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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

How to Become More Intelligent

Intelligence is your capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding and mastery. It’s your aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts and meanings.Knowing a great deal is not the same as being intelligent; intelligence is not information “alone,” but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used. -Dr.

Loose weight with the trash-free food diet

I was just at a trash summit put together by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. The Foundation teaches kids about the outdoors and environmental stewardship, but the problem was that they were getting all this trash washed up on their property on the banks of the Potomac River.

Alain de Botton: A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

An argument for redefining success through a personal lens, as opposed to through the culturally promoted ideals of meritocracy, envy, and binaries.

Lessons in Manliness: Jimmy Stewart

Share “His type is as normally average as the hot dog and pop at Coney Island. He is good looking without being handsome, quiet without being a bore, ambitious without taking either himself or his job too seriously and unassuming without being dull. Stewart’s growing appeal has sometimes been difficult to peg. He’s no Gable and certainly has none of the qualities of a Valentino.

Daily Links: 11,643 Words Edition

Whew! It took a long time — nine days instead of the scheduled seven — but I finally finished the frugality chapter for my book. Do you know how difficult it is to compress that topic into a single chapter? It’s worth an entire book by itself! The version I just submitted to my editor is 11,643 words and includes April’s should I buy it? flowchart.

Eight Tips for Feeling More Energetic.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for feeling more energetic. Feeling energetic is a key to feeling happy. Studies show that when you feel energetic, you feel much better about yourself.

Revising and Reworking a Failed Financial Plan

In 2003, shortly after getting married, I had an ambitious goal of saving for a 20% down payment on a house by the end of 2007. Over the next year, I did make some savings progress, but I kept falling behind my milestones. Eventually, fed up with myself, I gave up and more or less just spent the money freely.

Interview: Productivity Tool

In our interview series we asked a number of people the following: What do you feel is your most important productivity tool?(1532) The metaphorical axe – no bit of software or technology would help me if I didn’t know how to constantly remove anything from my life that is getting in the way of living in a balanced and productive manner. Joel Falconer (rss) The word “No”

Cavalcade of Risk - November 4, 2009 - How Much Assurance Does Your Insurance Offer?

By Debbie Dragon Welcome to the November 4, 2009 Cavalcade of Risk — the How Much Assurance Does Your Insurance Offer edition! As I was going through the submissions for this particular carnival, I noticed a large number of insurance related topics. Does that mean we're becoming more concerned about whether we have enough (or the right types) of insurance? Or was it just a coincidence?

Unitasker Wednesday: TwitterPeek

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This item was sent to us by many Unclutterer readers, and I specifically liked the humor expressed by those who sent it to us over Twitter. Today’s unitasker is the TwitterPeek: For $100, you can get this mobile device that ONLY checks Twitter.

Theme Change #2: Productivity for Entrepreneurs

The focus of The Cranking Widgets Blog will have much more of an entrepreneurial bent going forward. I collect companies and business ideas like many productivity lovers collect pens and notebooks. Entrepreneurship is in every fiber of my being.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Reader suggestion: Storing a George Foreman GrillReader Liz sent us the following solution for storing the removable plates and body of her George Foreman Grill. Out of Sight Out of Mind modular deskA concept for a modular Out of Sight Out of Mind (OSOM) desk has many different modules to store all of your office supply needs looks to be an interesting idea. 2007 Workspace of the Week: Cha

The convenient Light Switch Rack

I spotted the Light Switch Rack in a recent Museum of Modern Art Store catalog, and immediately started to think about all of the places I could use it in my home and office: The rack, which is designed by Paul Koh, fits over your lightswitch, and then you attach your switch plate to the front of it.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Next Project Edition

Now that my book is finished, I’ve decided to embark on another big time-consuming project, but this one is a little different. I’m a big fan of online banks. I think they’re an incredibly powerful tool for helping you with your personal savings.

Office storage from kitchen and bath units

This is great use of a space with a sloping ceiling. Jay turns it into a fabulous work station with ample book storage. "I wanted a solid built-in office solution with heavy duty wall-mounted bookshelves above a long (12') counter top/desk/workspace with ample storage that would fit into an 18" deep nook under a sloped ceiling.