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By The Wise Bread Team

Skill & Focus

Personal productivity is something that is fairly difficult to quantify.  Most people tend to just assume if they are doing better than the average person, then they are doing well.  For people who really want to achieve their full potential, simply comparing themselves with others isn’t particularly rewarding because it doesn’t say anything about their true capabilities. If most o

Corked-out Ikea PS workspace

The wall mounted PS Laptop Workstation is a neat idea, space saving and all but my only gripe is that it feels so "locker-ish" if you know what I mean. John's little hack gives it a nice warm touch. I just doped up an Ikea PS Laptop Workstation with some cork lining on its interior surfaces. Doesn't interfere with door operation at all, and makes it look about 1000% nicer.

Do a Background Check Before Hiring Your Financial Advisor

By Jeff Rose What was the last major purchase you made? Was it car or a flat screen TV? How much time did you spend researching to make sure you were getting the best product for the best price? Now, for those of you that have hired a financial advisor, how much time did you spend doing research on that advisor?

The other pile

When sorting items during an uncluttering project, I recommend having a minimum of three piles: keep, purge, and other. The keep pile is obviously full of the things you wish to retain in your space. The purge pile can mean the item needs to go in the trash or the recycling.

Five Ways I Disagree With Dave Ramsey

During the month of July, I conducted a very detailed discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. During the process, I realized that on most issues, I agreed fully with Dave. To a degree, this put a damper on the book club.

Learn good financial habits from your parents. Or not.

By Philip Brewer One of the big advantages that children of the middle-class and wealthy have is that they grow up in a household where a huge amount of financial knowledge is embedded in its day-to-day functioning. Parents teach it, but it's also just there for the child to pick up, almost for free, like language and basic social skills.

Mac Billing Application Round-Up

Having the right billing and invoicing tools is crucial to a freelancer. Your options can be very different, depending on what type of computer you’re working on. For those freelancers working on Macs, there are several applications worth investigating.

Sweating the Big Stuff

This is a guest post from Sierra Black, a long-time GRS reader. She writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. When my husband and I first got married, we bought a house in the suburbs and promptly had a baby.

Kill Your Stress: Eight Stress-Busting Secrets

Do you feel constantly tense? Are your muscles tight and aching? Do you find yourself snapping at colleagues or family members? Do you feel a sense of panic and overwhelm when you think about your to-do list, or your email inbox? Are you constantly “wired”, in a jittery, negative way?Here are eight secrets – physical and mental – that will radically reduce your stress.

Organizing for convenience

When putting items away in cupboards, closets, drawers, or cabinets, it’s best to put those things that you use the most often in the easiest places to reach. This seems obvious, but even in my kitchen I’ve recently found that I wasn’t following this principle in all of my cupboards. I had wine glasses on the first shelf of my cupboard and coffee mugs on the third shelf.

Michelle's lessons from No Impact

This is a guest post by my wife, Michelle Conlin, who bravely joined me in the No Impact year. The post appeared on BusinessWeek.com, where there are a full sweet of features to do with No Impact. Check them out!My author husband, Colin Beavan, decided in late 2006 that he wanted to stop writing about history and start writing about global warming.

Do Interesting Things

“Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” - Goethe Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. We live in interesting times. We’re blessed that way. The world is changing rapidly. The way we work is changing, the way we live has already changed.

The Good Enough Revolution

In this age of mass choice, we're often just looking for the simplest option...

Robert Hammond: Building the High Line

Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line, shares insights on executing large-scale community projects, culled from his 10-year battle to transform a disused rail structure into an iconic public park.

Creativity and Madness

Does creativity drive artists to madness, or does madness drive people to creativity?