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By The Unclutterer Team

99 Excuses For NOT Making Ideas Happen

We collect a shortlist of the most common excuses for not making ideas happen, and respond with tips for rallying yourself into action.

How Would Panhandlers Use Free Credit Cards?

Have you ever wondered what the panhandlers you see on the street would do if you actually gave them a bunch of money to spend? Like many people, I generally give my pocket change to anyone who asks. I figure that if they have to ask, they probably need it more than I do.

Yard Sale Ethics: Is the Sticker Price the End of the Story?

In my recent post about cultivating your own knowledge for fun and profit, I mentioned that you should hit yard sales, consignment shops, estate sales, and so forth as a way to put your knowledge to work for you and take advantage of underpriced items.

Review: Toodledo Task Manager

First, let me share a little secret with you.  I am a master procrastinator.  I always manage to get the job done, and often to the best of my abilities, but if I don’t have that looming deadline, sometimes time slips through my fingers.  I blame YouTube, Twitter, FreelanceSwitch, WorkAwesome, and lifehacker.  If it weren’t for them, I’d be massively productive whenever I sit in front of

Alicia's store-it-all desk

Materials: Faktum (Akurum) 5 drawer base cabinet, Faktum pull-out larder cabinet, Applad drawer fronts, Numerar white/aluminium effect worktop, Grip handles Description: I work from home on my invitation design business Akimbo. Since the office is small we had to make all of the space work hard, which meant a traditional desk didn't fit the bill.

ColorBlendy: See how two colors blend easily

A handy design tool to test how colors blend while overlaid or multiplied.

Ten Things Your Employees Wish You Knew About Them

"If you think it's tough being a manager these days, try being an employee."

What Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, and R. Crumb Have in Common

How those great Paris Review interviews happen. Behind-the-scenes process look.

Tweetin' Grannies and Gramps Outpace Social Whippersnappers

Survey says the fastest growing demographic in Social Media is the over 50 set.

Trying to Make a Tough Decision? Try Asking the Five Fateful Questions.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: the 5 fateful questions to ask yourself if you're trying to make a tough decision. When I’m reluctant to take a risk or face something uncomfortable, I ask myself these five questions which, in melodramatic form, I call the "Five Fateful Questions." They help me think clearly about a situation. What am I waiting for?

Unitasker Wednesday: Breading Pans

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Williams-Sonoma has so many wonderful unitaskers that it almost feels like I’m being lazy when I use one of them in the weekly feature. This week’s unitasker is so specific, though, I just had to bring it to your attention.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Deadheading for the futureThe more you clear out and eliminate what’s “dead” in your life, the more space you create for opportunity, love, and success in the future. Lazy productivityIf I need to do something I’m not super excited about doing, I want it to take the least amount of time possible and I want it to cause me little or no stress. Letting go of sentimental

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Making It All Work Edition

After the universal positive response to my idea of doing a chapter-by-chapter discussion of David Allen’s Making It All Work, I’ve decided to go ahead with it.

10 Requirements for Working with Clients in Other Countries

Freelancers are given the opportunity to work for either clients within their respective areas or clients coming from abroad. Personally, as a freelancer living in Asia, I’ve worked only with clients who run their businesses a hundred miles away such as those in the US, the UK, and Australia.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be Extraordinary?

There are millions of guitar players out there. How could anyone hope to breakthrough and make a living playing guitar? Not lead guitar in band, just straight up guitar? This video of Andy McKee playing Drifting is your answer. Play it like nobody else plays it. Turn one instrument into an entire band, build upon but then transcend what every teacher has ever taught you.