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By Chris Guillebeau

Go See The Rules of Productivity Presentation

The Chief Happiness Officer follows up "The Cult of Overwork" with a look at an extremely interesting "Rules of Productivity" presentation.

Learn the Five Secrets of Innovation

A study finds that traits of associating, questioning, observing, experimenting and discovering are key to innovation.

Important Tasks

Productivity 501 runs down a few ways to jump-start morning motivation.

Reducing visual clutter in Mail.app

The fabulous Patrick Rhone from Minimal Mac instructs Mac users how to make their e-mail program less cluttered in his guest post today. Thank you, Patrick, for sharing your talents with us! Take a look at the peacefully minimal Window above. That is Mail.app, the built in e-mail application on Mac OS X. You may not recognize it in that form.

The Kong is in

I can't forget my Donkey Kong days so this hack is especially heart warming. Casey pays homage to the game with some ingenious tilted Lack shelves. "Here's a little project I came up with using some Lack shelves to add some flair to my game room. Using some tape, paint, and a lazy afternoon I put together a Donkey Kong homage to keep my old systems on.

20 Key Questions on Motivation and Habits, Answered

“Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.” - Spanish Proverb Post written by Leo Babauta.

Book Review: Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey

By Xin Lu It has been reported over and over that money is the number one cause of conflict and stress in relationships. This is precisely the reason authors Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar wrote Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey.

Reader Mailbag #92

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments.

Chicago book signing and meet and greet

After lots of amazing planning work on the part of my stellar publicist and sales team at Simon and Schuster, my book tour is becoming a reality. The final details on the later stops (LA, NY, KC, DC) are still being ironed out, but I can go ahead and announce the first event since it is confirmed and ready to go: Chicago –> December 28, 2009. 4-7 p.m. The Book Cellar. 4736-38 N.

Freelance Freedom #134

Financial Balance Lets You Enjoy Tomorrow AND Today

This article is the 11th of a 13-part 14-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. It originally appeared at Soul Shelter in a slightly different form. For more than a decade, I was buried in debt. My relationship with money was poor. I earned a decent salary, but I couldn’t seem to get ahead.

37 Inspirational Videos: Stories That Motivate You to Come Alive

It’s been an extraordinary year. And, as one of my thank you gifts for 2009, I’ve compiled this collection of 37 stunningly inspirational videos. Some you may know, many others will been new to you. But, each has immense power to instantly change your state of mind, your state of being…and your life. Not because of the cinematography, the music or the editing.

Holiday Giveaways, Freebies and More!

It’s hard to believe it’s almost a new decade, and with 2010 just around the corner it’s time to get celebrating the holiday season.

No Impact Man screening and Christmas consumption discussion

From the No Impact Project:Every year, growing numbers of us are unhappy with the shopping frenzy that surrounds the holidays but most of us don’t know how to get off the treadmill.

Forging Habits of Steel: 7 Tips on Making and Breaking Habits

Habits make the man. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” If you want to be productive, you need the habit of planning. If you want to be physically fit, you need the habit of exercise.