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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Job – And Leave It

I’ve noticed a rash of design professionals leaving their jobs lately to pursue creative freedom. Designer Frank Chimero, Helen Walters of BusinessWeek, Andrio Abero of Wieden+Kenndey, and Alex Bogusky of MDC Partners have all written high-profile accounts or made announcements about going on hiatus or quitting.

The Ben Franklin School of Persuasion

This Friday’s guest contributor is Joel D Canfield. Joel writes about his family’s experiment with a location-independent life at http://CanfieldOfDreams.com.

Workspace of the Week: Small, simple, sufficient

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Maureen.Ayer’s shades of gray office: This is Maureen’s office in her apartment. The desk sits in a small nook between the living room and the hallway to the bathroom and bedroom.

Permanent to non-permanent lighting fixture conversion

Materials: Cord set e26 and KRYP Fish light fixture Description: Basically taking a light fixture that was meant to be an installed structure and converted it into a movable wall plugged in solution with a switch. See more of the wall mounted fixture. ~ superfro

Four Crucial Steps to Avoid Procrastination

At some point in our lives, most us have had some issues with procrastination. Perhaps it was while we were students, always leaving essays till the last minute. Maybe we struggle in the workplace, putting off reports and other big projects until they're suddenly urgent.

Ask the Readers: How Do I Survive Until I Get My First Paycheck?

Isaac wrote recently with a question about how to make the transition from college to the Real World. He has a good degree, but it’ll take him time to find a job, especially since the economy is still sluggish. He’s worried about how he should handle is finances in the meantime. Here’s his question: I recently graduated from college with a degree in electrical engineering.

4 Simple Ways to Focus on the Positive

If you read any personal development advice, you’ll rather quickly come across the idea that it’s important to focus on positive aspects of life.

How to Buy and Restore Vintage Shaving Gear

Editor’s note: Here at AoM, we’re big proponents of bringing back the traditional wet shave by learning how to shave like your grandpa (with a safety razor) or even like your great-grandpa (with a straight razor).

The Challenge of Couponing

I’ve long been an advocate of using coupons at the grocery store. I often clip coupons for toiletries and household products and, when there are opportunities, for some food items like organic milk (I had a great coupon for this a while back).

Poll: Where Are You Finding Clients?

The last survey was quite fun, and seemed to generate some great discussion and results. This time, I’d like to suggest that we share where the majority of our clients are coming from.  If you have any tips or tricks on ways that you convert  a prospective client into a paying client – we’d love to hear that in the comments. Where are you finding clients?

Talking About Money with Family and Friends

What does a blogger’s spouse do while the blogger is out of town? Hang out with other bloggers and their spouses, of course! While Chris Guillebeau was off playing with the tigers in Thailand, his wife Jolie spent some time with Kris and me. Last Friday morning, we picked peaches (and then Kris and Jolie canned them).

Assorted links for August 19, 2010

Interesting articles on the subject of simple living: Kevin Rose gives advice for how to manage your e-mail account when you receive more than 1,000 messages a day. “Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?” from The 99 Percent The New York Times blogs about Comedian Lewis Black’s protest of Eat, Pray, Love merchandising. Want more time in your day?

"I'm Much Happier If I Can Achive a Flow State for Part of Each Day. But This Requires Shutting Off My Email."

Happiness interview: Paul Bloom. I recently read Paul Bloom's new book, How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. It's an absolutely fascinating look at pleasure and why we feel it. The relationship between pleasure and happiness -- what it ought to be, and what it actually is -- is one of the most complex issues within the larger subject of happiness.

Silver laptop stand

Materials: Some elements of an old computer desk from IKEA, 2 screws, 2 nuts, 1 drill and some bits, 1 cutter, 1 saw and some necklaces wiring Description: I made this laptop stand with some elements of a computer desk which is sold over the past few years (picture is not mine).

Why Innovation Thrives at the Mayo Clinic

Can hospitals offer the best models in innovation? In the case of the Mayo Clinic, yes.