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Top 20 Magazines with Free Subscriptions

Top 20 Magazines with Free Subscriptions

Over at TradePub, Daniel has kindly given me the list of top 20 publications and magazines with free subscriptions. Some of them are professions specific – for instance, there are IT publications like eWeek for Information Technology Professionals, and Call Center for professionals in support and services field. The list is in alphabetical order:

  • Accounting Today: Addresses the use of technology within an accounting practice and technology products and services that are delivered to the clients of accountants.
  • BioPharm International: Serves as the voice of an experienced mentor to the biopharmaceutical community.
  • BizTech: Covers the intersection of technology and business.
  • Call Center: Covers products and services that improve customer contact and care by strengthening online communications and quality assistance over the phone.
  • Card Technology: Reaches key executives responsible for planning, designing, and implementing applications based on chip cards.
  • eWeek: The essential technology information source for builders of e-business.
  • Game Developer: Provides technical and industry information to over 35,000 professional game developers.
  • Genetic Engineering News: The most widely read bioindustry publication worldwide and has long been acknowledged as the voice of the global biotechnology bioindustry.
  • Global Finance: Has been providing monthly news and analysis since 1987 about companies and financial institutions that do business around the world.
  • Health-IT World News: Is the premiere E-news source on technology for healthcare.
  • InfoStor: Provides storage professionals with the right decision-making information to evaluate, specify and/or integrate enterprise storage products and technologies.
  • Microwave Product Digest (International): Is the premier new product magazine devoted to information on components, equipment and subsystems for the RF, microwave and wireless industries.
  • Military & Aerospace Electronics: Published and edited exclusively for engineering managers and engineers involved with military and aerospace electronic systems design, development and production.
  • Offshore Engineer: Provides the highest quality editorial product across the broad spectrum of offshore technologies.
  • Oracle Magazine: Contains technology strategy articles, sample code, tips, Oracle and partner news, how to articles for developers and DBAs, and more.
  • Photonics Spectra: Provides business news and technology solutions to readers in the optics, lasers, imaging, fiber optics, electro-optics and photonic component manufacturing.
  • RadioResource International: Delivers wireless voice and data solutions for mobile and remote mission-critical operations for professionals.
  • The Scientist: Is a bimonthly publication covering the latest developments in life sciences research, technology and business.
  • Total Telecom: Is “The Economist of the communications industry”.
  • World Industrial Reporter: Provides information about new products and processes for manufacturing activities to plant executives in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

If your favorite magazine is not on the list, try to search it here.

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The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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