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Productivity 501

By Mark Shead

Putting the Simple Back In

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. - Charles Mingus One of the biggest challenges I have in my life is balancing the simple and the complex. I tend to oscillate back and forth between the two. What usually happens is that I’ll have a period that’s simple for a while.

"Doing Is the Hard Part...When It Comes to Eating Right and Exercising, We Know What We Should Do."

Happiness interview: Adam Gilbert. I got to know Adam Gilbert and his site, My Body Tutor, because, like me, he's very interested in the question of how and why people are able to keep resolutions. We've all made resolutions, very sincerely and enthusiastically, but then not kept them. Why not? How can we do better?

How Do You Find Free Time?

Sometimes being a freelancer means finding ways to get the most out of your 168 hours each week.  This probably applies to everyone, but it seems that freelancers have to worry more about self promotion, client billing, finding clients, and having a life. To get more done each week, some will: Sacrifice sleep Give up on family life Let your work standards slip Employ a virtual/physical assistan

Are you ready?

In the Montesorri method of education, teachers will often ask students, “Are you ready?” The program in a Montessori school is primarily self-directed, and teachers use this question to help children to focus and prepare for learning. I think of this question quite a bit during the course of my day.

Reader Mailbag: How Many Questions?

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. Replacing cable 2. Do-it-yourself wills 3. My no-generic items 4. Money goals after retirement 5. Tipping tip 6. Frugality and building relationships 7. 401(k), Social Security, and taxes 8. Selling a used car 9.

Can Creativity Be Taught?

Newsweek proclaims a "Creativity Crisis."

What Caffeine Actually Does to Your Brain

It Boosts Your Speed, But Not Your Skill. Exhaustive analysis of your brain on coffee from Lifehacker.

The Best Freelance Writing Books

We’ve talked about graphic design books in the past, but there are some great freelance writing books out there as well. If you are interested in writing on a freelance basis at all, these books can bring you up to speed on the information you need to know. How To Start A Freelance Writing Business Just starting out as a freelance writer?

Cupcake lights

Materials: You'll need a package of Drommar, a strand of lights and an X-Acto knife. Description: Using an X-Acto knife, make a cross cut in the bottom of an Ikea Drommar (cupcake liner $0.99 for a pack of 65). Slip over socket on a strand of lights to create small paper lamp shades that look really sweet. See more of Camilla's cupcake lights. ~ Camilla Fabbri, Family Chic

Fighting the summer productivity blahs

I have the mid-summer blahs. It happens every year, and, even though I know it’s coming, there isn’t much to do to prevent it. It’s something I have to survive instead of avoid. Maybe you get it, too? You look out your office window, see the glorious warm sun shining, and the last thing you want to do is work.

How to Save Money While Traveling

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. When I was packing for my trip to Argentina, a friend advised me, “Put everything you’re taking on the bed. Now put back half the clothes, and take twice the money.” Good advice.

The (re)acquisition of your Personal Power

Photo credit: OpenDemocracy Power: What a subject. We all desire power to varying degrees whether we call it ‘power’ or ‘control’ or something else; whether or not it’s ‘power’ over ourselves or ‘power’ over others; power to do good, power to do evil, power to create, power to destroy…and so on. We are fascinated by the subject. We write about it: “Power tends to corru

Boxing Basics-Part III: Defense

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who is doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing.

Planning for Budget Busters: Home Ownership

This video post is the third of a four-part series from staff writer Adam Baker. Baker previously featured a post on his own blog entitled Cost of Living Abroad: Dozens of Bloggers Share Their Expenses. Last week, I introduced the concept of a Budget Buster, which is any irregular expense that I fail to plan for.

The Obligations of Wealth

Connie writes in (I edited her question a bit to protect privacy): I recently married a business owner who had a net worth of around $10 million before we got married. He has lived in the same medium-sized town all of his life and has kept many of the same friends since his school years. Lately, though, he has noticed that a lot of them seem resentful of him.