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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

4 Science-Backed Ways To Have More Willpower

Self-control researcher Roy Baumeister led a groundbreaking study in 1996. People were led into a room which smelled of just-baked chocolate chip cookies. Then, cookies and chocolates were brought out for them to see. And finally, some participants were given two cookies to eat, but not all of them. One group of people was given raw radishes to eat instead!

The 10 Commandments of Clean Communication

Loving relationships are the most important factor in a man’s happiness, success, and ability to live a fully flourishing life. And one of the most important factors in creating and sustaining these warm, intimate relationships is communication. Unfortunately, how to communicate with one’s significant other in a healthy, positive way is something rarely taught to either men or women.

Are You a “People-Pleaser?” What Do You Feel Obliged To Do?

I posted yesterday about “Do you resist when anyone asks or tell you what to do?”, about some questions I had about the Rebel Tendency, as part of the Four Tendencies framework I’ve created. The  Four Tendencies are part of what I discuss in Better Than Before, my book on habit change. A key piece of self-knowledge — which is crucial to habit change — is “What is y

The making of a wall garden

Hi everybody! I’d like to show my first hack, a simple but beautiful wall garden. Materials 6 Socker plant pots (recycled or not) 4 Bestaende cutlery stands 2 Grundtal rails 1 Grundtal hanger 1 old Ikea shelf (I don’t remember the name ) 10 Grundtal s-hook 1 Rotera lamp This was the wall before: just a boring wall. So..let’s start! Take measurements and put the hanger on

The Heartbreaking Cruelty of Comparing Yourself to Others

By Leo Babauta We all do it: we look at what others are doing and wish we were doing that too. Or, alternatively, we scoff at what they’re doing and judge them, and see ourselves as better. One makes us feel bad, the other makes us feel superior. Neither makes us happy. Let’s take a couple of quick examples. Example 1: Looking at Instagram I’m not an Instagram user, but family me

Work Light for lathe or other bench tools

Materials: JANSJÖ I needed a small work light for my hobby lathe. Most of the work lights I found were extremely overpriced, used halogen lights that burn my fingers, and are way two bright for a small workspace, so I turned to IKEA. I found the JANSJÖ Desk lamp would be a perfect hack. The lamp comes disassembled so I simply tossed the lamp base and used the lamp arm.

Unitasker Wednesday: BootSwag

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! ARB is a chain of stores in Australia that makes accessories specifically for 4X4 trucks. As opposed to most 4X4 owners in the US, it appears 4X4 owners in Australia occasionally take theirs off road.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2012 Organizing (and practical) principles that help keep clutter at bay Looking for practical ways to keep your space organized?

Eight Strategies for Buying Clothes Without Destroying Your Budget

At our house, I’m the lucky one. I work from home so it doesn’t really matter too much what I wear most days, so I dress for comfort. Almost every day, you’ll find me in blue jeans and a t-shirt. I have some nicer clothes for social occasions and presentations, but those mostly just stay in the closet and are rarely worn. The rest of my family… is a different story.

Hackers Help: Top for BRIMNES kitchen island

Photo: IKEA.com I have a relatively narrow but long kitchen, and I wanted to hack a BRIMNES in order to create a kitchen island.

These Are Τhe 10 Amazing TED Talks You Need Τo Watch

When it comes to acquiring knowledge, there is only one place on the Internet nowadays, every successful person would suggest without hesitation – TED talks. TED talks are the epitome of knowledge.

Teeny Tiny Little Shelf for Electric Toothbrush

Materials: BJÄRNUM Folding hook I repurposed the Bjarnum Folding Hook to use it as a little tiny shelf for my electric toothbrush to get it off the countertop and get it closer to the outlet. I had the Folding Hook on hand, but you could also use the regular Bjarnum Hook. I hung it, put velcro on the shelf part, put velcro on the bottom of the toothbrush charger, and voila!

The link between consumerism, entitlement and ego

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Earlier this year, I started volunteering at my local library for a couple of hours a week. I’m a big fan of libraries, and I wanted to find a way to give back. And for some odd reason, I felt compelled to do something good. I couldn’t really pinpoint why, so I chalked it up to getting older.

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20 Ways to Starting Loving Yourself! 


You are magnificent! There is no other person on earth like you. You are unique, one-of-a-kind! Are you thinking? “Who is she kidding? I’m just normal. No one special! Just like everyone else.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Your life experiences up to this point are like no other person’s.