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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Freelance Camp and other Conferences for Freelancers

A few months ago a friend and I jumped on the ferry and took a day trip to beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, to experience our first ever Freelance Camp.  The event was touted as a chance for freelancers, entrepreneurs, business owners, and anyone interested in learning more about freelancing to discuss ways to start, expand, or improve their business.

"The Effort to Conceal Secrets Can Be a Burden That Leaves Less Room for Happiness."

Happiness interview: Frank Warren. For years, I've been a huge fan of Frank Warren's work, PostSecret. It's a community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously, on one side of a postcard, and on the site, you can read what people have posted.

Reader Mailbag: The Millennium Trilogy

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Donating to charities through businesses 2. Advanced board game recommendations 3. School or buy a house? 4. Rapid car loan payoff 5. Dealing with parental yearning 6. Life is not a test 7.

Meet the 2010 Fellows

Wondering who won the 2010 MacArthur Grants? David Simon, Jason Moran, Jorge Pardo, Matthew Carter & more.

The Value of an Hour of Work

How much does one hour of work actually contribute to our country's GDP? You might be surprised (and disheartened).

4,100 Students Prove ‘Small Is Better’ Rule Wrong

Are small schools necessarily better? Maybe not.

30 Ways to Make TV Watching More Productive

Ideas from folding laundry to flossing.

Messy Organization

Not all organization effort is equal. Just because you organize something, doesn’t mean it is going to make you any more productive. If you pay attention to the cost benefit of organization, you can keep from wasting time and focus on efforts that are actually beneficial. Lets talk about silverware as an example.

Your Freelance Office: 6 Places to Beat the Heat

It’s officially fall, but for much of my country, it’s still hot! If your freelance business is based in a home office you may be trying to work in unseasonable heat or humidity. Without air conditioning, slaving away over a hot laptop can be rough.

Exercise and focus

When you’re in a rush, behind schedule, or distracted, you’re more likely to make errors than when you are relaxed and attentive in the present. I’ve made mistakes when my mind has been running out of control — I’ve found my keys in the refrigerator, I’ve driven the wrong way down a one-way street, and typos have made their way onto the Unclutterer homepage.

How to Use a Commitment Contract to Change Your Habits

This is a guest post from Pop at Pop Economics, a great new blog about investing, personal finance, economics, and more. It’s now 9pm on August 30th. I’ll finish this guest post by 11:59pm on August 31. I know this, because if I don’t, I’ll lose $1,000. Call it an incentive.

VikaLight

Materials: Vika Oleby Table leg, Hemma Cord set, Orgel paper shade, drywall anchors Description: This is a $25 alternative to boring/ugly/expensive lighting. I installed one on each side of my living room.

What Does Success Mean to You?

All of us want to succeed in life. We want to accomplish something – to feel that in some way, we’ve “won”. It’s easy to get sucked in to thinking that we have to succeed on the world’s terms when, really, we each need to define success for ourselves.What does success look like to you? Is it the model set down by your parents or grandparents: a steady job, your own house, kids?

50 Great Web Alternatives to Desktop Software on Web.AppStorm

One of the great advantages of freelancing is the ability to work from anywhere. On Web.AppStorm, Justin Stravarius looks at fifty web apps that can replace desktop applications you depend on. It’s worth a look. Even without the help of the ground breaking features in HTML5, web apps have come of age. While not all web apps rival their desktop counterparts, some clearly do.

Build Your Future: Invest in Yourself

Photo credit: Arkady Golod My friend (and writer of brilliant blog, Exile Lifestyle), Colin Wright, once said to me (paraphrasing), “You can never go wrong with investing in yourself – that way, everything that you learn and have can go with you.