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Has anyone read any good books that have actually helped them get more done on a daily basis? I am procrastinating with many things that I need to do and the procrastination doesn't occur by doing nothing but rather by doing low priority tasks, or thinking, or even reading. If anyone has a system that they have used to be more productive, please share.
posted by nidora to Education at 5:49 AM on Aug 28, 2014 - 29 answers [266 favorites]

After years of maximalism, I want to become more of a minimalist (not extreme living-in-the-woods-money-free, but significantly more minimal than I am now) in the areas of financial spending and personal possessions. I want to declutter my home, pay off my debts as quickly as possible, fatten my savings and be happy living a life with less. What are the best books or blogs on this topic? What are your personal strategies or tips? How do I do this without going crazy?
posted by nightrecordings to Society & Culture at 7:52 PM on Sep 3, 2014 - 28 answers [132 favorites]

I want boring music to listen to. Not even elevator music: hallway music. Dull, faceless corridor music. Cheesy, soothing, soft. Commercial music, the kind of music that men in the 1970s thought would induce people to feel groovy and buy stuff. The music that plays in Animal Crossing while you get your haircut. Ceefax music. Music you'd hear in an old Mad Men episode. Music that just sits there and doopey-doops while I concentrate and get important stuff done.
posted by glhaynes to Grab Bag at 11:20 PM on Aug 23, 2014 - 55 answers [129 favorites]

You are 50 or older and have specific advice you'd give to your 40 year old self based on things you did that worked wonderfully or went so badly you learned a valuable lesson. What advice is this? [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb to Grab Bag at 12:39 PM on Sep 10, 2014 - 32 answers [127 favorites]

Need moar gamez, plz hope! (for Mac or iPad.) I love Myst-type, atmospheric, "wander around beautifully illustrated worlds and solve puzzles" type games, especially with at least a little narrative quality, and want to avoid timed segments (do this within a timed period or fail), explicit / realistic violence (I don't really want to be killing things or wandering around bloody rooms, etc.), or games where advancement hinges on say, physically jumping from one thing to another thing in just the right way, at the right speed, etc. Specifically, I don't want to have to do much or any repetitive clicking/tapping movements, because ouch. [more inside]
posted by taz to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:14 AM on Sep 12, 2014 - 23 answers [123 favorites]

How does an adult develop "grit"? [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish to Grab Bag at 9:21 AM on Aug 31, 2014 - 12 answers [118 favorites]

Because I often need inspiration and a gentle nudge or two, I like to hear what others 'simple pleasures' are in life, this list and this other list being two examples I'm keen on. What simple pleasures do you all enjoy? What makes for a great day, especially one you're spending by yourself?
posted by nightrecordings to Grab Bag at 9:28 AM on Aug 24, 2014 - 29 answers [81 favorites]

I am looking for recommendations for documentaries about true crime cases. [more inside]
posted by bearette to Media & Arts at 7:30 PM on Aug 24, 2014 - 44 answers [79 favorites]

Name a song that unambiguously and sexily says "let's get it on." (omit the obvious answer, please). Is there a song that, if sent to you, would immediately raise your pulse and get you looking forward to delights to come? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow to Human Relations at 2:31 PM on Aug 22, 2014 - 74 answers [75 favorites]

I'm DJ'ing a dance night at a rock club coming up soon that will be attended by 21 year old hipster types. What are some newer (within the last year) awesome dance bangers I can play to impress them? Genre unimportant but I want to avoid anything USA top 40 pop or too techno-y. Bonus points for non American music.
posted by josher71 to Media & Arts at 8:03 AM on Aug 28, 2014 - 32 answers [70 favorites]

Can a natural loner learn to appreciate and enjoy other people more? Being a hermit is getting to be painfully boring. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Human Relations at 2:50 PM on Aug 22, 2014 - 31 answers [65 favorites]

Tell me, how does one give up on a desire that's been there since childhood - to be in a long-term healthy loving domestic relationship? How do you work out how to plan the rest of your life when the only person you're working for is you? [more inside]
posted by b33j to Human Relations at 10:42 PM on Sep 13, 2014 - 35 answers [65 favorites]

I'm looking for personal finance blogs for single people in their 30s. Recommend your favorites! [more inside]
posted by so much modern time to Work & Money at 4:11 PM on Aug 25, 2014 - 8 answers [62 favorites]

I'm struggling today with both. The ADHD makes searching for help a little more difficult than normal. Can you give me (really short) one liner suggestions for making it through? Mostly focusing on being productive, and coping strategies, but also maybe ways to be kind to oneself. [more inside]
posted by b33j to Health at 6:54 PM on Aug 24, 2014 - 44 answers [60 favorites]

Is there a way to ignore how you feel and just get things done regardless of whether you feel like doing it or not? I don't understand why I am having such a hard time doing the things that I used to do? I used to be able to get a lot of things done, and now I find myself resisting almost all the time. Is there a way to just stop paying attention to the fact that you don't feel good or that you are scared or a number of other emotions?
posted by nidora to Health at 10:46 AM on Sep 14, 2014 - 15 answers [59 favorites]

Am I missing a major children's music artist? [more inside]
posted by silsurf to Media & Arts at 3:04 PM on Sep 16, 2014 - 64 answers [59 favorites]

How do I deal with my constant sense of outrage at things happening in the world? It's starting to take a toll on my health and stress levels. [more inside]
posted by naju to Society & Culture at 10:12 PM on Sep 1, 2014 - 35 answers [58 favorites]

On the occasion of recently turning 30 and wanting to arrest my weight gain, I'd like to figure out ways to cook things that are healthier than the stereotypical bachelor chow I've been subsisting on for the last year. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape to Food & Drink at 11:24 AM on Sep 14, 2014 - 17 answers [56 favorites]

I'd like to take more weekend trips outside of NYC. I don't drive. Where should I go, and how should I get there? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz to Travel & Transportation at 10:19 AM on Aug 25, 2014 - 26 answers [55 favorites]

I got one of these for my birthday: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment and would like to actually use it. This is on it's way: Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery But I would like to make something in it this weekend, so hit me with your favorite ice-cream recipe. Obviously, needs to work in the above.
posted by cjorgensen to Food & Drink at 4:43 PM on Aug 30, 2014 - 24 answers [55 favorites]

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