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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Bamboo blackberry cradle

Just plonking your Blackberry on your dresser nestled in a trail of cords? No way for Hrishikesh. This has to be the zen of Blackberry charging. It's a simple tweak but a solution a Blackberry user may find useful. Hrishikesh says, "I’ve always been annoyed by my phone charger.

Workspace of the Week: Picture perfect design

This week’s Workspace of the Week is JVOdesign’s home studio: These pictures showcase an amazing space. They images say more than I ever could write about them. The only thing I want to add is that JVOdesign linked to her instructions for how to make the tack wall. Thank you for such a terrific submission, JVOdesign.

The Five Key Items in Your Productivity Toolbox

When you want to get something done around the house, you might use a number of different tools – hammer, nails, superglue, detailed instructions, etc. It depends on the job, right?

Using Different Parts of Your Brain

Need to bust out of a creative rut? Try switching your tools (or environment, or colleagues).

Close Open Loops to Relax Guilt Free

Lifehacker reminds us that simple goal-setting (and the ability to complete these goals) is the best way to alleviate the stress associated with work…

The Ultimate Productivity Blog

This one demands a homepage save, to be sure.

How to Cross the Ocean on a Freighter Ship

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joseph P. Lenze. A few weeks ago Mr. Lenze shared his tips for international backpacking. Now, by popular demand, he gives us his advice on traveling by freighter ship, a manly adventure I’m willing to bet every man has dreamed about at one time or another.

Daily Links: Paperback Writer Edition

At long last, work has begun on my first book. The outline is complete, the contract approved, and writing has commenced. It’s a little overwhelming. Writing for GRS everyday has taught me to create short personal pieces on a deadline. But 300 pages? Wow. That’s like Mt. Everest! As clichéd as it sounds, I’m trying to take it one step at a time.

The Essential Bookshelf 2009: The Eleven Books That Rise Above the Rest

A little over a year ago, I posted an article entitled The Essential Bookshelf: The Only Eight Books I’ve Kept (After Hundreds of Reviews).

Tips for Airport Travel

The next time I check luggage at an airport I’m going to say: “I am flying to Hartford. Can you please send one bag with me and one bag to Boston?” When they say, “we can’t do that,” I will reply, “really?

The 7 Keys to Becoming a More Effective Lifelong Learner

Learning is one of the greatest joys in life and it can also be critical to staying employable and keeping our minds healthy as we grow older.

The Stash for organizing the small stuff

Organizing small things, specifically small things you regularly need at your fingertips, can be frustrating. Most of the pre-made organizing products for small things aren’t very attractive and/or are made exclusively for drawers.

What Is a “Good Job”?

During my senior year of high school, after I had learned that I had received enough scholarships to attend a major university, I sat down and studied all of the majors that were available to me. Two of them really stood out, due to my personal interests: English and mathematics. Unfortunately, as soon as I told anyone about my goals, they’d almost always tell me the same thing.

Finally: The End of Food Journals? The iPhone FoodScanner Arrives

But who keeps a food journal? Exactly. Unless you have extreme note-taking OCD like me, it’s too much of a pain in the ass to write down what you eat and track it all.

4 Steps to Better Filing

I’ve inherited the hoarding gene. I hoard an unmanageable number of pieces of paper containing “useful” bits of information that I claim will one day be useful. I’ve just come down to Sydney to visit my Dad in hospital, and after we took him home, I was graphically reminded where I inherited my hoarding. Hundreds of VCR tapes containing recorded television shows line the walls.