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By Brett Kelly

The Right Things

Last night I made a late night run to the grocery store. As I got out of my car, I noticed a woman walking around the lot looking at the ground. She had her hand cupped as if she were holding something. By the time I exited the store, she had worked her way across the parking lot to the store entrance.

Storing small memory cards

I don’t know if I’ve ever publicly admitted this, but I’m a gamer. I play at least half an hour every day, and usually more than that. I have numerous electronic gaming systems and even a huge collection of board games for when I want to be away from a computer.

I’ll Do It Tomorrow

Tom left a great comment on the recent article about taking care of your things: How can you fight off “I’ll do it tomorrow”-ness? My lack of motivation makes me lazy, even though I see the benefits of not being like this. Procrastination is a big enemy of financial progress.

Do Old School Marketing Tools Still Work?

Many years ago, before the rise of the Internet and its latest be-all end-all, social media, business people used marketing and sales tools that we may not recognize. For example, a lot of consumer goods were sold door to door. Your older family members may have stories to tell about the Fuller Brush man. Yes, you read that right.

How to Find Time for Face Time and Personal Interaction

"Power down. Log off. Unplug. Have mercy on your thumbs. Browse the World Wide Something Else. Send some not-so-instant-messages. Undo. Hit cancel. Be together."This quote is from a Dentyne commercial and you know what, they might be on to something. Their message is trying to urge us to "make face time" in what has become a very online world.Our generation is as guilty of this as ever before.

What Got You to Get Better? Reasons for Change

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks.

Inexpensive kitchen island from Ikea Akurum

Danielle fits in a kitchen island with some handy hacking. "When we bought our home 6 months ago the kitchen was a total mess without much storage or work space. I love to cook so this just wasn't going to work for us. The budget was tight so we obviously thought: Ikea!

Reducing unnecessary distractions from colleagues at work

Mark at Productivity501 has some great tips for keeping office distractions to a minimum in his post this week “People Who Come to Distract You.” I have found that his second point works extremely well: 2. Stand and come out from behind your desk — If you conduct your conversation standing, it will likely be much shorter.

Brogan and Smith’s Ballsy Move

Lot’s of authors make claims. But, this is different... On Monday, online giver bar none, Chris Brogan, and his writing partner, Julien Smith, released their new book, Trust Agents. It’s a good book. Strike that.

Interview with Founders of Envato Collis and Cyan

One of the best things about working here at Envato is that we have an awesome team of people building, managing, writing, reviewing and working on our sites. Yep, things have come a long way since the early days when there was just a few of us trying to do everything!

How to Write When You Think You Can't

A couple of great tips for getting over the writer's block hump.

A Plea for More Critical Thinking in Design, Please

John Barratt asserts that the field of design should focus more on analysis, and less on creative subjectivity.

Seth's Blog: The Scientific Method

Seth Godin explains that we should be doing more analyzing, and less reacting.

Get a happier life!!!

One of the things I did not expect when I lived as environmentally as possible for a year was that I would end up, in many ways, happier.It makes sense: More sustainably produced food is healthier. People who get around by leg power instead of car power are more physically fit, and on and on.This discovery prompted the beginnings of a non-profit project called the No Impact Project.

So You Want My Job: Actor

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Eitan Loewenstein is a professional actor who has been seen on “Ghost Whisperer,” “iCarly” and Lifetime’s “Final Justice” in addition to his commercial work for “Saturn,”