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How do I become an organized, routine-driven, goal-achieving adult?

Were you an unfocused, chronically late, procrastinating, disorganized adult who become someone with diligence, persistence, and the ability to set and succeed at long-term goals? I can form schedules, organizational systems, and have lofty long-term goals, but fail at implementation. I am the kid who eats the marshmallow before the researcher leaves the room. Have you been me, and become someone else? What were your strategies for change? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse to Grab Bag at 12:39 PM on Aug 7, 2015 - 29 answers [194 favorites]

Online shopping sites that provide unique/quality items?

Please keep in mind that I don't mean random novelty items like the ones in ThinkGeek or any shop in Etsy, but websites that provide quality stuff in any of the following categories: home/decor/kitchen, stationery, clothes, accessories, beauty/skincare. [more inside]
posted by SkinsOfCoconut to Shopping at 12:09 AM on Aug 18, 2015 - 17 answers [184 favorites]

Oldies that don't feel like homework viewing

Many classic movies are famous and important without being very entertaining to contemporary viewers. But others feel surprisingly fresh, in the sense that they still hold up as entertainment: funny qua comedy (rather than funny-for-their-time), or scary qua horror (rather than scary-to-1950s-audiences). I'm looking for recommendations of old films that you think have aged particularly well. Which oldies successfully make you laugh/scream/cry/think on their own terms, without you having to put yourself in the shoes of bygone audiences? [more inside]
posted by Beardman to Media & Arts at 10:43 AM on Aug 17, 2015 - 99 answers [165 favorites]

Let's do...everything!

What are the coolest experiences (packaged or otherwise) out there? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy to Grab Bag at 12:46 PM on Aug 18, 2015 - 35 answers [140 favorites]

This One Weird Trick...Marriage Edition

I'm getting married this Sunday to a wonderful person. We've been together 5 years and have lived together for two of those years. We are both in our 30s. I'm interested in your "tricks" for a fulfilling and healthy marriage. [more inside]
posted by CMcG to Human Relations at 6:38 AM on Aug 31, 2015 - 42 answers [132 favorites]

Give me books or give me death!

Here's yet another "What should I read next?" for you: My favorite kind of book could be called Women Who Get Shit Done. Female main characters who have a mission and use their brains/cunning/dumb luck to get it done. Bonus points for books with a historical or fantasy bend. [more inside]
posted by peasandcarrots to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:56 AM on Aug 15, 2015 - 67 answers [115 favorites]

List of likes

I recently wrote a list of the foods I like and it was liberating. What other topics can I make lists of likes about? Mundane to the metaphysical, all are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Thella to Human Relations at 7:35 PM on Aug 18, 2015 - 36 answers [105 favorites]

Mefites, what does your healthy yet simple diet look like?

I'd like to get some tips for changing my diet to something that's based around a handful of core healthy ingredients, if possible. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 to Health at 6:15 PM on Aug 24, 2015 - 24 answers [92 favorites]

Books Like Helter Skelter and Going Clear

Pretty self-explanatory, but I'll go into a bit more detail under the cut. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate to Media & Arts at 9:33 PM on Aug 25, 2015 - 42 answers [86 favorites]

How can I help my boys grow up to be healthier happier feminist men?

Inspired by the EL thread and the askme on it after following this moving thread about male socialization, what can I do as a parent (specifically a mother) do to help my sons grow up to be happier and healthier feminist men in a toxic patriarchy? What resources and strategies can I add to my parenting toolbox?
posted by dorothyisunderwood to Human Relations at 9:45 PM on Aug 19, 2015 - 30 answers [84 favorites]

Purgatory's kind of like the in betweeny one.

Give me your recommendations for creeping, meandering, dream-like movies! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Media & Arts at 7:27 AM on Aug 11, 2015 - 96 answers [79 favorites]

I want to watch all the spy movies. Which ones should I watch?

