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By Colin Beavan

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: Which Do You Need?

Image courtesy of The Huffington Post You know what it’s like to feel unmotivated. You sit and stare at your to-do list, and nothing on it inspires you at all. It’s just a string of tasks that you wish you didn’t have to do. Simply getting started seems to take an unfathomable amount of effort. Yet, you don’t always feel that way. You know what motivation feels like, too.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Make Sure Your Haiti Donation goes to Quake Aid

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Ask Unclutterer: Coat control

Reader Stacy submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I live in Brooklyn on the top floor of a Brownstone and have NO coat closet, which is killing me this winter because our coats just end up all over the kitchen table. Do you have any ideas/suggestions for coat/hat/gloves/boot storage for a small apartment? Also, I’m broke.

How Cleaning Your Wallet Benefits You Financially

By Xin Lu It is not quite time for spring cleaning, but if you are a slightly disorganized person like me you may benefit financially by cleaning your wallet or purse. Use Unspent Gift Cards My husband was the first to clean his wallet since his wallet was getting extremely thick from the myriad of cards and receipts he keeps.

Make the Positive Argument.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Happiness Is...a Great Visit in Boston.

I had such a great time on my trip to Boston. For all of you who came to the reading at the Brookline Booksmith -- thanks for coming! -- especially if you had to stand on the stairs or sit on the floor. And I'm so sorry the store didn't have room for everyone. We weren't expecting such a great turn-out!

Workspace of the Week: Pulled together

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Cleland08’s home workspace: I like Cleland08’s office because it was inexpensive to create (if you go to the Flickr original you can mouse over the image to read all the objects’ histories) and it fully suits her needs. To create something great, you don’t always have to drop a lot of money to do it.

“The Thought of Starting This Project Overwhelms Me”

Right now, my office is a mess. There’s a huge pile of things waiting to be filed. There are a few stacks of books that need to be sent out for PaperBackSwap. I have several pieces of correspondence that need addressing. The closet is overstuffed with all sorts of different things. The floor has a large number of boxes that need breaking down and storing (or disposing).

Ikea rockets and Christmas trees

evojsn tips me on this Christmas tree rocket launcher featured on BoingBoing. It looks like the 32 rockets are mounted to a Lack coffee table. Woohoo! Pay attention 31 secs into the video. Do you think it's a Lack? Even if it isn't, it's totally hysterical.

10 Reasons Why Your Last Collaboration Did Not Work

Whether you are fresh out of design school or a professional with twenty years of experience you have collaborated. And if you are anything like me, half of those endeavors failed miserably. The good ones produce the best work of your career, and the bad ones…oh, the bad ones. The bad ones make you age horribly, keep you up at night, and question your profession.

Must You Suffer To Be Great?

“Despite popular conviction, a writer needn’t wear black, be unshaven, sickly and parade around New York’s East Village spewing aphorisms and scaring children” ~Noah Lukeman There’s a scene in the 1986 movie Crossroads where a young Eugene Martone, aka Lightning Boy is wandering the deep South, trying to learn how to play the blues from aged bluesman, Willie Brown.

The Art of the Potluck

This is a guest post from my wife. Today’s my deadline for turning in the manuscript for Your Money: The Missing Manual (which has an official cover now!). I still have to finish the retirement chapter, so I’m hunkered down in the word mines.

Super Easy Ways To Filter Info and Declutter Your Mind

Let's face it, whoever said technology was going to make our life any easier was lying! From where I stand, I see we are busier than ever trying to keep up-to-date with our email inbox, our twitter pages, our Facebook accounts, our offline friends and least not forget our family.Quite frankly, our minds are cluttered beyond recognition.

Lessons in Manliness: Chuck Yeager

“In this fraternity…the world was divided into those that had it and those who did not. This quality, this it, was never named, however, nor was it talked about in any way. As to just what this ineffable quality was…well, it obviously involved bravery. But it was not bravery in the simple sense of being willing to risk your life.


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