Mistakes

Failure gives you a chance to learn. When you make a mistake you can learn from that mistake and not make it again. Right? Well, yes, in theory. The problem with this approach is that failure triggers strong emotions and makes it very difficult to focus on the cause of the failure. For example, let’s say that you were fired from a job.

So You Want My Job: EMT

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream.Today we hear from Nate Dionne, an EMT who works for the busiest EMS system in South Carolina. He gives us a look at the job of our vital first responders.1.

How to Tame Your To-Do List

Do you use a to-do list? Most of us have some kind of running list of tasks which we want to get done (even if we keep this list in our heads). And I expect that at some point, like me, you'll have had the experience of creating an extremely ambitious to-do list ... only to end up completing just a fraction of the tasks on it.A to-do list in itself isn't any kind of magic.

The big picture

As this is being posted to the website, someone very close to me is undergoing brain surgery.

Reader Mailbag: Time

The more of life I experience, the more I realize that the most valuable thing a person has in their life is time. The cost of a book is trivial compared to the value of the time spent reading it.

7 Sneaky Ways to Write Irresistible Headlines

In the advertising world, it’s commonly agreed that the headline is responsible for about 90% of an ad’s effectiveness. Same thing in the book world. The title does nearly all the heavy lifting. And, it’s no different in newspapers and social media, especially places like twitter where all you’ve to sell the click is the headline.

10 more uncluttering things to do every day

Today we welcome Sherri Kruger, editor of Zen Family Habits, as a guest writer on Unclutterer. She also has a personal development site dedicated to sharing simple tips to enjoy life. Last July, Erin wrote “10 uncluttering things to do every day.” I was proudly doing a few things on her list, but as usual there were a couple I hadn’t considered.

Bekvam steps up

A simple tweak from Malin makes a huge difference to the Bekvam step stool. Just a coat of paint and some gorgeous wall paper for a fresh new look. Love it. See more of the wallpapered step stool. Also check out the play kitchen.

5 Ways to Regain Your Creative Joy

One of the most difficult parts of freelancing is the tendency of the freelancer to eventually lose joy for the work. You may have come, like me, from a gig that paid well but didn’t fully capitalize on your talents. You decided to start working as a freelancer in order to make money doing what you love. That’s what this is all about, right?

Resisting the Time Suck

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I usually have an idea of what I want to accomplish once I get home from work. It goes something like this: Practice yoga. Get some writing done. Make a fabulous, healthy dinner. Work on my business. Read something thought-provoking. But I never seemed to accomplish all I set out to do. Sometimes I’d accomplish none of it.

Obtaining the Keys to Your Kingdom

I believe that in each man there is a prince and a king. In each woman there is a princess and a queen. Each of them has the ability to obtain the keys to his or her personal kingdom.

7 Steps To Turn ‘Failure’ Into Success

"Glitch" courtesy of Luiza O.S @Flickr Chances are you've got success on the brain if you're reading this article.  You've set your goals, you're on your way to achieving your dreams.  But they're not coming as fast as you would like.  You're ready for it to all come true right now.  You set a deadline to reach your goal, but it just didn't happen in that timeframe.  And now you feel a litt