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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Making environmental behavior fun makes it popular

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How to Defeat Burnout and Stay Motivated

Zenhabits lists several tips for redirecting your energy when you can't seem to get excited about work.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

An interesting scientific read on redirecting the brain to focus on momentary sensation, to help intensify the ability to focus.

Lessons in Manliness: Matthew Henson

“The Captain had gone, Commander Peary and I were alone (save for the four Esquimos), the same as we had been so often in the past years, and as we looked at each other we realized our position and we knew without speaking that the time had come for us to demonstrate that were the men who, it has been ordained, should unlock the door which held the mystery of the Arctic.” -Matthew Henson When

When One Partner Is Self-Employed

Whenever I mention that I’m self-employed and work from home while my wife works outside of the home, I usually receive a question or two from readers who are thinking about a similar arrangement. They want to know about how we balance things. How do you balance household chores? How do you balance parenting chores?

A Happiness Lesson from...Simon Cowell? Yep.

Studies show that when people find meaning in their experiences, even painful experiences, they are more apt to find happiness and fulfillment. In fact, a happiness-boosting exercise sometimes assigned is to ask people to write their life stories. When people are asked to do this, and when they reflect on their lives in a constructive way, they feel happier. I know this is true for myself.

Understanding Other’s Perceptions

The other day I overheard some young people talking. A fresh graduate from high school was posing this question to his peers. Is it illegal to wear a ski mask into a bank to conduct business? Obviously, I would not suggest trying this to find out. The brief snippet of this conversation I overheard started me thinking about how important it is to understand others’ perception.

Are You Getting Knocked Off-Course By Obstacles?

Do you feel as though you’d accomplish so much more in your life if it wasn’t for all the obstacles in your way?

Organize your closet like a pro

Scott Roewer, a certified professional organizer based in DC, recently created a how-to series for the video site MonkeySee. His topic, organizing your closet like a professional, takes viewers step-by-step through the uncluttering and organizing process.

Stolmen vertical pot rack

This is a terrific idea from Andrew. A pot rack in the corner of the kitchen, standing almost sculpture like.  "I thought people here would be interested in the pot rack I devised for our recent kitchen renovation. While we added plenty of storage to the space, I prefer pots to be easily accessible, but we did not want to have them hanging from the ceiling in the center of the space.

Lunch skins reduce waste and save lunch

Thursday is Blog Action Day and this year’s topic is Climate Change. As a result, I’ve been thinking about green organizing and uncluttering advice that will be applicable to the topic. Obviously, living an uncluttered life is better for the environment than living a life of excess and materialism.

The Forgetful Mind

I’ve written many, many times about how relevatory keeping a “thought notebook” in my pocket has been for me. Whenever I have a stray thought that might be useful at all to remember later, I jot it down in the notebook and then review it later, usually a couple of reviews a day. Figuring this out has truly been world-changing to me.

Phishing Scams Continue to Plague Social Media Sites

By Adam Baker Social Media is going through an unprecedented explosion in popularity right now. Don't believe me? See for yourself. There are no signs this trend is going to slow anytime soon. But this huge surge in popularity also makes the various social media networks a prime target for scams.

Is Hard Work Overrated?

A co-founder of Flickr argues that hard work often doesn't amount to much--and neuroscience offers some backing for the claim.

Are Freelancers a Commodity or a Profession?

Lately, I’ve been exploring various “commodity” freelance job boards where one bids for projects.