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By Leo Babauta

Enclosed Lack entertainment center

Materials: LACK Coffee table Description: Turning the Lack coffee table, into an enclosed entertainment stand. before 1. Measured to make the Lack coffee table flush with bookshelf. 2. Measured bottom shelf to fit flush with the legs. 3. Measured composite pieces to surround TV. 4. Primed. 5. Cut. 6. Assemble. 7. Paint! 8. Put everything back on it!

Day 34: WOW – What An Easy Way To Feel Better And Look Younger!

Are people telling you that you look tired, run-down, or you’re aging like a President in the White House? Or maybe nobody has noticed yet, but you have.

Stop Worshipping Emotions

Warning: this post may irritate you into thinking. I will say this short and sweet: Emotions are not God. Stop listening to them like they are. Your emotions, and visceral bodily feelings are not designed to carry the burden of proof you put upon them. Yes, you!

Nature-inspired Enje roller blind

Materials: Enje roller blind, hacksaw, scissors, acrylic paint Description: Washroom windows are always a challenge. We wanted some privacy, of course, but I love natural light and did not want to cover up the window with opaque curtains or blinds. So we bought a white IKEA Enje roller blind. Enje roller blinds are great because they provide privacy but still let in a ton of light.

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Forty Thousand Feet: Vision

This is the sixteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. “What would long term success look, sound, and feel like?” Again, Allen opens the chapter with a provocative question.

2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Black Friday $89 Kindle 2 deal

In our 2008 Gift Giving Guide, we recommended Amazon’s Kindle as the ultimate holiday gift. Today, Amazon will be selling some remaining inventory of their previous generation Kindle for only $89 as part of their Black Friday promotion.

Freelancer’s Guide to Coffee – Part 2: The French Press

photo credit: 96dpi on flickr Hopefully the first part of our coffee guide got you thinking about the benefits of brewing your own cup of coffee.

Alex Credenza

Materials: Alex Drawer Unit (40196241) & AVSIKT Roll-front cabinet (#00158439) Description: I have for a long time wanted to have an old style credenza with modernist influences. I though the Alex file cabinets were very elegant and often overlooked so i wanted to utilize them for this hack.

Patrull air cleaner hack

Materials: Patrull air cleaner, switch Description: For some bizarre reason, the Patrull air cleaner doesn't have an off switch. It's annoying to always have to pull and insert the plug, hence this hack. I cut the cable and added a generic cable switch. Problem solved Note: I'm sure this hack voids your warranty.

From trash to tea table

Materials: Florera candle dish Description: I think this was once an ashtray, but the tray part was missing when some jerk dumped it by the side of the road. Those cherubs looked so irresistibly tacky that I knew I just had to do something with it. I found an 18 inch stainless steel Florera candle dish at half price at Ikea (I think they are discontinued).

Wife-Hunting: How to Marry a Brazilian Model

Photo: Jeremiah Thompson Before hiring one of my assistants, Charlie, I asked him where he wanted to be in 6 and 12 months. I made him define what he wanted to have and what he wanted to do in both timeframes. At the top of the list was a mini-retirement to Thailand or South America. Done and done. Charlie just returned three weeks ago from Buenos Aires.

5 Ways to Balance Freelancing and Holiday Shopping

credit: WTL photos on flickr The holiday season is one of the best times to be a freelancer. Setting your own hours means steering clear of the malls come 5PM – the time when stores become filling with tired cube-dwellers anxious to shrink down their to-do list. But on the flip side, stepping out to shop during the day can snag your productivity.

Thanks To You…

To all of the PickTheBrain readers and contributors around the world (211 countries to be exact!!!), I feel grateful everyday that you choose to come here to find inspiration, to share your thoughts, stories, knowledge and love. Being part of this site is such a wonderful part of my life and thanks to you  I believe it is, at least in small part, a bright spot in many, many daily routines.

“It Is Still a Beautiful World”: Happy Thanksgiving 2010

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and that means a quiet respite from our discussions of money. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; I’m grateful that we set aside a day each year to be remember for the good things we have. As usual, I have much to be thankful for this year. I’m fortunate to have a good life, a fine wife, and four soft and furry cats.