Any recommendations for espionage movies? I somehow let a decade and a half go by relatively movie-less. I do have Netflix, but please don't limit your recommendations if Netflix doesn't have it. Classics are fine, too. Thanks so much!
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah to Media & Arts at 7:16 PM on Aug 25, 2015 - 68 answers [74 favorites]

Rewarding Leisure

I want to spend my evenings/weekends making, rather than consuming. Help me plan to do that. I’m looking for examples of activity that is creative, enjoyable and of some value to others. [more inside]
posted by ferdydurke to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:13 AM on Aug 9, 2015 - 30 answers [71 favorites]

real things that young kids love (that are not actually toys)

My 18 month old nephew LOVES "real things" that are not toys. For older kids in my life, I LOVE buying them things like rock tumblers, microscopes, binoculars, swiss army knives (when they're old enough and with parental permission), digital cameras, or things to support their hobbies (like nice fins for snorkeling). We send them money from foreign countries just for fun (various small bills and lots of coins) and rocks and seashells. I've also had great luck with kids magazines and non-kid magazines (like Science, or National Geographic). I'm also rather good at getting experiences for kids and older teens - museum passes, or concert tickets, or a special fun restaurant where they sing, etc. But I've realized that I'd love to buy the younger set more "real things" because they seem to love them so much more than actual toys! This is roughly for ages 1-5. Would love some additional help of "real things" that toddlers and preschool kids like! [more inside]
posted by barnone to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:30 AM on Aug 30, 2015 - 59 answers [65 favorites]

Ideas for no-cook meals besides sandwiches?

I'm on a lazy/convenient no-cooking kick and have been eating just sandwiches with deli meats and sliced veggies, and fruit. Assume you could not use the stove/oven nor have any other kitchen equipment (no blenders, microwave, etc, but just a knife, can opener). What are some meal ideas besides sandwiches? I'm not looking for snack ideas like nuts, crackers, etc. but actual meals. I am a meat-eater if that makes a difference and prefer to avoid a whole lot of canned foods because of BPA. (also a tofu eater)
posted by atinna to Food & Drink at 9:54 PM on Sep 1, 2015 - 25 answers [65 favorites]

Seeking heartwarming, non-upsetting books

I'm pregnant, and with the hormones, I am in the mood for warm-and-fuzzy books. I can't handle my normal murder mysteries. I'm especially drawn to books about families, people settling in to new communities and coming to feel at home, people creating a home for others, and that sort of thing. Books and audiobooks would be great. [more inside]
posted by slidell to Media & Arts at 10:49 PM on Aug 22, 2015 - 58 answers [64 favorites]

What "lifetime" subscriptions or memberships do you recommend?

Do you know of a "lifetime" subscription or membership or purchase that you recommend or that seems interesting or a good deal? (An opportunity to pay once and reap ongoing benefits/dividends indefinitely.) In this modern era of low job security, I think I'd like knowing I'll always have a few Nice Things (or simply just reliable things) regardless of what financial turbulence the future may bring, so I'm curious what might be out there along those lines. [more inside]
posted by anonymisc to Shopping at 11:48 AM on Aug 19, 2015 - 25 answers [63 favorites]

Hit me with your favorite recipe sites!

The title says it all. I've been getting bored with the stuff I've been cooking, and I'm just looking for some inspiration. I like recipes that are Asian or Asian-inspired, because I don't have a lot of time on weekdays and love doing quick, flavorful stir-frys, for example. But I'm open to other kinds of food as well, as long as it doesn't take 2 hours to make. So just wondering if anyone's got some recipe sites they love and regularly use. Thanks!
posted by madonna of the unloved to Food & Drink at 10:44 PM on Aug 6, 2015 - 22 answers [60 favorites]

How can I make beautiful Powerpoint Slides like this?

How can I make beautiful Powerpoint slides like those in this example presentation, titled "Steal this Presentation"? I can't download the presentation as a powerpoint file, only as a pdf. I have no graphic design skills, so I was hoping to find a template or powerpoint file somewhere, so I can just borrow the fonts, layouts, etc. Thank you for any help or example presentations you can link me to!
posted by surenoproblem to Computers & Internet at 4:53 AM on Aug 25, 2015 - 21 answers [60 favorites]

Can I just buy 12 dresses and call it a day?

I'm going to need a "business casual" wardrobe for the first time in my life, but I have no idea how to go about that because I am a short overweight woman whose weight is very changing and I have a desire to look stylish and interesting, not boring and frumpy. Is just filling my closet with dresses a thing I can do? How many dresses would I need? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:59 AM on Aug 18, 2015 - 62 answers [59 favorites]

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