Tuesday, February 4, 2014

About Those Magazines

Today's post is shared from the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals (ICAP) blog. I could see myself in Morna's post so thought it would be good to share it with you today.

I collected Country Living magazines for almost 10 years - and I still have them!  It is a daunting task to go through them to find one or two articles or recipes that I 'might' want, so I have decided that they just HAVE TO GO. Interested? Email me and we can talk :)

Read below for Morna's suggestions on how to get a 'handle' on YOUR magazines.
Are you really going back to look at the magazines you have stacked in the corner of your bookshelf?
I know from where I speak. I used to have a huge stack of magazines, some read, some waiting to be read. Sure they had great designs in them. Problem was when I wanted to be inspired I had way too many magazines to look through.
So I didn’t.
How about you? What does your stack of unread magazines look like?
All those magazines just take up space in our environment and at the same time rob us of something we really need, like energy to do our work.
So what to do about that stack that you have that just keeps getting bigger? Here are some ideas:
1.    When the magazines first come in, take a quick look through the contents. Neatly tear out the ones you want to refer to again. Store the articles in a folder or binder.
2.    Create an inspiration journal and save particular designs in it.
3.    If you can’t bear to tear into the magazine or don’t have time to really read something, put a sticky note on the cover and mark the pages with content you need to read. After you’re finished, file the articles to save and toss the magazine
4.    Periodically go through the articles or patterns you’ve saved. You may find your tastes have changed. That’s what I noticed, and then I just tossed what I saved. No need to save what no longer interested me.
How about the influx of mail order catalogs? I start by removing the order form. Then as I go through the catalog, if something sparks my interest, I remove that page and paper clip it behind the order form. Once I’ve finished checking out the catalog, it goes into the recycle bin. I place my order as soon as I can so I can toss the extra papers. If I find I don’t order within a short time, I just toss the papers.
Here’s a quote to motivate you to eliminate.
“One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.” Bruce Lee

Morna McEver Golletz is the founder and CEO of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals where creative arts entrepreneurs craft business success. Her weekly e-zine offers tips, techniques and inspiration to help you craft business success from your creative arts passion. You can sign up for a FREE subscription at http://www.creativeartsprofessionals.com. 

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