43 Folders

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Merlin’s weekly podcast with Dan Benjamin. We talk about creativity, independence, and making things you love.

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43Folders.com is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.


Park on a downhill slope

Jeffrey Windsor shares a great tip for making it easy to start work in the morning—by always leaving your work at a point where it will be easy, intuitive, and interesting to pick things back up. Instead of grinding away until you're drained and out of enthusiasm, quit while you're on a roll.

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Danny O'Brien: Question on geeks and games

Danny asks: "When you have a regular, mind-crushingly dull task to do, do you have a little game you play with yourself to make it easier? What is it?"

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Guesstimating portions with real-world objects

Typical Portion Control Tips/Guidelines

“Deck of cards, Merlin; deck of cards,” my friend Dennis would always say as we sat down to eat ribeyes the size of kittens.

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Everyday tips from MonkeyFilter

An assload of great (and sometimes asinine) everyday tips.

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Mentat: Wiki on becoming a better thinker

Cool wiki full of memory tricks, mnemonic systems, and other mental parlor tricks.

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iTunes customization; Back-channel artist payments

Gabe's amazing iTunes scripts put Rube Goldberg to shame; I also make a plea for bands (and maybe labels?) to always offer a tip jar via PayPal.

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Let us now praise Post-it notes

Phil's cool trick reminds me that I do love me some Post-it notes. How do you use 'em?

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Custom index cards from your own printer

Neat, simple tricks for printing your own index cards--either as templates or as stuff you've been storing electronically.

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Munging your world with Greasemonkey

These kids are doing crazy stuff with Greasemonkey.

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An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


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Scared Shitless

Merlin’s scared. You’re scared. Everybody is scared.

This is the video of Merlin’s keynote at Webstock 2011. The one where he cried. You should watch it. »