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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Snap out of it! Six Tips for Avoiding the Afternoon Energy Slump

Do you find yourself zipping through your workload in the mornings, feeling energized and motivated ... only to crash after lunch?Most of us are probably familiar with the mid-afternoon energy slump. Whether you feel sleepy, exhausted or just lethargic, these are six ways to keep up your energy levels throughout the afternoon.

Hide your cables in a Vattern

This is neat. Paul hides a stash of cables and switches inside the Vattern bathroom cabinet. "In a corner of my room I've fixed my router, the switch and the cables on the wall. It was quite practical but it looked ugly. Two months later I found in the "bargain corner" two doors of the Vattern series. Later I bought two basic elements of the Vattern series.

Digital Signatures & Encryption

In this post, we are going to look at the fundamentals behind sending encrypted emails and documents.

Organizing medical billings and paperwork

Professional organizer Julie Bestry speaks from personal experience on how to organize medical billings and paperwork to avoid bankruptcy in her article “Don’t Let Hospital Billing Errors Bleed You Dry“: Harvard University research indicates that approximately 62% of U.S. personal bankruptcies are caused by unaffordable medical bills.

Gasoline, Groceries, and a Simple Look at the Cost of Time

Recently, my wife was in rural area of Iowa where the gas prices were significantly higher than they are near where we live. While there, the amount of gas in her tank got low, so she stopped to fill up.

Don't Go to College to Learn

By Philip Brewer There are good reasons to go to college. And, if you do go to college, you will no doubt learn a lot. But you can learn anywhere — and probably learn more, better, and faster if you do so on your own.

A Case of the Creative Munchies & How to Feed Them

Ask just about any creative professional and they will most likely tell you they have suffered from a creative block. It’s just a normal part of working in a career where your passions and talents meet. I don’t really get blocked too often in my ability to write—working in a newsroom forced me to create content on demand.

How to Stop Buying Clothes You Never Wear

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. A couple of years ago, I had a Great Closet Clean-Out. My clothing racks and drawers were overflowing at the time, and some of it still had price tags. Hoping to accomplish that European knack for owning less and looking better, I donated, consigned, and gave away about 75 percent of my wardrobe.

High IQ Doesn't Equal Success, Focus on Your EQ

Our society places a premium on intelligence. While we’re in school, we have it drummed into our heads that book learning and a high IQ are the necessary tools for success. Honors and attention are bestowed on the academic achievers while the majority of the people are relegated to the ever inflating 'average' tag.

Being a smart furniture consumer

Smart consumerism is based on the principle of buying the best quality of good to meet your needs and budget. Saving up your money and buying a beautifully crafted piece of furniture out of durable materials will ultimately keep you from wasting money and time in the future.

Billy revisited

I like doors on my cabinets to keep the dust away, so I totally dig what Massimo did to his low single Billy. "My goal was to realize a little cabinet nearby the entrance of my living room. I just bought a Billy frame and two little doors made for the height extension unit. The problem is the frame holes don't match with the doors mechanism.

How Much is Information Overload Costing Your Company?

Interesting metrics to back up the idea that reactionary workflow is detrimental to productivity (and creativity).

Freelance Radio, Episode 38: Family Life

The latest episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) talks about family life. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

The Art of Manliness Podcast #3: Primal Living with Mark Sisson

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode we sit down and talk to Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple. Mark has recently published a book entitled The Primal Blueprint. In his book and on his blog, Mark argues that the conventional wisdom about health and fitness is wrong.

Announcing Zen Family Habits

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I’m happy to share with you the birth of Zen Habits’ sister site: Zen Family Habits. It’s a joint project with Sherri Kruger of the excellent blog Serene Journey (read: she’s doing most of the work), and it aims to fill a gap that I’ve been neglecting here at Zen Habits (I tend to neglect a lot of gaps you know).