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12 Magazines You Should Read In Your 20s That Will Inspire And Empower You

12 Magazines You Should Read In Your 20s That Will Inspire And Empower You

Books are the therapist of the past. Self-help books were often the way to go for individuals looking to find their direction in life, or to get tips to lives simplest questions. However, in this day and age, individuals don’t always have time to sit down to read a book. They are usually reserved for the few times a year we are lounging on the beach in the summer. However, there are ways in which individuals can get daily lessons. That is through magazines. From financial help to health advice, we will take a look at twelve magazines that will be your life’s guide as you go well into your 20s.

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    Current Affairs: Newsweek – Newsweek is a great source for individuals looking for news, opinion pieces, and interviews on subjects from around the world with a liberal perspective. This has been a magazine that has been around for over 81 years and was recently acquired by IBT Media. From Michele Bachmann’s eyes to the 2004 Steve Jobs and the iPod cover, the covers of Newsweek certainly are an interesting part of their publication as well.

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      Current Affairs: National Review – If you are looking for current affairs, but with a more conservative take, National Review is the choice magazine you are looking for. Unlike Newsweek, which features a ton of op-eds and pop-culture aspects, National Review is more focused on political stories and a conservative point-of-view on current events.

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        Financial Tips: Kiplinger’s – At Lifehack, we are all about looking for practical, step-by-step improvements to life challenges, questions, and issues. Kiplinger’s does that with personal finance. The magazine focuses on providing tips and tools on how to ensure you are out of financial despair, how to maintain financial choices, and how to build wealth for the future. The magazine is separated based on subject, which allows you to learn the material you need to know.

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          Financial Tips: Money Magazine – What Kiplinger’s gives in practical advice, Money Magazine gives in real life lessons. Money Magazine allows you to not only get tips and tricks on how to save the most money, it shows the success stories of individuals who made certain financial choices and even some risks. In my opinion, go to Kiplinger’s for hard advice and Money Magazine to found off your financial knowledge.

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            Travel: Conde Nast Traveler – Conde Nast Traveler is the magazine for individuals who want to travel the world but want to get a deeper look at the places they are visiting, not simply the tourist tracks. While this isn’t the magazine i recommend for getting day-to-day tips on life, it certainly is a great place to start for your vow to travel more in your 20s. You can get inspired on what places to visit, get behind-the-scenes advice on how to make the most of your time there, and more.

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              Travel: Travel + Leisure – Travel + Leisure is the magazine of choice for those who are looking for hard advice on not simply extravagant, few-in-a-lifetime getaways, but also for short weekend or weeklong vacations in the United States. You’ll always find great hotel recommendations, as well as recommended places to eat and visit.

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                Health: Men’s Fitness – This is the magazine that not only gets you off the couch and into the gym, it gives you the confidence you need for everyday life. From leaving the house to get the paper or going out on the town with friends on a Friday night, Men’s Fitness improves every aspect of a man’s lifestyle. What I enjoy about this magazine is that it truly is accessible for every male out there, not simply the physically active or fit.

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                  Health: Shape – This is truly a magazine that is the female equivalent of Men’s Health. With a woman’s perspective, you are able to get tips on fashion, eating right, and staying on the move. The featured celebrities each issue also share their tips on having a great lifestyle. Some readers may find that their advice isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but their words of knowledge can give some the added push to change one aspect or another of their lifestyle.

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                    Men’s Fashion: GQ – There is a specific set of men who will get a lot out of GQ. However, this doesn’t mean that it is a magazine that you won’t get anything out of. Every man will learn a thing or two from it. However, if you are in your 20s, in the work field, possibly even the dating field, GQ will give you some amazing pointers on not only dressing etiquette, but also social etiquette too in this modern world.

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                      Women’s Fashion: Vogue – Vogue certainly isn’t the teen-poppy fashion magazines of your past, that includes interviews with Justin Bieber along with tips on how to look good for back to school, this is truly a woman’s magazine. Vogue, by no means, is as pretentious as some may claim. It is a magazine that offers fashion tips, overcame mistakes, and personal narratives for women of all backgrounds; from Yuppies to grand-mothers alike.

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                        Homemaking: Fine Homebuilding – This is the magazine that you’ll collect and refer back to from time to time. Fine Homebuilding not only offers tips on how to keep your house from falling apart, it also offers small tips to make large projects more approachable. This is the magazine for those looking to become the next amateur Bob Vila.

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                          Homemaking: Cook’s Illustrated – I am all about recommending life inspiring magazines that you will not put in the recycling bin the next month, and Cook’s Illustrated is certainly a magazine that you will refer back to for years to come. The recipes included are unique, mouth-watering, all while being useful for the kitchen veteran and novice alike. Issues come out every two months, proving once more than this isn’t your typical magazine. Cook’s Illustrated is as much of a keeper as you will be, once your significant other gets a smell of what you’re whipping up in the kitchen.

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                          Last Updated on September 18, 2019

                          15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                          15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                          You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                          Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                          A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                          Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                          So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                          1. Purge Your Office

                          De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                          Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                          Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                          2. Gather and Redistribute

                          Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                          3. Establish Work “Zones”

                          Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                          Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                          4. Close Proximity

                          Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                          5. Get a Good Labeler

                          Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                          6. Revise Your Filing System

                          As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                          What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                          Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                          • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                          • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                          • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                          • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                          • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                          • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                          • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                          Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                          7. Clear off Your Desk

                          Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                          If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                          8. Organize your Desktop

                          Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                          Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                          Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                          9. Organize Your Drawers

                          Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                          Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                          10. Separate Inboxes

                          If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                          11. Clear Your Piles

                          Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                          Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                          12. Sort Mails

                          Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                          13. Assign Discard Dates

                          You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                          Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                          14. Filter Your Emails

                          Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                          When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

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                          15. Straighten Your Desk

                          At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                          Bottom Line

                          Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                          Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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