I have always loved having a magazine subscription. I would look forward to that magazine every month. I remember when Real Simple magazine first came out. I couldn’t wait to subscribe and I saved every one of those magazines from it’s first year in publication. When we moved, I was heartbroken to give them up. They had so much important information I wanted to go back to eventually.
These days I haven’t had a lot of time for magazines and the problem with having a subscription is that magazines can pile up after a while. Before I knew it, I had a pile of over a dozen unread magazines sitting on my night table. So I made a plan for keeping up with them.
I always read a magazine from cover to cover, but now when I read them and find something that interests me, like a good recipe or a product or something I’d like to try, like an exercise routine, I tear out those pages. I keep an accordion file with labels for Recipes, To Do, To Find and To Try. I file the pages I want to keep and later I go back to my file and pull out different pages and follow up. This also makes it easier to share ideas with my friends. The recipes I try and the exercise routines I try from the pages I tear out can easily be copied and mailed to them.
It’s one of the most efficient methods I have found to make having a magazine subscription make sense to me again. I hope you’ll try it out this year.