I teach at Brigham Young University. One of the skills I hope to help learners develop is life-long learning. Indeed, no other skill is more important than learning how to learn. One of the ways that I try to remain a life-long learner is by reading widely, especially in fields that are not my own. So I encourage my students to read widely and as their circumstances permit get regular subscriptions to thoughtful magazines. I believe that the following four magazines would help anyone to stay informed and up-to-date on a wide variety of matters in the world:
I read National Geographic cover to cover each month. The Economist comes twice a month and I make it through about 25%-50% of the articles. Science comes weekly. I try to read all of the research highlights and the short articles. Nature, I access online when I have some free time.
Reading these magazines helps me to be more creative, have more innovative ideas, and bring to bear lateral thinking to linear problems.