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15 Enlightening Magazines You Should Read to be Inspired

15 Enlightening Magazines You Should Read to be Inspired

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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                                30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

                                30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

                                What do your 3pm fridge raid and perfectly alphabetised bookshelf have in common?

                                You most likely did both of them when you should have been doing work.

                                Procrastination is one of the most human behaviours. We’re all guilty of putting off what we know is important from time to time, and it seems the more pressing the task at hand, the better we are at avoiding it.

                                Sure, it means that every time we have an important deadline we end up with a spotlessly clean house and a completely empty inbox, but the real work gets left until the very last minute and is finished in a frenzy of stress and caffeine.

                                But we can gain control over procrastination by noticing it as soon as possible and stopping it in its tracks. On the contrary, you know you have a bad habit when you’re aware you’re putting something off, and you continue avoiding it anyway.

                                To start you off with combating procrastination, here are a few quotes to get you in a motivated frame of mind, because if procrastination has any enemies, it’s motivation to work harder.

                                A Few Home Truths

                                  “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
                                  ― Mark Twain


                                  “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
                                  ― Leonardo da Vinci


                                  “Someday is not a day of the week.”
                                  ― Janet Dailey


                                  “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
                                  ― Israelmore Ayivor


                                  “The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.”
                                  ― Craig D. Lounsbrough


                                  “Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.”
                                  ― Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret


                                  “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”
                                  ― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor


                                  “Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.”
                                  ― Matshona Dhliwayo


                                  “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
                                  ― Abraham Lincoln


                                  “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.”
                                  ― Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere


                                  “By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?”
                                  ― Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes


                                  “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                                  ― José N. Harris


                                  Some Practical Advice

                                    “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”
                                    ― Hilary Mantel


                                    “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
                                    ― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding


                                    “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
                                    ― Pablo Picasso


                                    “It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.”
                                    ― Lon Milo DuQuette, The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema


                                    “Do first what you don’t want to do most.”
                                    ― Clifford Cohen


                                    “How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”
                                    ― Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination


                                    “How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.”
                                    ― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating


                                    “Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.”
                                    ― James Jones


                                    Some Tough Love

                                      “Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.”
                                      ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph


                                      “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
                                      ― George Bernard Shaw


                                      “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                                      ― José N. Harris


                                      “What is deferred is not avoided.”
                                      ― Thomas More


                                      “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”
                                      ― Chuck Close


                                      “If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
                                      ― Roy Bennett


                                      “Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.”― Sanjo Jendayi


                                      “You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”
                                      ― Debasish Mridha


                                      When You Need Pulling out of Procrastination

                                        “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
                                        ― Denis Waitley


                                        “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
                                        ― Karen Lamb


                                        Print these quotes out, stick them on the wall in front of your desk – do whatever it takes to remember why you shouldn’t be putting your work off, or getting distracted by a desire to rearrange your socks into colour order.

                                        It won’t be easy, but being aware of how detrimental procrastination is to your longer-term goals is the first step towards overcoming it.

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