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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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                                Published on January 16, 2019

                                How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

                                How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

                                We’re all busy, but sometimes we go through periods where the work piles up and it seems like it might never end.

                                You might have such a heavy workload that it feels too intimidating to even start.

                                You may have said yes to some or too many projects, and now you’re afraid you won’t be able to deliver.

                                That’s when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking at what’s working and what’s not working.

                                Here’re 13 strategies you can use to get out from under your overwhelming workload:

                                1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

                                Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we actually can. We take on more and more projects and responsibility and wear numerous hats.

                                We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not static. Even now, while you are reading this article, I’m guessing that your inbox is filling up with fresh new tasks.

                                To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

                                At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

                                The more you exercise your ability to tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not working, the faster you’ll make progress.

                                2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

                                Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

                                The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

                                In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

                                It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

                                It is often not about how to complete this project more effectively but who can help deliver this project.

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                                So, what are your unique strengths that will ensure your workload is delivered more effectively? Here’re some questions to help you reflect:

                                • Are you a great strategist?
                                • Are you an effective planner?
                                • Is Project Management your strength?
                                • Is communication and bringing people together your strength?
                                • Are you the ideas person?
                                • Is Implementation your strength?

                                Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.

                                3. Use the Strengths of Your Team

                                One of the simplest ways to manage your workload effectively is to free up your time so you bring your highest level of energy, focus and strengths to each project.

                                Delegation or better teamwork is the solution.

                                Everyone has unique strengths. It’s essential to think teamwork rather than working in isolation to ensure projects can be completed effectively. Besides, every time you give away a task or project that doesn’t play to your unique strengths, you open up an opportunity to do something you’re more talented at. This will empower both yourself and those around you.

                                Rather than taking on all the responsibilities yourself, look at who you can work with to deliver the best results possible.

                                4. Take Time for Planning

                                “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. – Abraham Lincoln

                                One hour of effective planning could save hours of time. Rather than just rushing in and getting started on projects, take the time to map everything in.

                                You can take the time to think about:

                                • What’s the purpose of the project?
                                • How Important is it?
                                • When does it need to be delivered by?
                                • What is the best result and worst result for this project?
                                • What are the KPIs?
                                • What does the project plan and key milestones look like?
                                • Who is working on this project?
                                • What is everyone’s responsibilities?
                                • What tolerances can I add in?
                                • What are the review stages?
                                • What are the challenges we may face and the solutions for these challenges?

                                Having absolute clarity on the project, the project deliverables and the result you want can save a lot of time. It also gets you clear on the priorities and timelines, so you can block out the required amount of time to focus and concentrate.

                                5. Focus on Priorities

                                Not everything is a priority, although it can often feel, in the moment, that it is.

                                Whatever you’re working on, there is always the Most Urgent, Important or Most Valuable projects or tasks.

                                One tool you can use to maximize your productivity and focus on your biggest priorities is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. This strategic tool for taking action on the things that matter most is simple. You separate your actions based on four possibilities:

                                1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
                                2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
                                3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
                                4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

                                James Clear has a great description on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix: How to be More Productive By Using the Eisenhower Box

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                                  The method I use with my coaching clients is to ask them to lay out their Top Five priorities for the day. Then to start with the most important priority first. At the end of the day, you review performance against these priorities.

                                  If you didn’t get everything accomplished, start the next day with your number one priority.

                                  If you are given additional task/projects during the day, then you will need to gauge their importance V the other priorities.

                                  6. Take Time Out

                                  To stay on top of a heavy workload, it’s important to take time out to rest and recuperate.

                                  If your energy levels are high and your mind and body is refreshed and alert, you are in more of a peak state to handle a heavy workload.

                                  Take time out of your day to go for a walk or get some exercise in. Leave early when possible and spend time with people who give you a lot of energy.

                                  In the background, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily to sharpen the mind.

                                  Take a look at this article learn about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                  7. Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

                                  Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough. The balance we all crave is very different from one another.

                                  I’ve written before about 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life. Working longer and harder doesn’t mean achieving more, especially if you have no time to spend with the people that matter most. The quality of who you are as a person, the relationships you have, the time you spend in work, deciding on what matters most is completely within your control.

