Joseph Alviani

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Become a Mystery Shopper to Earn Some Cash on Vacation

Mystery shopping is one of the ways you can make some pocket money in your spare time. If you get assigned to mystery shops at airports, on your next …

Build a Standing Desk that Converts to a Work Table

Standing desks are hot right now, but can be on the pricey side. You can build this height-adjustable standing desk with basic materials from Home …

The Reason Smart People Sometimes Struggle with “Aha” Moments

HBR STAFF<p>I’m increasingly jealous of people with fantastic working memories — as psychologists define it, the ability to ”hold and manipulate information in a temporary active state.” These people can get where they’re going without constantly staring at the GPS, can remember new people’s names …

Equations

How to Maximize Your Shopping at Big Box Home Improvement Stores

Any budding DIYer or homeowner can tell you that they spend a lot of time at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Shopping at big box stores can be a …

Tired All the Time? Try These Natural Energy Boosters

You don't have to feel drained on a daily basis. Here's how to keep your energy tank full. If you're running low right now, try these instant …

Wellness

The Chest and Triceps Routine That's So Fast and Effective You'll Want To Do It Every Workout

This super simple superset will make your pecs and arms pop<p>If you love a good pump, you’re going to love this chest and triceps superset. It’s incredibly simple: You do as many pushups as you can, and then roll over onto your back and do chest presses—with 15- to 20-pound dumbbells—for as long as …

Make Pre-Bottled Cocktails That People Will Actually Want to Drink

Let’s say you’re going to a house party (or picnic, or tailgate), and you want to bring a little alcoholic something. Beer and wine are a safe, easy …

Flavors

The Three Keys to Giving Feedback to Overly Defensive People

When you know someone can be really defensive, it makes giving them any sort of constructive criticism a battle you’d probably rather avoid. If …

Communicate

How ‘Eccentric Quasi-Isometrics’ Can Make You Bigger and Stronger

Use this technique to smoke your muscles and bulletproof your joints<p>You want to get bigger and stronger while sparing your joints in the process. One way to do this: Eccentric Quasi-Isometrics (EQIs), says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour.<p>This technique forces you to hold the bottom—or the …

How To: Make Your Own All-Natural Tick Repellent Spray

With tick-borne diseases on the rise, it is especially important to protect yourself from the prevalence of ticks in the outdoors, especially if you …

Take Better Notes During Meetings by Thinking Like a Student

Just because you’re writing everything down when you’re in a meeting doesn’t mean that you’re engaged. Absent-minded note-taking isn’t beneficial if …

Draft Your Presentation Before Making Slides for a Clearer Message

When you’re building a presentation, you may be tempted to dive right into making the slides. Instead, take the time to draft it as an outline first. …

Public Speaking

How to Calm Your Nerves with "Mental Rehearsal" and Get Through Anything

They say worrying does you no good, but worrying <i>productively</i> can actually get you through anything—whether it’s asking for a raise or running a big …

Self-help

Build a Block Retaining Wall to Beautify a Steep Slope

A yard with a steep slope can be difficult to landscape. Build a block retaining wall to add level tiers to your yard, which prevent erosion and …

Landscaping

Why It's Better to Fail as Quickly as Possible

Most of us don't like to admit when we've failed and put it off as long as possible. Google X's Rapid Evaluation head Rich DeVaul explains why this …

Reach Goals Faster by Reviewing and Reiterating Habits Every Three Days

The more time you spend wondering how best to approach something, the less time you have to actually learn the best way for you. You have to learn …

Schadenfreude

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Pocket Hole Jig System

Joining wood can be as much art as it is skill, and beautiful joinery really defines a piece of furniture. But for the times when you just need to …

3 Smart Glass Solutions to Replace Electronic Window Shades

Love the look of big, open windows, but don’t love the lack of privacy? Aside from making your private business very public, leaving windows …

7 Genius DIY Home Projects That Will Save You A Ton Of Space

Janne Peters via Getty Images<p>If you live in tight quarters, you understand how important it is to save space whenever possible. Unfortunately, shoving your accumulated junk under the bed will only get you so far. When your countertops are cluttered, your closets are overflowing and the …

Build A DIY Fold-Down Workbench To Save Floorspace In Your Shop

No matter how big your workshop is, space is precious. You can build this fold-down workbench in an afternoon that instantly upgrades your work area …

Woodworking

DIY Fairy Glow Jars: Make Perfect Night Lights!

If you’ve got kids you know that sometimes the da […]

What's the Deal With Getting the Veins in Your Arms to Show?

<b></b>What's the Deal With Getting the Veins in Your Arms to Show?Washboard abs might looks appealing to the ladies, but have you ever thought about …

Body Fat