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By Jay White

Do You Read Enough?

Imagine you are interviewing someone for a job and one of the questions you are going to ask them is “How much time do you spend reading and what do you read?”  Now imagine the answer you get back exactly describes your own reading habits.  What would your opinion be of the person you are interviewing based solely on that answer? In other words, are you impressed with your own read

Overcoming a Rough Week

Photo by Carlos Yepez (flickr stream). By Ralph Jean-Paul We all have bad days, but have you ever had one of those weeks when it seems everything is going wrong? Monday, your alarm didn’t ring and you were late for work. Tuesday, your car broke down. Wednesday you lost your credit card.

Unitasker Wednesday: Rotato Potato Peeler

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 May wrap upThe events that made May 2008 an incredible month at Unclutterer.com. We’re downsizing our apartment!Teri and her husband have decided to follow Matt’s advice and downsize to a smaller home. Baby toy alternatives (part 2)While my daughter grows, she’s now two years old, and her taste in toys changes by the day I figured I would update the list that I posted last

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Open Forum Edition

Recently, I’ve started contributing a weekly article about saving money on small business expenses to OpenForum, a site that covers a wide variety of small business topics. I’m also hosting those articles here on The Simple Dollar in its own “small business” section.

Travel Hacking: Smart Ways to See the World

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about financial goals. Now that I’m out of debt and have built an emergency fund, I’ve actually decided that maybe I should set a budget. And one of the things I want to budget for is travel. Until recently, I hadn’t traveled much. I grew up in and and around Portland, and that’s where I tended to spend my vacations.

Freelancing in a Niche: 5 Ways to Market Your Services

Working with a specific niche can make a lot of sense for a freelancer. If a web designer gets a reputation for designing the best real estate websites in town, real estate agents may seek him out, rather than the other way around. It can be a little harder to get started in a niche than just focusing on getting as many clients as possible of any kind.

12 Tricks Your Brain is Playing on You

Is your mind playing tricks on you and robbing you of your happiness?Our minds are complex and are often our own worst enemies when it comes to being happy. Really. Our own brains that we know and love deceive us into thinking something is right when it is really wrong, that we're in love when we're not, etc.

Bat hacking

This is a cute one from Scirius. He bought a toy bat from Ikea. Only problem was, it couldn't close its wings. He says, "I wanted it to close its wings and I also wanted to hang it like I showed in my blog here. It's kind of stupid but Ikea hacking anyway." See instructions here.

Desktop timers help with productivity

One of my favorite productivity strategies is to set a timer and see how much I can get done before a buzzer sounds. I used to keep a timer from my days as a high school debater on my desk. It had a magnet on the back, and I just stuck it to my bulletin board when it wasn’t in use. Then, I dropped my timer and the digital face distorted to only read 88:88.

A great eco-fundraising event in NYC

Hey folks, one of my favorite organizations involved with engaging citizens in making our habitat safe is having a fundraiser.

The Essential Man’s Library: Adventure Edition - Part One - Fiction

Nothing speaks to the heart of man like a good tale of adventure. Whether in the form of a bedtime story read to young boys or a nail biting page turner that keeps you up at night, the adventure story is one genre of literature that stays with you for a lifetime.

30 Days to a Better Man-Day 3: Find a Mentor

A few months ago we wrote about the importance of a mentor in a man’s life. Figuring out what it means to be a man can be tough. And it’s arguably tougher for men today, who are often more socially isolated, don’t have as many friends, and don’t have strong relationships with their fathers and other male relatives.

9 Ways to Twitter Your Personal Development

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Alex Fayle of Someday Syndrome. A quick Google search produces what feels like a million and one guides explaining what Twitter is and how to use it. Leo has several great guides himself here on Zen Habits.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #1 - Credit Card Debt

Well, here it is, finally - The Simple Dollar Podcast. This will be a weekly endeavor - I hope you enjoy it! The first episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on credit card debt. I tell my own story of escaping from a pile of credit cards and relate some very specific advice on how to extract yourself from such debt.