It’s that time of year again: the long summer daze is drawing to a close, and fall is on the horizon. For many, that’s a signal it’s time to start looking forward and planning ahead for another school year. Whether you’re learning remotely or in-person this year, here are the tools to help set you up for success.
A sturdy-yet-flexible workspace
With customizable options and eco-friendly durable bamboo material, the FlexiSpot offers so much more than the standard desk to students (and anyone else) who would otherwise spend endless stretches of time just sitting down. The desktop is moisture-proof, scratch-proof and stain-proof and its height easily adjustable so you can find the best fit for you. The maker, FlexiSpot, has 20 years of experience in ergonomics (the science of improving comfort and efficiency in a workspace), and the Kana Bamboo Standing Desk’s intelligent design speaks to it.
FlexiSpot’s Kana Bamboo Standing Desk, Flexispot, $400.
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Fuel your mind and body, on-the-go
Pack a nourishing lunch or snack to-go with this reusable lunch box duo. It’s not only often a healthier option, it’s one way students can save money, too.
OUI Stainless Steel Lunch Box Duo in Fern, Indigo, $28.
This tote is specifically designed to work with OUI’s containers and helps you bring your meals wherever your learning takes you.
OUI Lunch Tote in Fern, Indigo, $25.
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Bodum’s classic French Press is a simple, and mighty flavourful way to get your cuppa joe in. Forget single-use capsules or paper filters. This is all you really need (just be sure to get your favourite roast coarsely ground).
Bodum Bistro Set French Press and Pavina Glasses Set, Indigo, $35.
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Keep your bevvies cold or hot in this cute and handy tumbler.
Asobu Tied Insulated Tumbler 20 Oz in Peach, Indigo, $21.
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Get in the right mindset
Not just for photos! Use this wall display to make your vision board to help motivate, inspire and remind you of where you want to go.
UMBRA Tucker Wall Large Photo Display, Indigo, $50.
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We’ve touted this practical guide to improving your daily micro-habits before, and we’ll include it here again. The world’s leading expert on habit formation shares simple strategies to help you form good habits, break bad ones and master tiny shifts that lead to life-changing results. His own personal journey is an inspiring story, too.
“Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear, Indigo, $22.
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Bullet journaling has known benefits. From outwardly expressing your goals and tracking your progress, it’s also a useful mindfulness tool. Chart your path to success and stay inspired with this bullet journal.
Leuchtturm1917 Medium (A5) Dotted Hardcover Journal in Sage, Indigo, $27.
Recharge and reset
Student life invariably comes with a lot of time spent in front of screens. Minimize blue light and ease eye strain with these cool-but-functional blue light glasses.
Firmoo Blue Light Blocking Glasses, Amazon, $36.
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We know a good night’s rest is important for a better day ahead. Step up your sleep hygiene game by minimizing light with this silky sleeping mask. Need something a little more heavy-duty? Try this weighted option.
Love & Lore Silk Sleep Mask in Steel Blue, Indigo, $35.
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Pack it to-go
If you are learning in-person this coming school year, you’ll need some place to put all you need to be prepared for class. This backpack is simple, stylish and durable and comes in a variety of colours.
Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack in Ash Rose, Indigo, $100.
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School can come with its own brand of stressors, so it’s a good idea to introduce some wellness habits into your routine now. This portable diffuser will go with you wherever your studies may take you, no chord required! It’s rechargeable and comes with an optional LED light feature. Try it with refreshing and outdoorsy diffuser blends like Elevate, After The Rain and Deep Breath.
Saje Natural Wellness Aroma Wander Limited Edition Portable Diffuser in Whisper Grey, Saje Natural Wellness, $66.
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