Over the past year, there are three habits that I’ve managed to create for myself. Well, three positive habits. Countless destructive ones, too, I am sure.
Reading The Economist (almost) every week.
I received a free subscription to The Economist last year when I had some Delta miles that were about to expire. At first, I would bribe myself with M+Ms. For example, “If I read five more pages, I can have ten more M+Ms” After a while, both my husband and I were totally hooked and would fight over the magazine when it arrived on Fridays. Now, I read the iPad version and he reads the print version, so my marriage will remain intact.
Why do I like it? I find their perspective interesting. I like learning about news from around the world, and I am especially fascinated with economic news from Africa, China and Southeast Asia. It sometimes applies to my work, but usually doesn’t, however, I truly feel it has broadened my perspective and made even mundane decisions more informed. (Plain or peanut?)
One day last summer, I was sitting on the couch reading the magazine when my father in law was visiting. He asked, “What, are you trying to become erudite or something?” After I googled the word, I had to laugh. This was coming from a (originally from the UK) man who writes crossword puzzles for the New York Times. And, for the record, Clive, the answer is “Yes.”
Reading New Civil Engineer with their iPad App
New Civil Engineer is a terrific magazine. If I like ENR, I love NCE. If ENR is Breyer’s Vanilla, NCE is anything from Cold Stone. Or maybe that good gelato from a street vendor. But probably more like some other amazing ice cream that my sheltered American self hasn’t had the privilege to try.
NCE is an expensive magazine subscription. I paid for it one year with my Christmas money and cried when it ended. Much to my delight, I discovered their iPad app serves up issues for free.
What makes the magazine so great? Again, it’s about perspective. Learning about civil engineering projects all over UK, Europe and the world. I like seeing what is being done, who is doing it, how much things costs, and how they are tackling their challenges.
Using the Stitcher Smart Radio App to Keep Up with Podcasts
Listening to podcasts always seemed like a really great idea, but I would forget to download them. I heard about Stitcher and gave it a try. I started with my old favorites- Marketplace, This American Life, Grammar Girl and Freaknomics Radio. It organizes everything, downloads them for me with just a click and makes suggestions for other podcasts that I might enjoy. I don’t listen every day, but when I am in the mood to go for a walk or have a long car ride ahead, I am glad they are all ready to go.
Have a great weekend!