These Dogeared Bags are Totes Cool

I came home today to a package on my doorstep from my thoughtful friend Britney. She told me she sent me a little something that just reminded her of me. I opened the package and it was this glorious, huge tote bag that nominated Coffee for President. ☕☕☕☕☕

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If you see me walking at any given time I am usually carrying two to three bags. I spent the last two years not having a permanent office so I got used to carrying a portable office of sorts in a tote bag so I could work wherever I needed to. The habit of carrying an extra bag or two stuck with me and now I find myself putting books, resources, magazines, umbrellas, an extra pair of shoes, etc in my overflow handbag. 

This bag is made by the company Dogeared; you may recognize the company from the jewelry they make.  You can check out their bags here (The Coffee for President bag is available here.) Dogeared also makes makeup bag size versions of each style. These bags are nice because they are high quality, strong, big totes that have a pocket inside.  I put up a few photos of other bags they sell that I like to show how big they are in context.  🙌

A Cool Productivity Tool - Coffitivity

 Coffitivity is a free website and app that simulates the sound of coffee shop to help you be more productive and creative. Research from the University of Chicago found that a moderate level of ambient noise is best for creativity. ::: research article here :::  Coffitivity has looping sounds of a coffee shop: snippets of conversation, glasses clanking, the espresso machine, doors opening, etc. which are exactly the level and type of noise the study found to be most helpful for creativity.

I have been a user of Coffitivity since it started in 2013. I use it everyday. When you go to the website you will see a list of ambient noise categories, my favorite is the Morning Murmur. The first three themed sounds on the site (pictured below) are free. For $9 a year you can get access to the full list. 

If you like to listen to music you can adjust your music to be slightly louder than the website's ambient noise.  I typically just listen to the Coffitivity tones by itself.  

As someone who has always worked in coffee shops because I have felt most productive there (now I know why), I have found this website to be extremely helpful in increasing my productivity despite my location. 

There are lots of other websites that provide ambient noise and include sounds from nature, animals, music, etc. Here are three other websites that I like using: 

Jazz and Rain 

A Soft Murmur

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Spotify also has productivity playlists that include ambient noise with music if you prefer to use that platform. When I really need to buckle down and get work down, Coffitivity will always remain my go-to clutch move. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

Passion Planner is THE Coolest Planner

I have always loved writing in a planner. Organizing my schedule is a love language of sorts for me.  Back in college, I carried my Franklin Covey planner everywhere and lived by the 7 Habits for Highly Successful people. I have evolved since then and the past few years have been glued to my Google Calendar and making notes/lists in my beloved Field Notes books that are always with me. 

My schedule has become a little overwhelming owning my own business and I found that I was writing down parts of my schedule in addition to using Google Calendar to remind myself of certain events. So I just started using both calendars. I love sending invites and storing information in my Google Calendar but there is just something about writing things down that makes all right in the world. Using both types of calendars has helped me to get a better grip on my schedule and tasks.

The reason why I feel that both methods of calendars are needed is because of the planner I use - the Passion Planner

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What is the Passion Planner? 

I first learned about Passion Planner during it's 2014 Kickstarter campaign. The founder is Angelia Trinidad, a young twenty-something that was experiencing was she calls 'Analysis Paralysis" and having difficulty identyfing what to do with her life. Something that I think anyone who has been through their twenties can identify with. She created a planner that focused on goals and intention, not just things someone has to do.

photo courtesy of angeliatrinidad.com

photo courtesy of angeliatrinidad.com

"Passion Planner was the tool that I made to make peoples passions a priority.  It is an all-in-one weekly appointment calendar, journal, goal setting guide, and to-do list log integrated in one notebook. What I like to call a life coach that fits in your backpack."

Here is the Kickstarter video that initially introduced to the Passion Planner project. 

The planner starts with activities to help you think about your passion and there are also monthly reflection questions. What draws me most to the planner is its weekly layout pictured below. Having a focus for each week and day has especially been helpful for me personally. 

photo courtesy of Passion Planner

photo courtesy of Passion Planner

How Much?

You can purchase the bound planners here. The smaller version is $24.99 and the larger one (the one I use) is $29.99. They come undated, dated from January- December, or dated from August-July. 

You can download FREE PDFs versions of the planner here. One of the reasons I want to cheer Angela and this project on is because Angela believes in making sure everyone has access to her project. 

Pay It Forward!

If this is something you feel passionate it about, I encourage you to sponsor a planner for someone. You can purchase a Passion Planner at a discuounted rate of $14.99 and have it sent to someone that applied to receive a planner. You can provide your contact email so they can email you a thank you for your gift! 

Click here to sponsor a planner for someone.

Are there other scheduling or planning tools that you enjoy? I want to hear about them!