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By Leo Babauta

Strategies for keeping clutter off your dining table

If your home functions anything like mine, your dining table isn’t used just for eating. In addition to providing a dining space, our table is used for meal preparation, my son’s coloring surface, an alternate work station if my husband or I need a change of pace from our desks, a hang out spot to sit and read, and dozens of other purposes.

Freelance Freedom #210: Smooth Meeting

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Six Easy Networking Tips for Introverts

I’ll confess up-front; I’m an introvert. I spend a lot of time on my own – and I find it tiring to be around lots of other people.Being an introvert actually works out pretty well for me. I’m a writer, so a big part of my day involves sitting at my computer, working alone.

Discounted Gift Cards: The New Coupon

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I’m currently house-sitting in Anchorage, where one of my duties will be kid-wrangling while my niece does the Alaska Run for Women.

The DIY Guide to Rock Star Productivity

Working with rock star productivity is awesome. You get stuff done like nobody else, and let’s face it, you’re the envy of colleagues and competitors alike! If you want that, but don’t feel like shelling out a thousand bucks for an expensive time management consultant, why not go the do-it-yourself way? I know you’ve got the chops for it.

The 5 Switches of Manliness: Challenge

This is the second post in our series on the five switches of manliness. The five switches of manliness are the power switches that are connected to our primal man and deeply ingrained and embedded in the male psyche. When they’re turned off, we feel restless, angry, and apathetic. When they’re turned on, we feel alive, invigorated, motivated to be our best, and just plain manly.

Required Reading: Creating Cults, Finding Randomness & Maverick Geniuses

A look at the eccentricity that fuels MIT's creative genius, an incredible roundup of hiring wisdom, and 50 ways to spark randomness in your day to day.

Review: The Total Money Makeover Workbook

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. Ronald writes in: I really loved your series of posts on The Total Money Makeover.

Linkswitch #71, Email Newsletters, Pen and Paper, Benefits Of Meditation

Advertise here with BSA Strengthen Client Relationships with an Email Newsletter There are countless posts online which explain why all freelancers should have a website. In short, it’s one of the most effective ways to showcase who you are and what you can do. Of course, if you want to position yourself as an expert, you should seriously consider a blog too.

"Happiness Is To Have a Little String Onto Which Things Will Attach Themselves."

“Happiness is to have a little string onto which things will attach themselves. For example, going to my dressmaker in Judd Street, or rather thinking of a dress I could get her to make, & imagining it made—that is the string, which as if it dipped loosely into a wave of treasure brings up pearls sticking to it.

Plastic Flowers

My sister-in-law is a florist.

Reader Story (and Question): Financial Health vs. Mental Health?

This guest post from “NotPollyanna” is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Manvotional: Facing the Mistakes of Life

Facing the Mistakes of Life From The Crown of Individuality, 1909 By William George Jordan There are only two classes of people who never make mistakes—they are the dead and the unborn. Mistakes are the inevitable accompaniment of the greatest gift given to man—individual freedom of action.

Good Hours, Not More Hours

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about life over the past several years is that your good hours are the only valuable ones. You know exactly what I’m talking about. There are a few hours during the day where you’re revved up. Your mind is clicking. You’re efficient at solving problems.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #22

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Des Moines Family Music Festival This past weekend, the five of us went to Every Family Rocks in Des Moines, Iowa.