Tuesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivityBlog
As I looked around my reading chair for my dropped scissors last night, I spied the magazine basket. It was
full overflowing again. Just knowing I have a backlog of reading causes me to not want to read any magazines at all!
I make an effort not to bring too many magazines into the house, because I will quickly become overwhelmed. Once a year I purge my magazines using the following checklist:
Simplifying the Magazines
- Make a list of what you are reading regularly. Pick up your magazine pile and list the titles. This should include not only the subscriptions, but also magazines you have bought on the newsstand.
- Get rid of subscriptions you don’t read. Maybe your are sent a magazine as a result of a charitable donation or membership, or your tastes have shifted, or you have been given a gift subscription. If you don’t regularly and enthusiastically read the magazine, call or write the publisher and cancel your subscription. The information is generally available on the inside of the magazine, near the publisher information.
- Add subscriptions where you are buying the magazine regularly. If you have found yourself buying a magazine regularly and enthusiastically read it, get a subscription. Not only will it save you money, but buying the magazine at the newsstand is one more thing you won’t have to remember.
- If it is more than 1 cycle old, recycle it. Don’t kid yourself. You won’t go back and catch up. If you have more than one daily newspaper, get rid of everything but today’s copy. Monthly magazines? Keep the most current, recycle the rest.
Managing Magazine Reading
Once you have the quantity of information under control, you can simplify the digestion of information so you don’t get behind again. Here is my checklist:
- Decide what you get out of each magazine: ads? special articles? regular features? Once you know what you are looking for, you know what you can ignore. One of my scrapbooking magazines I use for design ideas. One magazine I read the main articles, but skip the ads. One magazine I make a point to read the ads. Another periodical I only read the articles on gardening, and skip the ones on homesteading.
- Read each magazine with your purpose in mind. When you are reading, remember what you read for. Skip everything else. This will allow you to rapidly go through the magazine.
- Skim articles. Most magazine articles are written to snag you, tell you what you will read, expound, then summarize. Read the first few paragraphs, and if you’re not interested, move on.
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