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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Ivar Studio Desk

Materials: Ivar shelving units Description: I work for a small architecture firm in southern California, and last summer I started working from home 3 days a week. I had a small workspace setup prior to that, but it was inadequate for actual day to day work. I needed storage space for books, my computer, stuff, and a big enough desk surface to roll out drawings.

Coffee table advance

Materials: Malm Storage Unit, Galant Monitor Stand Description: Only a little hack ;) The Malm Storage Unit is perfect to hide things like the TV guides, bottle opener, the reserve of sweets, ... but they are not big enough for a coffee table. So I have expanded it with a Galant Monitor Stand and 3 short table-legs.

Back to the Stone Age: Low-Tech Expense Tracking

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. As many of you know, before I was a GRS staff writer, I was a GRS reader and active commenter. I’d say the bulk of my early personal-finance education came from this website, and it’s most definitely the resource I credit for spurring me to get serious about paying off debt and saving money. So last year when J.D.

4 Tips to Change Your Life and Create a Personal Revolution

Do you want to change your life but struggle to make it happen? There’s a reason it’s so difficult, and the recent unrest in the Middle East provides us a glimpse in to the challenges we face when we try to improve our lives. The president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, recently stepped down after presiding over the country for nearly 30 years.

The Greatest Tragedy: Time vs Money

Photo of Gala Darling Editor’s Note: I recently read a gem of a book called “The Millionaire Fastlane”. Despite feeling skeptical by its title, its phenomenal content surprised and delighted me. I’ll say more about the book at the end of this article.

10 Time-Saving Web Tools

Who wants to spend time sweating the small stuff when there’s more important work to do? We highlight 10 web apps to streamline your daily tasks.

Introducing Art of Manliness Stationery (Win a Box!)

At the Art of Manliness, we’ve long been proponents of hand-written correspondence. But if you’ve spent any time looking for stationery, like we have, you know that the selection of stationery designed for men is abysmal. Most stationery companies tailor their offerings for their female customers, and butterfly, flower, and polka dot motifs abound.

Review: Early Retirement Extreme

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. It was the subtitle of Jacob Lund Fisker’s Early Retirement Extreme that convinced me to pick it up.

DIY Slide Projector

Materials: Isbrytare lamp (no longer in production) Description: This is not mine but I thought you'd be interested. Instructables user derte84 build a lo-fi projector to display photo slides on a huge wall. Also works for lomo slides. See the step-by-step instructables [via Unplggd]. ~ Owen

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Formula MixerIntroducing the Formula Mixer. Design Public’s Organization Blog Fest: BookshelvesThe website Design Public is hosting an Organization Blog Fest for a week, and they asked me to be a part of the advice-wielding group for the second year in a row. Ask Unclutterer: Auto officeMy wife uses her mini van as an office for her process serving business, and a

"Happiness and Moral Duty Are Inseparably Connected."

"Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected." -- George Washington * It was great fun to see myself used as an example in a thought-provoking article by Dan Pink: Ever felt like your job isn't what you're born to do? You're not alone. With my friend Marci Alboher, too! * Want a free, personalized bookplate for your copy of The Happiness Project – or for a friend?

Seth Godin Pokes The Box

Seth Godin wants you to be uncomfortable.He wants you to question why you do what you do. And more importantly, why you don’t do what you don’t do.In his new book, Poke the Box, Seth wants you to knock down the walls to that container otherwise known as the status quo. He wants you to test, prod, poke.

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #8: Bank on Autopilot

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well.

Lack Bistro Table

Materials: 2x Lack side tables, 1x Lack coffee table, Loctite construction adhesive, Polycrylic Description: We had a tiny "breakfast nook" in our newly remodeled (Ikea Adel MB!) kitchen and wanted an affordable way to add a small table for two.