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By Mark Shead

7 Powerful Tips To Supercharge Your Goals

You can take a masters degree at a leading university and never receive a single hour of instruction on goal setting and goal achieving. Fortunately, setting a goal is a skill. – Brian Tracy How are you doing with your current goals? What? You don’t have a list of specific goals?

An A-Z of Mental Wellbeing

Keeping our minds well deserves as much attention as keeping our bodies healthy and strong. Use the A-Z below to investigate where your mental wellbeing could use a little boost (or perhaps a decent workout). A – Acceptance. When we are in pain (physically or emotionally), our natural reaction is to resist, to struggle, to fight against what feels unfair or unmanageable.

Revealed! Book Club Choices for October. Such Great Books.

Pardon this moment of book self-promotion: Did I happen to mention that I can now reveal the jacket of the paperback for Better Than Before? Oh right, maybe I did.

Save Time and Money With Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

I love me a good breakfast burrito. They’re great for when you’re on the go, and if you’re generous with the stuffing, they can really fill you up. But if you’re like most busy American men, you just don’t have time to whip up a breakfast burrito in the mornings.

Put Up ‘Yer Dukes! The 2015 Art of Manliness Pose Contest

A few years ago we did a fun contest where guys submitted pictures of themselves striking the famous symbol by which the Art of Manliness has come to be known: John L. Sullivan’s bareknuckled pugilist pose. The contest was a ton of fun, and we thought it was high time we do it again. Show Off Your Art of Manliness Pride: The AoM Pose Contest Are you an Art of Manliness man?

IKEA SEKTION Hack: Platform Bed DIY

This video shows you how to turn seven standard SEKTION kitchen cabinets from IKEA into a platform bed with storage underneath.

Organizing for traffic jams

I live in a small coastal city with only a couple two-lane roads leading into town. On a nice weekend day, traffic on those roads can get very heavy as people head to and from the beach (or the pumpkin farms, in October). And sadly, both of those roads are somewhat twisty and prone to frequent accidents.

Only Floss the Teeth You Want to Keep

That’s what dentists tell you. You don’t need to floss all your teeth—just the ones you need to keep. When it comes to your business, your life, or your relationships, a similar principle applies. You don’t have to pay attention to everything and everyone. But you do have to pay attention to what matters most. It may help to identify some priorities.

Five Useful Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping….it can be the bane of our existence at times. We want to make healthy food choices and buy what is best for us and our family, but we want to keep our total bill to a manageable level. Sometimes the balancing act between good for you and good for the pocketbook can be a battle.

Bekväm Chair project

It was an imposed project during my first year in design school. To re-interpret the Bekväm, create something new.. but we should still be able to recognise the Bekväm, by his shapes, edges, wood, texture.. So I decided to elevate it, and switch the footrest to seat, delete the seat. By deleting the seat, I could use the parts as armrests, so I swapped them for more comfort.

Money mistakes to avoid in your 40s

This article is by staff writer Suba Iyer. With age comes wisdom, so they say — but it also comes with more complicated lifestyles. By the time we reach our 40s, we expect to be savvy, certainly capable of making good financial decisions, and generally well on our way to reaching our goals. But from what I can see, it’s often not the case.

How to Interrupt

In a recent conversation with a new client I told him that, after speaking with his stakeholders, I learned that 1) they value him tremendously and 2) he has some work to do in the area of listening. He's a brilliant person whose brain works incredibly fast.

Lessons from the Sioux in How to Turn a Boy Into a Man

  “The Indian, in his simple philosophy, was careful to avoid a centralized population, wherein lies civilization’s devil. He would not be forced to accept materialism as the basic principle of his life, but preferred to reduce existence to its simplest terms.

7 Simple Techniques to Unleash Creativity

If you are prone to creative work, you know that inspiration hits you naturally. Sometimes you fall into a dark spot, so you think that waiting is the best solution. It’s not!

Podcast 32: Why Elizabeth and I Raise the Bar, the Surprising Downside of Teasing–and Please Comment on Four Tendencies.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: I talk about Barnaby, our new dog!