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By Tim Ferriss

Getting Things Done: The Power of the Collection Habit

This is the eleventh entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Allen concludes the book with three short chapters discussing the power of various aspects of the GTD system.

Video: Cultivate Gratitude -- Find a Way!

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Eternity. Last week’s resolution was to Imitate a spiritual master. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Energy Drink Showdown: Rockstar vs. Red Bull

It’s no secret that freelancers run unusual and sometimes extended hours. When making a deadline matters, what do you use to give yourself a kick in the seat?  When you need to pull an all-nighter, or you need to stay awake after your last all-nighter, which energy drink do you reach for before you fall asleep on your keyboard?

Hack of a Lack holding Cat

Materials: Lack wall shelf Description: We wanted to put up something that our cats could use to climb on and that didn't take up any valuable horizontal real estate. Saw a pet store in our neighborhood using shelves as climbing walls for cats and looked online only to find that this is not so uncommon a practice and discovered this fab site along the way.

The Delicate Art of Being Perfectly Assertive

 Finding the sweet spot - how to achieve a balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.

NeighborGoods helps you find specific items to rent or borrow

Borrow or rent equipment, tools, and reusable goods from your neighbors through the new NeighborGoods site. Instead of buying a specialized item, first check to see if you can save your money (and storage space) and get it on loan from a neighbor. Since the NeighborGoods site is new, there might not be many items yet available in your community.

Making Your Time Less Money-Dense

One of the biggest ways to leak money is to spend your time in money-dense ways. The easiest way to explain it is to just show you a bunch of examples. Spending eight hours at Disney World with the requisite food, drink, and souvenir purchases costs about $200. The cost per hour of this event is $25 per hour.

XL Numerar Desk

Materials: Numerar Worktop (246 x 62cm) / Vika Kaj Adjustable Leg Description: Me and my girlfriend needed a new desk. A large one. So that we could work at it together. Inspired by this post, we decided to go for a Numerar worktop (length 246cm). We thought it would look best to use as few legs as possible so we mounted some wooden beams we had left to our wall for the worktop to lay on.

Cool PC Apps: The Top 50 PC Applications for Freelancers

credit: Shutterstock Poor PC freelance users, we never get the love we deserve! So to help rectify that, I took some time to round up the best 50 PC apps that freelancers can use in their business, in no particular order.

Five simple uncluttering tasks

Returning to the office after a long holiday weekend can be rough and unproductive. Instead of staring off into space for 15 minutes, try these quick uncluttering techniques for your desk: Return it. Find all of the things in your office that don’t belong to you and go on a walkabout to return the items to your coworkers. Take it down.

What Should You Buy Used? What Should You Buy New?

Though the Get Rich Slowly community has expanded in the past couple of years, there are still a few folks who have been around since the beginning. It’s always a pleasure when one of them drops me a line.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #26: Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants with Elliot Katz

Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode I talk to Elliot Katz, author of the book Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants: Timeless Wisdom on Being a Man.

How to Create Your Own Real-World MBA – II

Brainstorming in Boulder, CO with a class of founders from TechStars, where I’ve been a mentor. After this particular trip, I ended up advising Graphic.ly. (Photo: Andrew Hyde) Disclaimer: nothing on this site is legal advice, and I am not an investing expert. This post is continued from Part I.

How to Have Good Luck

Photo by Nickolas Sushkevich By Nadia Ballas-Ruta Have you ever wondered why some people seem so lucky? There are numerous stories of actors who were discovered by being at the right place at the right time. Then there are stories of those who were able to take a small loan or investment and turn it into an empire. Such stories are part of popular culture and give us hope.

Diplomas – What to do with them?

Erin at Unclutterer posted an interesting reader question about what you should do with your diplomas.