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By Tim Ferriss

The Two Types of Procrastination

I just finished reading a wonderful article on procrastination by James Surowiecki in the October 11 issue of The New Yorker. The money quote: [I]t might be useful to think about two kinds of procrastination: the kind that is genuinely akratic and the kind that’s telling you that what you’re supposed to be doing has, deep down, no real point.

A mini shelf for books, toddler sized

Materials: Ribba Picture Ledge Description: We are renting, so I couldn't attach something to the walls. And we didn't have the space for a big reading nook but I wanted our toddler to be able to see his books and have them be at his height. I looked through the garage and found 2 IKEA Ribba photo ledges we were not using. 1.

And the final winner in our Kindle Wireless Reading Device giveaway is…

Thank you to EVERYONE (all 11,095 of you!) who are now following @Unclutterer on Twitter and who participated in our Kindle giveaway. Now, let’s get on to the good stuff … At 10:00 a.m.

Reader Mailbag: Halloween Treats

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. Sharing too much information online 2. How do ARMs work? 3. World Series prediction 4. First time apartment hunting 5. Saving for a wedding 6. Workbook for missions/goals 7. In-person insurance agent? 8.

7 Tips for Creating a Successful Photographer Blog

credit: hito.fr on Flickr Photography blogs can be great ways to funnel new visitors and potential clients to your photography work. I’ve been photoblogging for almost three years. Here are seven things that I’ve learned: 1. A blog is no place for second-rate work.

Specialized saving accounts

Last winter, when one of our cats was diagnosed with a rare cancer, my husband and I took the cat to a renowned pet oncologist. Some of our friends, the pet lovers in our group, said they would have done the same thing to help a member of their family.

LACK Monster Entertainment center

Materials: LACK bookcase Description: A variation of this classic hack which involves eliminating one shelf and drilling new holes for the two remaining shelves. The result is three separated cubbyholes which are perfect for right, left and center channel speakers. The unit sits on six small stainless steel legs.

How to Slay Energy Vampires

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. April is writing a series on money monsters for the recently launched Pageonce blog, including fighting zombie debt and how to Frankenstein your savings. There are demons that can suck the life force from you — and you unknowingly invited them into your home.

9 Surprising and Intriguing Brain Exercises.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 9 mental exercises -- zany but productive. Dorothea Brande was an American writer and editor, well known for her books Wake Up and Live and Becoming a Writer (a useful resource for writers, by the way). In 1936, in Wake Up and Live, Brande suggests several mental exercises to make your mind keener and more flexible.

Daily Links: Facebook Fan Page Edition

Sometimes I’m slow on the uptake. It took me a long time to start using Facebook to stay in touch with my friends, and it took even longer to set up a Facebook page for Get Rich Slowly. And it’s taken me even longer to mention the page exists here on the blog! Sheesh.

“Someday, My Ship Will Come In”

On page 227 of my book, I recount a short tale of a woman dreaming a negative dream: “Someday, things will change for me and my ship will come in,” Helen said. Helen and I had each just gone through a trial by fire at our respective new jobs.

Traveling Lightly Through Life

‘A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.’ ~Lao Tzu Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Francine Jay of Miss Minimalist. I’m often asked what inspired me to become a minimalist.

Welcome the Newest Member of the McKay Family and AoM Team: Augustus George McKay

Hey everyone. You may have noticed the radio silence the past few days. There’s a perfectly good reason for it. Yesterday at 6:10 PM Kate and I welcomed our first child into the world. His name is Augustus George McKay. We’re calling him Gus. Gus weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz and measured 22 inches in length. He’s also devilishly handsome. Mom and baby are doing great.

This Awesome Trick Can Boost Your Mood Anytime

Feeling grouchy? Lethargic? Annoyed or irritable? Bad moods happen to the best of us, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do about them. The fact is, most of us feel like we’re at the mercy of our moods and try to push through or wait it out instead of taking positive action to improve our state of mind.

Multi-hack Bedroom Desk and Chair

Materials: Vika Leif trestle, 1 Nexus cabinet door from As-Is section, Stefan chair and some IKEA fabric Description: On my most recent trip to IKEA, I wanted to get a frugally-priced laptop/writing desk and chair for my bedroom. The one I was thinking about getting was the Laiva, which was only $20.