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Economica: Women and the Global Economy

In his book Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty [my review], Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus argues that one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and overpopulation is to boost the economic status of women.

11 Rules for Moguls in Training

Over the last dozen years, I’ve devoured thousands of books on business, leadership, success and lifestyles and learned a ton through my own experience as an entrepreneur and marketing hired-gun.

14 Ways a Notebook in Your Pocket Can Save You Money

Melinda writes in: You constantly write about how having a notebook in your pocket all the time helps you in life and saves you money. I get that you can write down your ideas in it all the time, but I’m not a creative type.

Optimal Sleep

Sleeping is something we don’t usually think much about, but if you could do something to convert just 90 minutes of each day from sleep time into productive time, that would give you an extra 10 hours each week. Steve Pavlina discovered that he could reduce the amount of sleep he required by an average of 90 minutes each day by getting up at 5 am 7 days per week.

Review of DropBox Updated

We’ve updated our review of Dropbox after using it a bit more.  If you need to sync or share data, it is worth reading. Follow Productivity501 on Twitter.. ---Related Articles at Productivity501:Dropbox ReviewContest Winner AnnouncediPod Contest – Review This SiteOutsourcing IdeasiPod Contest Update

The game of Haggling: How to Get a Great Deal on a Used Car

By Sierra Black My husband and I bought a car over the weekend — a 2008 Mazda5. At the car dealership, I told my kids that we were playing an exciting game called "Haggle" with the car dealers. In this game, the car dealers want us to pay a lot of money for a car, and we want to get a very good car for a little money.

Practical List of Personal Productivity Tips

From the archives of Marc Andreessen's blog, here's a practical list of productivity tips for everyday...

Excerpt: Participating in Meetings

Below is another excerpt from my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week — this time on how to efficiently participate in a meeting. This is from the Wednesday chapter, “Communication Processes” section: “You might not realize it, but meeting attendees have some control over how quickly a meeting runs and they certainly impact the quality of the discussion. Be prepared.

Thoughts on Finding Good Customer Service

Whenever I mention a company on The Simple Dollar – Apple, Dell, Nintendo, Williams-Sonoma, etc. etc. – I usually receive an email or two from a reader telling me how absolutely horrible the company in question is.

How to Free Yourself From Limiting Beliefs

“From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do – now.” - Stoic philosopher Epictetus Whether you want to believe this or not, we all have the capacity to be extraordinary, to live our passion, to realize our full potential.

Excerpt: Eight strategies to stop procrastinating

The following is an excerpt from my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week, which comes out next week on November 3. If you have pre-ordered the book, THANK YOU! and also don’t forget to sign up to receive the special PDF bonus worksheets.

Freelancers: Do You Need a Business Plan?

If you tell someone that you’re going into business for yourself, he may ask to see your business plan — unless you tell him that you’re planning to freelance. There’s a certain assumption that freelancing is so plain and simple that anyone can do it, with no business plan needed. But is it really true that a freelancer shouldn’t bother with a business plan?

How to Get Your Free Credit Report Online: A Step-by-Step Guide

This article is by GRS staff writer Adam Baker. Baker is a big, fat hypocrite. The statistics on credit reports errors are staggering. A 2004 U.S. PIRG survey showed that 79% of credit reports contained either serious errors or other mistakes of some kind. 79%? Seriously? How can that be? I guess it doesn’t help that as of 2006, 27% of adults had never checked their report for errors.

Halloween goes East

The day for ghouls and goblins will soon be upon us. Tien and friends decide to go Japanese this year. Why not? Witches and vampires are so last season. "My friends and I are going for a Japanese theme this year. For one of my friends, I wanted to make a sexy kimono (was inspired by Emiri Miyasaka's kimono, right). The cheapest place for colorful fabrics by far is Ikea (at least in my city).

Ask for Help: Want to Make a Short Video?

One of my surprisingly difficult happiness-project resolutions is to Ask for help – and now I’m asking. The internet has changed a lot about publishing. There are many new ways to reach readers – and that means a lot of new tasks for writers.