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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

How to Build a Successful “Shopping Hierarchy”

Last month, I wrote a popular article for U.S. News and World Report about “shopping hierarchies.” Here’s how I defined “shopping hierarchy” in that article: However, there’s stronger strategy you can apply that affects the price of almost everything you buy. I call it the “shopping hierarchy” strategy.

How to Find a Career That Fits Your Working Style

Finding the right career isn't just about your skills and capabilities: it's also about getting a fit between your personal working style and the role that you're in.

Breaking the stress spending cycle

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Lately, life has been a little hectic. I have a full schedule of work. I’m trying to plan a surprise party. I’m working on three different passion projects. My laundry needs to be washed. Hell, I need to be washed. It’s noon and I haven’t even showered.

How I Work: The FAQ

There’s a series on Lifehacker that I really enjoy called “How I Work.” The folks at LH interview writers, programmers, CEOs, and a variety of creative types about the apps, gear, and rituals they use to stay productive and get things done. A common question I get from readers is exactly this: how do I personally work and stay productive?

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of First Steps.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative.

Black garlic cupboard from IKEA Besta

Decided that I wanted to try my hand at making black garlic… and since stuffing my oven with garlic and leaving it there for over a month seems a tad excessive, I had to look for other options, and this heated cupboard / incubator was the solution I came up with.

WDS 2014: First Photos Now Online

We had a fantastic time at the fourth-annual World Domination Summit (WDS)!

BESTA wall cabinets mod to sideboard

Materials: BESTA wall hanging units Purchased 2 of the Besta wall hanging units to make a side board. Added hand turned legs all 2 PAK sprayed gloss white to match high gloss doors.

The End of the Day Philosophy

‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’ ~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between reading social media and news articles, or writing, I know what the an

The Number One Reason You Are Attractive

  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this from friends, family, friends of friends, and the general public (yes, I am listening in). Something along the lines of, “I just don’t understand why (person they are interested in) doesn’t like me. I am pretty good looking, successful, and kind.

Becoming Selective

Back in Mozart’s day, music was a rare thing. If you had an opportunity to hear good music, it was a special treat and something you’d definitely want to take advantage of. Now days, music can be found everywhere. People listen to it while working, while driving, while exercising. Music can put you to sleep at night and wake you up in the morning.

Malm Nightstand morphs into mobile projector station

Materials: Brada laptop stand (black), Grundtal hanging shelf, LANSA handles, Malm nightstand (black-brown), Rill casters We needed a way to use a projector, attached to a computer, for presentation purposes. It also had to be easy to transport, on wheels and have storage for all the related equipment.

Organizing a shed, garage, or basement

Few things seem to collect clutter like a garage, basement, or backyard shed. Since their contents are typically out of sight, it’s easy to stuff something in there and forget about it.

The Emotional Cycle of Change

As many of you know, I had a bit of a financial epiphany in April 2006. I came home from work one day, picked up the mail, and sat down to pay our bills, only to realize that we didn’t have enough in our checking account to pay all of those bills.

New, little big deals. Is this the week you do what you’ve been scared of?

My friend Robindra promised he’d show me some DJ ropes (because I wanna spin and mix and stuff when I grow up). He got a gig in North Van and said I could tag along for the night.