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Five Steps to Having a Productive Month

Maybe all of your days tend to go smoothly. You're good at getting up on time, doing your work, and making sure that you relax. The problem is, you feel like things are not quite adding up. On a day to day basis, things are pretty good – but month-by-month, you don't feel like you're making progress.Do you plan for the month ahead?

This week in March '07

Every week end, I hope to bring you back to the past. We'll revisit the good stuff Ikea Hackers featured way back then. Here are three that caught my eye. Enjoy!

Manvotional: Foundations

“Foundations” From Traits of Character, 1899 By Henry F. Kletzing Don’t risk a life structure upon a day’s foundation.

When Should a Hobby Remain a Hobby?

One constant theme of The Simple Dollar is my encouragement of people to try to find ways to turn their passions and hobbies into a stream of income. This is a path I followed in my own life, as I turned my hobby of writing into a major revenue stream. While that may have been a powerful experience for me, it’s not always a good idea to turn your hobby into a full-time job.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #12

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Rachel Some of you long time readers may remember that a few years ago, I posted an article about a friend of mine named Rachel.

Recipe: Spicy Pickled Carrots

This guest post from my wife is yet another installment in her ongoing quest to grow and preserve food for our household. I’ve had the canning bug pretty bad for the last week or two. But although Spring has officially begun, our garden is months away from producing anything worth turning into jam, pickles, or other home-canning treasures.

7 Life Changing Lessons You Can Learn from Mark Twain

in 1871, Mark Twain was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He was a writer, and lecturer. He was called the “greatest American humorist of his age.” He wrote the now classic novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.He wrote some great stuff that is still read by millions today.

The Quickest Way to Radically Improve Your Life: Use Radical Change

What do the iPad, the band Nirvana, and the Fosbury Flop have to do with your professional and personal well-being? They certainly don’t represent anything just a little different or just a little better. They all represented radical change — they operated, sounded and looked completely different than anything that came before them.

Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest Sponsored by Kiwi Shoe Care: Spring 2011

Last fall, we partnered with KIWI Shoe Care for our first ever Shoe Shine Saturday photo contest. We had so much fun with it that we decided to do it again! Shoe Shine Saturday is about reviving the manly tradition of the monthly Saturday shoe shine.

Your Emails are Too Long

‘If you can’t write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don’t have a clear idea.’ ~David Belasco Post written by Leo Babauta. One of the worst problems I’ve seen when people send me emails is amazingly common: they’re way too long. I’m a fairly busy guy, but who isn’t busy?

Ikea fruitbowl lamp

Materials: IKEA STOCKHOLM bowl Description: Last year we redid the bathroom and toilets, and that included the corridor upstairs, which got a place for 3 wall lamps, instead of the hanging lamp that did not illuminate much. So we spent lots of time looking for lamps (more than 6 months) and never found anything we liked.

Dinner With My Family #11: Enchiladas, Vegan or Otherwise

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Several people have emailed me recently, asking why I’m vegan. It’s not political at all.

This is just a test!

This is a test. I'm on vacation, yes, but still trying to get my iTunes feed to work. Please ignore this! Keep_a_one_sentence_journal.MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting(4)

Start A Vacation.

It's Friday afternoon, and I just said to myself, "Zoikes, I'd better write my post for today! The day is further along than I thought. And I won't be posting for the next week, because of vacation, so today's post had better be good." Then I had a thought: "Wait, what if I decided to declare that my vacation begins now, today?" And I must admit, I found the thought irresistible.

Melodi for the birds

Materials: Melodi Lamp, shape print out, stencil sheets, stencil knife, thin brush, acrylic paint, tape Description: When I bought this lamp, I already knew it was in for some changes. I didn't know exactly what I'd be doing, but then a light bulb went off (pun intended): stenciling! I found the images that I wanted online, adjusted the sizes and printed them.