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By Glen Stansberry

Ask Unclutterer: Clutter at a new office

A reader submitted this question to Ask Unclutterer describing a concern at work: I recently began a new job. My boss has been with this organization since the mid-1980s, and there is still paper lingering around from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. She is hesitant to discard anything.

Easy Full Height Bunk Bed Stairs

Materials: TROFAST, STUVA, 1×2 pine boards, random hardware/scrap wood, standard height bunk bed set Description: We bought this bunk bed set a while back, but haven’t yet been regularly using the top bunk. It is now time for our oldest to move into the top, but she is not ready for a ladder and needs stairs instead.

The Theory of Scarcity and How It Can Change Your Life

There is a theory in economics called the theory of scarcity which basically discusses that there is limited availability of certain resources at any point in time. This basically dictates that due to the limited resource, it also means a limited number of goods can be created. This theory of scarcity exists for our lives as well.

Ask the Readers: How do you motivate yourself when you feel like giving up?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Honey Smith’s article about achieving your long-term financial goals got me thinking. It’s one thing to tackle big, long-term goals if you are healthy and employed. But hopefully you have to imagine how difficult it is to stay on track to reach them if you aren’t. What if the bottom has dropped out in your world?

Why Every Man Needs a Challenge

“Dempsey and Firpo” by George Bellows, 1924. This painting hangs above my desk. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from author and Navy SEAL Eric Greitens. My boxing coach Earl used to say, “You can’t get better fighting someone who’s worse than you.” That was cold comfort after my training partner, Derrick, had cracked me in the mouth with a jab.

3 questions everyone on a team should answer.

Job descriptions have their function — they’re better when you put a human touch on them. Here’s an exercise #TeamDanielle now runs through, thanks to Steph, our head of People Potential. Each person tells the team, in plain language: 1. What I am in charge of is… 2. What I do every day is… 3.

Podcast #106: Photographing War and Conflict with Robert Nickelsberg

Robert Nickelsberg was a contract photographer for TIME magazine for 25 years. During that time he documented conflicts in Kashmir, Iraq, Sri Lanka, India, and Afghanistan.

How to Remember Names in 3 Simple Steps

Hi Johnny.  Or was it James? Or Hector? Maybe your name was Samantha. How many times does this happen to you? You meet someone for the first time, shake hands, exchange names, and a few minutes later, you have completely forgotten what their name was.

IKEA MAGNARP lamp gets a glam makeover

The MAGNARP lamp has to be one of IKEA’s best bargains. For $12, you get a decent quality, compact table lamp which includes both the base as well as a simple paper shade.

KVARTAL rails for ugly AC cover-up

To cover up the hideous built in AC unit in my living room wall I installed a KVARTAL panel bracket system. I mounted the KVARTAL wall hardware and single track rail above the unit. I ordered a large poster print, to be used as the “panel” with the KVARTAL top and bottom rail, and mounted it to the single track rail. Now, whenever the AC isn’t in use I can slide the poster in front of

The Anti-Bucket List

By Leo Babauta Have you ever made a bucket list? For me, they’re incredibly seductive — I love reading other people’s bucket lists, and making my own. But here’s what happens when you make a bucket list: You put this huge burden on yourself to get the list accomplished.

FRIHETEN sofabed/couch Hack – Add bass to your couch for ultimate movie experience!

I live in a tiny studio apartment in NYC and brought a large subwoofer with me. I was able to hide it well with my previous IKEA hack. However, its hard to get much use out of it due to the amount of bass it produces (aka neighbors don’t like it). I recently went to a movie in NYC with AMC’s new Prime experience.

How to Decide What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Any of It!?

Every day, I start my work day by looking at the list of things I planned to do that day. Most times, I’m pretty much on track with meeting goals and deadlines but there days when I look at my list and …nothing… I’m not motivated to do anything I scheduled to do! I used to hate when this happened because I would waste a lot time doing nothing or I would half-ass the tasks.

Oregon Woman Learns to Speak Six Languages Fluently

This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) The six official languages of the United Nations are considered the most geopolitically important languages in the world—not to mention that native speakers of those tongues represent about a third of the global population.

How to achieve long-term financial goals

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. In my last post, I talked about how personal finance is about playing the long game and “making choices that are harder in the short term for the good of the long term.” But when the payoff is so many years down the road, it can be difficult to stay on track.