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15 Enlightening Magazines You Should Read to be Inspired

15 Enlightening Magazines You Should Read to be Inspired
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When it comes to inspiring, exciting creative resources, sometimes magazines aren’t the first thing that pops into your head. That being said, the digital age has allowed online and digital versions of magazines to flourish. From art and design, to travel and technology, digital, print and online magazines offer many new, inspiring and eye-opening perspectives on the world. The following 15 publications are some of the very best options to keep your interests fresh.

1. Wired Magazine

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    This magazine covers a wide range of technology-related subjects. It’s a more in-depth magazine, focusing mainly on home technology, robotics, consumer electronics, space exploration techniques, and general, timely science topics. Wired Magazine is available in print and digital publications, with some content available on the website as well.

    2. Discover Magazine

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      Discover covers a wider range of scientific topics, though is written in a way that the average reader can understand. This magazine covers several different topics including technology, space discoveries, environment, natural wonders, health and psychology. Several stories are featured on the Discover Magazine website; however, users can subscribe to both print and digital editions. Discover is an inspiring look at the many wonders of the world around us.

      3. Extreme Tech

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        Extreme Tech is an online magazine for those looking for a deeper appreciation of technology. The site covers computing, mobile devices, the Internet, gaming, electronics and “extreme tech.” Though this publication covers more complicated bits of technology, the extreme tech section includes some of the most inspiring new developments in our world.

        4. Art News

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          Art News may very well be the foremost art magazine in the Western world. Covering a wide range of topics including photography, dance, painting, sculpture and exhibitions, it is available in both print and digital editions. Including artists from all over Europe and North and South America, this informative, inspiring magazine has been published since 1902.

          5. Juxtapoz

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            Another inspiring art magazine, Juxtapoz follows art and artists from around the world, but focuses on more modern visual arts. Juxtapoz covers illustration, photography, design, graffiti, music and performance. In addition to beautiful print editions for both the United States and international markets, the website includes free video interviews.

            6. International Artist

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              Whereas other art magazines focus mainly on art pieces, International Artist focuses on those who create the art. Profiling new and established artists from around the world, this print publication will introduce you to many new outlooks.

              7. Aesthetica

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                Aesthetica is another magazine focusing on art; however, it chiefly focuses on film, music and performance, while still following topical visual arts movements. Based in the UK, Aesthetica offers print and digital subscriptions, as well as some stories on their website. The wide range of arts covered makes it a uplifting and inspiring read.

                8. Fuse Magazine

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                  This art magazine based in Canada mainly covers independent artists in visual arts, performance art, music and film. Focusing on a wealth of under-discovered talent, Fuse brings truly original works to light.

                  9. All About Space

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                    This incredibly informative magazine covers just what you think it would: All About Space examines both timely, pop-culture space stories and deep, complicated discoveries. It presents discoveries from around the world, and is based in the UK. An utterly amazing look at the universe surrounding us, this magazine will shake up any perspective.

                    10. adAstra

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                      An inspiring magazine from the National Space Society in the US, this magazine covers many interesting topics, but is somewhat more complicated than All About Space. AdAstra is only available in print, though some bonus videos are available on the website.

                      11. Smithsonian Magazine

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                        Smithsonian is another truly inspiring publication. Available online, this magazine focuses on groundbreaking discoveries in many different areas of science. Not only doesit cover in-depth, amazing discoveries, it does so in a way that the average reader can understand. This publication focuses on technology, and also includes many great perspectives on the environment and nature sciences.

                        12. Servo Magazine

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                          Servo Magazine is a truly incredible look at the exploding world of robotics. Available in print, it explores robotics in all different fields. This magazine does require some basic knowledge of computing and robotics, but examines some of the most groundbreaking movements today.

                          13. Budget Travel

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                            Budget Travel is an exciting magazine, even if you’re not on an above average income. Budget Travel promises to show you new and exciting places, but also ones you can actually contemplate visiting. This magazine includes a lot of media on its website, and also offers a print edition.

                            14. Afar

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                              Afar is a unique publication, focusing on travel. While other travel magazines focus on resorts and how to get to places, Afar delves into the culture and experience of being somewhere. Available in both print and digital editions this magazine promises unique perspectives on a host of different locations.

                              15. Future

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                                Future offers eye-opening coverage of new architecture and building designs. A breathtaking record of the most cutting-edge advances, it focuses on design, modular architecture, efficient architecture, and eco-friendly projects. This magazine is available in print and digital editions, but also features some stories on the website.

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                                The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                                The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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                                No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                                Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                                Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

                                A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                                Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                                In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                                From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

                                A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                                For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                                This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                                The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                                That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                                Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                                The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                                Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                                But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                                The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                                The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

                                A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                                For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                                But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                                If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                                For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                                These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                                For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                                How to Make a Reminder Works for You

                                Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                                Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                                Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                                My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                                Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                                I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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                                Reference

                                [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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