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By Leo Babauta

Saying “I Will Do It In The Future” Is an Excuse for Failure

My office is a mess. I don’t feel like cleaning it – I’d rather play with the kids right now. So I say, “I will clean it in the future,” and I go play. A week later, my office is still a mess. You’re not saving for retirement.

Never Hire An MBA

If you are responsible for hiring people, someone with a master’s of business administration might look like an attractive hire.

5 Ways to Fire A Client

There are just some clients who you no longer want to work with. It could be that the client in question is difficult to work with or it could be more a matter that you’ve moved on from the type of work you’ve been doing for that client. Whether you’ve only done a little work for the client or you’ve been together a long time, it’s never easy to fire a client.

Assorted links for June 15, 2010

A number of really cool things have moved across my desk this past week, but none of them are necessarily large enough for a post all their own.

Taking Care of Business: Expense Reimbursement

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Most employees have to submit expense reports at some point — be it for out-of-town travel, client dinners, special events, or other expenses you incur due to your job responsibilities.

Expedit's were made for sleepin'

Materials: Expedit 1x5 Description: We wanted a bed that: * was sturdy * had storage * was reasonably easy to disassemble * looked decent * would not break the bank So, we: 1) assembled 2 1x5 Expedit bookcases 2) constructed a wood platform to top them 3) made the visible bits look nice 4) slept on our stored stuff It turned out well enough that sharing seemed a good idea.

Freelancer’s Wishlist – Father’s Day Edition

With Father’s Day closing in faster each day, maybe its time to get him that special something for his very own day. If you´re a father of your own, tell your son or daughter what it is you want as a gift. Whether the dad in question works from an office or freelances, if you or your father owns a suit – this is the perfect gift. Stay productive at the same time as you look dashing!

5 Ways To Escape Overwhelm

Ever had one of those days when you’ve got such a ridiculous amount of stuff to do that even the idea of unpacking the groceries makes you feel frazzled and teary? When you frantically flit from task to task, never quite completing anything and in most cases not really doing anything useful at all?

Get the Building Your Resiliency eBook!

A few months ago, we ran a series of posts on building your resiliency. We got a very positive response from it, and many of you told us that you found it very helpful and inspiring.

Top 3 Productivity Articles from WorkAwesome

Staying productive is one of the hardest parts of being a freelancer, we all run into some small road bumbs once at a while. So to keep you all on track, help you out a bit and to give you all some tips – here they are, the three best productivity articles from WorkAwesome, our sister site dedicated to productivity and work tips. 5 Efficient Ways to Share Files by Mike Vardy.

Five Big Ways You Need to Think About Christmas … Now!

It’s mid-June, so there’s no better time to write about Christmas. Right? Right?! The truth of the matter is that just a little bit of forethought right now can save you a ton of time, effort, cost, and heartache this December.

In Praise of Paying Yourself First

Can you bear with me for one more labored metaphor? As I’ve mentioned a few times already, I’m in the midst of a successful fitness program.

Streamlining your morning routines

To know me is to know my love of coffee. My entire morning routine is structured around brewing the perfect cup and drinking it before the busy-ness of the day begins. Hanging on the bulletin board above my computer screen is my mantra: “When in doubt, drink more coffee.” I’m not really addicted to caffeine, I’m more addicted to the routine of crafting an ideal cup of joe.

Tell Other People about What Makes You Happy -- a New Feature of the Happiness Project Toolbox.

A few days ago, I wrote about the happiness of creative collaboration. Another collaborative project which has been a huge source of happiness, novelty and challenge, and fun for me has been the creation of my companion website, the Happiness Project Toolbox. What is the Happiness Project Toolbox?

Korean guitar pedalboard

Materials: Ikea Gorm shelves and planks, velcro, screws, brackets... Description: I took the IKEA Gorm shelves and made a pedal board from them for guitar effects pedals.