Tip for preventing burnout: collect information in big buckets, not tiny cups

The folks at Evernote have released a whitepaper called Triple Overload and What You Can Do About It. Triple overload is what happens when you combine data overload, communication overload, and cognitive overload. Read the rest

Email considered harmful

Clive Thompson writes about the growing body of evidence about the negative impact of electronic messaging on workplace productivity. Not only has the smartphone extended the working week to something like 75 hours for the US workers in a recent survey, but some daring experiments suggest that when limits are put on electronic messaging (for example, a ban on out-of-hours emailing), that productivity and quality of work soars -- along with the happiness and quality of life of workers (these two phenomena are related). Read the rest

Filtered: free/open IMAP filter

Jeff writes, "Filtered is a new free/open source IMAP mail filtering application which provides automated routing of email based on per sender settings. You can train Filtered via its web UI or by dragging and dropping email to folders in your email account. Read the rest

HOWTO unshrink a garment

Ever shrunk a garment in the dryer? I'm a laundry freak, and a pretty careful one, but I know I've done it (and inevitably, it ends up ruining something my wife's just bought). Read the rest

Better way to eat mandarin oranges

Back in 2010, Jewel Pie illustrated this great method for eating mandarin oranges: slice off the top and bottom, then unroll the fruit into a peel-backed strip of sections. Read the rest

Complete meal cooking with a hotel coffee-maker

Inspired by her nephew's stories of bad food at the mess hall when he was on deployment in Afghanistan, retired photographer Jody Anderson created a recipe-book of meals that could be prepared using a coffee-maker (soldiers were allowed to have coffee-makers in their rooms), and posted some online. Read the rest

Opening a can without any tools

The self-described Crazy Russian Hacker of Youtube demonstrates in eye-watering detail a method for tool-free can opening: just grind down the can's rim on a handy block of concrete, then squeeze. Read the rest

HOWTO make a bathtub-cleaning scrub-bit for your cordless drill

By attaching a lag bolt to a plastic scrubbing brush, you can make a cordless-drill-powered polishing brush for sinks and tubs. Manly Housekeeper's howto make the process look simple, and you can't argue with the sparkling results. Read the rest

Popular Mechanics: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

To celebrate their 110th anniversary, our friends at Popular Mechanics assembled a collection of 110 tips from their archives.

The August 1955 issue told a farsighted person to punch a pinhole in cardboard and peer through it to read small type.

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Unfuck your Habitat: the app

I blogged the site Unfuck Your Habitat, which offers timely, humane, simple advice for people who struggle with mess and disorganization . Today there's "MAKE YOUR BED: excuses are boring" and a brief post on getting sex stains off a comforter, though a more typical bedtime post reads:

Unfuck tomorrow morning

* Wash the dishes in your sink *Get your outfit for tomorrow together, including accessories *Set up coffee/tea/breakfast *Make your lunch *Put your keys somewhere obvious *Wash your face and brush your teeth *Charge your electronics *Pour a little cleaner in the toilet bowl (if you don’t have pets or children or sleepwalking adults) *Set your alarm *Go to bed at a reasonable hour

All of this simple and useful stuff has been packaged into a new Android app that's simple and cute -- good advice, timers for short sprints of cleaning (along with suggestions, room by room, for said sprints), a wall commemorating your achievements, and the same friendly, understanding, compassionate approach to "terrifying motivation for lazy people with messy homes." Read the rest

Video of illustrators drawing in the Hobonichi Techo day planner

In September I wrote about the Hobonichi Techo, a cult-favorite Japanese day planner that will soon be made in an English version. Here's a fun video (with happy music) that shows illustrators drawing in copies of the planner. Read the rest

32 helpful everyday tips

I'm not sure if these 32 tips really work, but I'm going to give them a try. Here are four:

Stop: Stop: Play. Skip advertisements in movies and go straight to the movie. Read the rest

A beloved Japanese day planner goes global

I'd not heard of the Hobonichi Techo day planner until I read this interview with the publisher. An English version is coming out soon and I want one. Read the rest

37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen (1875)

The Art of Manliness has reprinted "37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen" from a 1875 book entitled, A Gentleman’s Guide to Etiquette by Cecil B. Hartley. The rules are still valid! Read the rest

How Edmund Wilson said NO

Update: Here's Mark's first post of this, from 2009

Here's literary critic Edmund Wilson's form-letter for turning down requests from strangers. As Tim Ferriss notes, Wilson wasn't a hermit or antisocial, but he maximized the time he spent socializing with the people he liked by not letting strangers gobble up his time:

Edmund Wilson regrets that it is impossible for him without compensation to:

read manuscripts< contribute to books or periodicals do editorial work judge literary contests deliver lectures address meetings make after-dinner speeches broadcast;

Under any circumstances to:

contribute to or take part in symposiums take part in chain-poems or other collective compositions contribute manuscripts for sales donate copies of his books to libraries autograph books for strangers supply personal information about himself supply photographs of himself allow his name to be used on letter-heads receive unknown persons who have no apparent business with him.

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Minimalist Parenting: Getting Things Done meets childrearing

Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less is a just-published book by Asha Dornfest (of Parenthacks) and Christine Koh. It's a simple, short, entirely sensible guide to escaping social expectations and personal childrearing anxiety. Read the rest