                                  Work-life balance is about finding peace within yourself to be fully present, wherever you are, whether that be in the office or at home, right now. It’s about choosing what matters most and creating your own balanced life.

                                  If you feel there is not enough balance, then it may be time to make a change.

                                  8. Stop Multitasking

                                  Multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain simply can’t work effectively by doing more than one thing at a time—at least more than one thing that requires focused attention.

                                  So get your list of priorities (see earlier point), do the most important thing first, then move to the next item and work down your list.

                                  When you split your focus over a multitude of different areas, you can’t consistently deliver a high performance. You won’t be fully present on the one task or project at hand.

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                                  If you allocate blocked time and create firm boundaries for specific activities and commitments, you won’t feel so overwhelmed or overworked with everything you have to do.

                                  9. Work in Blocks of Time

                                  To keep your energy up to produce your best results it’s essential to take regular breaks.

                                  I use the 60-60-30 method myself and teach it to my coaching clients.

                                  Work on a project for a sustained period of 50 minutes.

                                  Then take a 10-minute break. This could be taking a walk, having a healthy snack or just having a conversation with someone.

                                  Then continue to work on the project for a further 50 minutes.

                                  Then take another 10-minute break.

                                  Then take a complete 30-minute break to unplug from the work. This could be time for a proper lunch, a quick bit of exercise, reading or having a walk.

                                  By simply taking some time out, your energy levels stay up, the quality of your work improves and you reduce the risk of becoming burned out.

                                  10. Get Rid of Distractions

                                  Make an estimation on how many times you are distracted during an average working day. Now take that number and multiply it by 25. According to Gloria Mark in her study on The Cost of Interrupted Work, it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after interruption.[1]

                                  “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.”

                                  Distractions don’t just take up your time during the distraction, they can derail your mental progress and focus for almost 25 minutes. So, if you are distracted 5 times per day, you could be losing almost 2 hours every day of productive work and almost 10 hours every week.

                                  If you have an important project to work on, find a space where you won’t be distracted, or try doing this.

                                  11. Commit Focused Time to Smaller Tasks

                                  You know sometimes, you need to simply tackle these tasks and take action on them. But there’s always something more pressing.

                                  Small tasks can often get in the way of your most important projects. They sit there on your daily To Do list but are often forgotten about because of more important priorities or because they hold no interest for you. But they take up mental energy. They clutter your mind.

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                                  Commit to spending a specific period of time completing all the small tasks you have on your To Do list. It will give you peace of mind and the space to focus more on your bigger priorities.

                                  12. Take a Time Audit

                                  Do you know exactly where your time is going each day? Are you spending too long on certain projects and tasks to the detriment of bigger opportunities?

                                  Spend a bit of time to analyze where you are spending your time. This insight will amaze you and give you the clarity to start adjusting where you focus your time and on what projects.

                                  You can start by taking a piece of paper and creating three columns:

                                  Column A is Priority Work. Column B is Good Work. Column C is low value work or stuff.

                                  Each day, write down the project or task and the time spent on each. Allocate that time to one of the columns.

                                  At the end of the week, record the total time spent in each column.

                                  If you are spending far too much time on certain types of work, look to change things so your focused time is in Column B and C.

                                  13. Protect Your Confidence

                                  It is essential to protect our confidence to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed, stressed and lose belief.

                                  When you have confidence as a daily resource, you are in a better position to problem solve, learn quicker, respond to anything, adjust to anything, and achieve your biggest opportunities.

                                  Confidence gives you the ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking, communication, and action. This is key to put your mind into a productive state.

                                  When confidence is high, you can clearly see the possibilities at hand and create strategies to take advantage of them, or to solve the challenges you face each day.

                                  Final Words

                                  A heavy workload can be tough to deal with and can cause stress, burnout and ongoing frustration.

                                  The key is to tackle it head on, rather than let it go on and compound the long-term effects. Hopefully, you can take action on at least one of these tips.

                                  If it gets too much, and negatively affects your physical and mental health, it may be time to talk to someone. Instead of dealing with it alone and staying unhappier, resentful and getting to a point where you simply can’t cope, you have to make a change for your own sanity.

                                  Featured photo credit: Hannah Wei via unsplash.com

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