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By John Wesley

5 Ways To Work Smarter

As much as workaholics like to claim that they’re superior because they work more hours, don’t listen to them. Workaholics do work more hours than the rest of us, but they don’t work smart hours. They may sit at their desks forever, but that doesn’t mean that they’re using their time well 100% of the time.

The 12 Most Infamous Mustaches of All Time

As many of you know, AoM is taking part in the Movember contest to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. Our team has over 300 fearless members who will be growing mustaches and raising money during the month of November. One week into the contest and the AoM Team has already raised over $13,000 to fight prostate cancer!

The Men of Easy Company-Part III: Ron Speirs

Editor’s note: Tomorrow marks the US observance of Veteran’s Day. In the weeks preceding this holiday, we have published a series of short profiles written by Marcus Brotherton about the men from WWII’s Easy Company. Today’s final installment covers the life of Ron Speirs. The Art of Manliness would like to thank Mr.

10 Common Happiness Mistakes.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 10 common happiness mistakes. To delay to do something important until you have some “free time,” because you may never have any free time To retreat into isolation when you’re unhappy To neglect to make a small change because you think a big change is necessary To refuse to consider a big change because you assu

Low-Cost Methods for Stress Relief

Mindy writes in: How do you deal with stress? I know that with three kids and managing The Simple Dollar and all the other stuff you have going on, you have to feel some serious stress at times. What do you do to manage it? I have twin babies at home and I also work from home as a freelance graphic designer.

IVETOFTA Industrial Firepot

Materials: IVETOFTA candle lantern Description: IVETOFTA gets an industrial makeover with spray paint. These little firepots cast the most gorgeous warm glow, reminiscent of an old boiler room. You will need...

Perfect Zen The surprising Secret to Unceasing Serenity

“Focusing on the the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within.” ~Author Unknown Inhaling and exhaling goes hand in hand with the beating of our hearts.

Unitasker Wednesday: Electric Gravy Boat Warming Plate

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching in the U.S., I thought a gravy-themed unitasker was an obvious choice for our feature.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Saying farewell to a hobby, part twoIn the original “Saying farewell to a hobby” post, I talked about how to decide if you’re not really into your hobby. Letting go of a no-longer-active hobby can be difficult, especially if part of your identity is wrapped up in that activity.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Novel Update Edition

On November 2, I wrote about 10,000 words of my novel I’m writing this month. I was about to upload it, except we had some internet issues, so I decided to upload it the next morning. I woke up the next morning, read some of what I had written, and hated all of it. So I started from scratch, re-drafting my plot outline and my character descriptions before starting over.

Cultivating Boldness: How to Be a Bold Freelancer

Credit: photo by shodensan on Flickr A few months ago, as I was engaged in some much-needed tidying of my desk, I discovered beneath a stack of index cards and tangle of wires a magnetized card with the following quote: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…Do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Morning, Friends. Who Can I Help Today?

I’ve started my day on twitter with this same tweet nearly every day for more than a year.Morning, Friends.

Start an instrument-free band

We’re pretty late to the game on this one, but on the slim chance you haven’t seen it — check out Atomic Tom performing their song “Take Me Out” on a New York Subway car: The band’s “stolen instruments” claim is just a concept for the video — their instruments weren’t actually stolen.

The Maskros flower

Materials: Maskros (the small one) and Dudero lamps Description: Of course, the Maskros lamp is already gorgeous. But since the space in my room is limited I decided to transform it into a table lamp and add some color. First the inside of all paper plowers were painted with a cadmium orange professional marker.

Make More Money: How to Supercharge Your Income

Nearly every morning, I get up early to go exercise at the local Crossfit gym. While I wait for it to open at 6:30, I do laps around the cold, dark parking garage with my friend Dan.