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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Frictionless Work: How to Clear Your Life of Non-Essential Tasks

“It’s not the work which kills people, it’s the worry. It’s not the revolution that destroys machinery it’s the friction.” ~Henry Ward Beecher Post written by Leo Babauta.

Lessons from Hollywood: On Getting Projects Green-Lit & Spec Work

For over a year now I’ve been working with a well-known producer/writer/director as his Internet marketing manager on two movies; one in development and the other now in pre-production. It is an interesting experience that has taught me loads about what not to do as a freelancer as well as educated me about finances, the business of freelancing, and how Hollywood really works.

Nordby TV bench turned into towel rack

I've definitely never thought of using the Nordby TV bench as a towel holder. But Susanne sure did. She says, "It did not involve much 'hacking': just turned upside down and hung with two solid brackets on the wall." If you read German, she writes about her TV unit turned towel holder here. Click here for a google translation to English.

Workspace of the Week: Efficient laundry area

This week’s Workspace of the Week is KLDesignBuild’s laundry area: This could very well be the perfect laundry area.

Ask the Readers: Should I Stick With My Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?

In February, Get Rich Slowly reader Abby wrote with questions about her adjustable-rate mortgage (or ARM, for short). She’s had an ARM for seven years now, and the rate is due to reset in 2010. She wants to know what her best course of action is. Abby writes: In Fall 2003, I began my career as a teacher and bought my first house at 23.

Long-Term Productivity Means Looking After Yourself

Many of us place a lot of importance on being productive. We want to achieve our goals, succeed in our ambitions, and accomplish something worthwhile.

How to Get a Drink at a Busy Bar

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from AoM’s resident bartender, Mike Hagan. Mr. Hagan has previously written on classic cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Drunk Fella: “Hey Chief!

Reader Story: Discovering the Power of Compound Interest

The reader stories I’ve been featuring on Sunday for the past three months seem to be a resounding success. Instead of being the only one to read your triumphs and failures, the rest of the GRS community can share them, too. I have no plans to expand this feature beyond Sunday, but I’m making an exception today.

Why Do You Buy?

What’s the single most important piece of personal finance advice you would give a person? I’ve heard this question (or variations on it) many times.

Messy Desks

Did you know that a single two-second distraction can cost you 15 minutes of your day? When your concentration is interrupted, it takes up to 15 minutes to get your focus back. Our ambient sounds help reduce the amount of noise distractions in your workplace. Take advantage of the current SALE.One of the greatest hindrances to productivity isn’t particularly technical or complex in nature.

"Laughing, Using Facebook, Not Using my iPhone, and Remembering 'This Is Just Now.'"

About a year ago, I met Amy Wilson through a mutual friend. She was working on a book that I thought sounded hilarious -- and today, it hits the shelves!

And the second winner in the Fujitsu ScanSnap giveaway is …

Thank you to EVERYONE (all 5,986 of you!) who are now following @Unclutterer on Twitter and who are participating in our Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 giveaway. Now, let’s get on to the good stuff … At 10:00 a.m.

Reader Mailbag: Critical Mass of Stuff to Do

My biggest problem in terms of personal organization: whenever my “must be done” list reaches a certain length, I have this incredibly strong desire to just shut down and give up. If I can handle things in manageable chunks, things are good.

Turning Your Knowledge into Products

One of the big downsides of the freelance world is that when you’re not doing billable work, your income goes to zero. So, there’s a lot of talk about creating income streams that aren’t dependent on your selling your time. Turning your knowledge into a product – or a product line – is one way to go about this.

Quick reminder for our ScanSnap giveaway

Don’t forget about our drawing today at 10:00 a.m. EDT for our second Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 giveaway! Entering to win is simple. All you need to do is follow us on Twitter. If you aren’t already on Twitter, create an account and then follow us @Unclutterer.