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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Contingency Plans

By Philip Brewer Are you assuming that things will go along pretty much okay? Most people do, and they're usually right. Even when they're wrong, it tends to be okay, because the typical household's finances can absorb the occasional small blow. But sometimes the blows are medium-sized or large. What do you do then? I've written before about handling the large financial blows.

The Minimal Tip

I don’t believe in the idea of a “minimum tip.” There, I said it. It’s a big change from my previous beliefs on tipping. A few weeks ago, my family and I ate at a restaurant where the service was extremely poor. We sat for twenty five minutes waiting for our server (my wife was literally getting on her coat).

6 Ways You Can Eat Like an Olympian

Being Canadian, it’s hard not to beam at the thought that we are about to host the XXI (21st) Winter Olympic games in Whistler, British Columbia.I have always loved watching the Olympics because I get a little rush watching humans surpass their own perceived limitations and achieve accomplishments that seemed impossible.Athletes are well known for being quite respectful of their bodies.

Plan Your Gift-Giving to Save Time and Money

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Last Christmas, I had some great gift ideas: They were heartfelt, they were personalized — and they couldn’t just be bought at a store.

A dash of colour for the Samtid

Linda adds zest to the Samtid. "I bought a Samtid lamp with a white shade that didn't looked good in front of my white wall. So I decided to hack the lamp. The new shade is made of transparent polycarbonate 1mm thick. I made it a little bit bigger than the original. I fixed the shade with bolts and nuts. For the colour effect I bought felt, added buttons and wrapped it around the shade.

How To Become A Power User Of Your Brain

Image courtesy of SpaceCollective Have you noticed when your computer gets slow when you run many programs (or open many windows) at the same time? Likewise our brains get slower when our brains are filled with so many thoughts and other distractions. Have you ever noticed your brain is filled with incessant mental chatters, which make you worried, stressful, distracted or angry?

A Man’s Primer on Funeral Etiquette

“How we treat the dead says an awful lot about how we live. For the strong and able to serve the helpless dead, to honor frail remains, reaches deep inside us to something basic to humanity.” -Paul Gregory Alms Share Funeral etiquette. Unless you’re preparing to attend a funeral, it’s a subject that almost never crosses your mind.

A Fast, Free Way to File Your Federal Income Taxes

Tax season is in full swing, and again this year, the Internal Revenue Service is offering a program that allows many U.S.


Right now, there’s a personal matter going on in my life that’s been bothering me – it’s been on my mind heavily all day today.

Why I Banned Twitter at My Last Event

Back in November 2009, I launched a book marketing venture that rapidly spawned a sold-out live event in NYC—Tribal Author Camp. I did it because I love teaching, especially when I get to combine my jones for writing and experience as an author with marketing and social media.

Links from Comments

In this post we wanted to highlight the websites from a few members of the Productivity501 community who have left comments recently. Thank you to everyone for reading and to comment leavers for taking part in the discussion. Enlightr We hear a lot of talk today about how the internet can bring about information overload to those who use it.

Happiness Is…A Great Event at the 92nd Street Y. Also, an Important Happiness Question.

I had a great time speaking at the 92nd Street Y last night.

Better Because…

Image courtesy of t_a_g @flickr Better Because…You Choose For over 25 years, we climbed the corporate ladder in Fortune 100 companies like Best Buy and General Electric and were fortunate to attend top-rated training and executive leadership programs.

Seeing the New York Times Today Made Me Very HAPPY.

I have to say, I got a big rush of happiness when I opened my New York Times this morning. Check it out! A full-page ad at the back of the Arts section! * If seeing this fabulous ad makes you want to buy a copy of The Happiness Project, click here! Read sample chapters. Listen to an audiobook excerpt. Watch the one-minute book video.

Putting Unclutter Your Life in One Week to the test

Photographer Tasra Dawson put Unclutter Your Life in One Week through the ringer to see if she could clear the clutter and organize her life in seven days. She documented the process with a video series on her website and I want to share it with you. She starts with her closet (where the book begins) and works through to her living room.