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By Mark Shead

7 Great Mobile Tools To Use When You're On the Road

Gone are the days when your cellphone was just an innocuous wireless device to help you talk when you are on the road. Today, it is the ultimate gadget which can accomplish so many great things.

Asking the better question

Reader Diana recently e-mailed her process for deciding what stays and what goes when she is uncluttering. Simply stated, she asks: Does this make my life better? If the answer is yes, she keeps the object or routine or whatever it is that she is examining. If her answer is no, she gets rid of it. “Does this make my life better?” is a simple question.

Does Learning Have to Suck?

In my last post, Pouring Concrete, I wrote about an experiment… I used an iPod nano as a source of additional“external” motivation to see if it would inspire my daughter to do a huge amount of school-prep work in a short period of time over the Summer.

Bonus Video Podcasts for The Essential Motivation Handbook

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. A couple months ago I released The Essential Motivation Handbook, along with co-author Eric Hamm of Motivate Thyself, and the response from readers has been strongly positive. But Eric and I wanted to do more — to add more value for those who bought the ebook.

Is Overmaintenance Costing You?

Whenever I write a post and mention oil changes, I always encourage people to check the manual of their automobile to find out how often they should change their oil? Why?

Forgiven Debt Isn't Really Forgiven At All

By Kate Luther If you've been struggling with the rest of the economy, chances are you've been forced to rethink your financial priorities. And as a result, credit cards are often the first thing to go. The good news is that once you get behind, many credit card companies will offer to "settle" your account, some for as much as just 40% of your original balance.

Essential Personal Finance E-Books

A few days ago, I released The Get Rich Slowly Guide to Roth IRAs as a free e-book.

And baby makes three

Irma makes it easy to sleep next to baby, with a modified Gulliver crib. "We made this co-sleeper. The bed was made 20cm shorter. We removed one side and adapted the bottom to the same height as our own bed.

Reducing résumé clutter

In the comments to last week’s post on organizing a job search, a reader asked if we might be able to put together a résumé organizing post. Since I haven’t put together a résumé in more than five years, I thought it best to turn to a professional. Today we welcome guest author Tiffany Bridge who worked for many years as a recruiter for a job placement company.

How to Decide What to Include in Your Portfolio

Remember when you graduated from school or first decided to become a freelancer?  You likely didn’t have much work to show and had to scramble to fill your portfolio.  If you now have a few years under your belt, you’ve probably started to build up quite a collection of finished pieces. The importance of having a professional portfolio website has been discussed on FreelanceSwitch &

Burn calories, not fossil fuels!

First off, the No Impact Project is looking to recruit more interns. Please read about it here. Now, onwards...So funny. Lately, I've been asked if eschewing elevators in favor of the stairs during the no impact year wasn't a bit extreme?

Does Aerobic Exercise Make You Smarter?

How and why strenuous exercise changes the structure of the brain and affects our thinking.

Can Curation Save Media?

Or more importantly, what is the future of digital curation?

How to Make Solving Problems Fun

"People do what they choose to do. And if you want people to choose to do something, make it fun."

Lucid Dreaming: A Beginner’s Guide

John Smith making another title look like child’s play (no audio) From 1994-1995 I had the great pleasure of training with wrestling legend John Smith, 2-time gold medalist and 4-time world champion (domestic freestyle record of 80-0; international freestyle record of 100-5). He was famous for his low leg attacks that made even Olympic finals look like textbook demonstrations. The problem w