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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 - 18 answers [108 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 - 50 answers [98 favorites (94 in the past 7 days)]

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 - 43 answers [76 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 [75 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 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 - 29 answers [60 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 - 43 answers [58 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 [52 favorites]

My 2 and half year-old takes a snack to pre-k every day. I would like to start to make his snacks, in the form of nutritious muffins or breads or brownie-like things into which I can integrate some fruit or vegetables. Help me out with some recipes? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade to Food & Drink at 2:05 PM on Aug 27, 2014 - 25 answers [48 favorites]

Okay, so you feel like absolute crapola for some reason. You have a deadline and need to work. What are your personal best practices? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California to Work & Money at 12:10 PM on Aug 25, 2014 - 19 answers [46 favorites]

I was really surprised by how much I liked the parts about Catholicism in the Mongoliad series. What other fiction is there involving the medieval Church's corruption, orders of knights (or monks or whatever) who are heretics or pagans who've drawn a thin veneer of Catholicism over themselves, gnosticism and mysticism, characters who may be god-touched, mad, or both and the people who have to keep them out of trouble? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:52 AM on Aug 26, 2014 - 27 answers [44 favorites]

I've only heard the song twice in my life. The second time I managed to slam a cassette tape into a tape recorder, capturing the 2nd half of the song. That was thirty years ago. Haven't figured it out since. [more inside]
posted by Hanzo to Media & Arts at 7:34 PM on Aug 27, 2014 - 9 answers [43 favorites]

I've found that regular exercise, walks, healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and therapy seem to help get me back to normal, but I'm looking for more concrete actions I can take to be proactive with my mental health, particularly when I'm feeling sad already. Do you have a standard depression-treating routine? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns to Health at 1:26 PM on Aug 26, 2014 - 19 answers [42 favorites]

I regularly come across people who, in the course of conversation, make a comment that reinforces a stereotype about poor people -- for example, that poor people are just out to "game the system," or they're lazy, or they mustn't really be poor because they have a nice cell phone. How can I challenge their stereotypes in a way that is succinct and not unduly confrontational? [more inside]
posted by southern_sky to Human Relations at 8:41 PM on Aug 24, 2014 - 23 answers [41 favorites]

I previously asked for webcomic recommendations. Now I'm back, I've run out of things to read, and I want more. [more inside]
posted by bunderful to Media & Arts at 5:34 PM on Aug 26, 2014 - 8 answers [35 favorites]

I want to learn to draw. I'm middle aged with little (but some) time on his hands, and I want to learn to draw. I've started going to a local art circle, and this has demonstrations and live drawing, and that's great. However - I'm also looking for online drawing courses to give me a grounding in basic techniques and to force me to practice. I don't mind paying if it's worth it. Any recommendations for online courses I can take; websites I can go to and books I can read.
posted by zoo to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:39 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 7 answers [35 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 - 18 answers [33 favorites]

Three of my favorite songs share a similar sort of vibe, a vibe that I tend to think of as sort of tango-like, but with a sort of snarling, sinister edge. I'd like to find more stuff like this so that I could make a mix tape in this vein. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown to Media & Arts at 4:57 PM on Aug 29, 2014 - 13 answers [30 favorites]

I’ve noticed that wearing workout clothing/gear that makes me feel good, tough, and strong, can actually give me a little extra mental confidence to make me better, tougher, and stronger in my workouts. What kinds of workout clothing and accessories make you feel badass? [more inside]
posted by raztaj to Health at 9:15 AM on Aug 27, 2014 - 19 answers [29 favorites]

So I'm trying to find examples of cultures/peoples/ethnicities/religions that are significantly dissimilar to the main city/culture/groups that surround them. Like finding a group of Amish people in Detroit. Or the one someone gave me of the significant Hasidic population in the scantily clad nightlife world of South Beach. What other current examples are there in the USA and Canada of unexpected groups in unexpected places?
posted by rileyray3000 to Society & Culture at 1:07 PM on Aug 25, 2014 - 45 answers [28 favorites]

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