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10 Best Stylish and Multifunctional Backpacks

10 Best Stylish and Multifunctional Backpacks

Whether it’s for work, college, or traveling, backpacks are an essential part of daily life. So backpacks need to be practical and look good. They need to keep up with the demands of the modern world and be an expression of your personal style.

Nowadays many well-designed backpacks have functions that go beyond any regular bags. After interviewing all of our outgoing colleagues who are fashion (and backpack) lovers, we have hand-picked for you 10 of the best backpacks available today.

1. BagoBago Backpack with Built-In Seat

    The innovative BagoBago backpack has a hidden stool seat built into it (supporting up to 130kg) – so you’ll never get stuck without a place to sit ever again.

    The bag itself – which is waterproof and washable – has plenty of space, with a storage volume of 1,342.5cu.

    Best for: nature walks or commuting in the city.

    BagoBago Backpack with Built-In Seat, $119.99

    2. Wolffepack Escape Backpack

      The Wolffepack Escape is the world’s first orbital backpack – you can easily swing the backpack round to the front, even with the bag still strapped to your back.

      It’s the best of both worlds – the comfort of a backpack, and the easy access of a satchel, messenger bag or shoulder bag. It’s also great for quickly protecting your belongings from theft.

      Plus it boasts super strong Dyneema® cords that can support 300kg.

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      Best for: Quick and easy access on the go, and to quickly secure your belongings in busy areas.

      Wolffepack Escape Backpack, $179

      3. Progo Carry On Backpack

        The attractive angular-designed Progo Carry On Backpack is great for short-stay visits when you just want to pack and unpack quickly and easily.

        It has an integrated removable shelf (4 layers) that you can hang in any closet.

        An internal mesh compartment inside the main compartment will provide space for your undergarments or other flat belongings.

        Best for: travellers, especially those hopping from location to location.

        Progo Carry On Backpack, $249

        4. Backpaix: Backpack for Commuters

        The stylish Backpaix is billed as the world’s first ‘smart’ urban bag – and it really does offer a host of features for the modern commuter.

        Just some of the features include the ability to: charge your USB devices, mount a GoPro, and interact in Bike Mode.

        It’s a great-looking backpack to take your gear around in (check out the distinctive LED badge) and includes a separate pocket for shoes.

        Best for: city commuters and bike riders.

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        Backpaix: Backpack for Commuters, $250

        5. TrustBag: World’s Most Secure Bag

          Appearances can be deceiving. The TrustBag looks like a simple gym bag – but it’s so much more.

          The special fabric used to make the bag is ultra-soft – yet it’s one of the strongest, most advanced fabrics in the world.

          Amazingly, it can resist cuts, ripping and abrasion – and until recently it had only been used by the army and security services as protective gear.

          Best for: a lightweight bag safe from damage or theft.

          TrustBag: World’s Most Secure Bag, $179 (grey)

          6. Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with Laptop Storage

            The Lifepack has some great features for the demanding commuter.

            Its Solarbank consists of a 3-in-1 powerbank, bluetooth speakers and solar charger.

            It has an integrated retractable lock to secure your belongings. And if you’re caught in a shower it has a built in rain cover.

            You can organize your multi-faceted life using separate compartments – the ‘life zone’ and the ‘work zone’.

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            Best for: city commuters and bike riders.

            Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with Laptop Storage, $199.99

            7. Jule’s Bag (Super Dad’s Bag)

              Take care of your little one in style with Jule’s Bag. It’s a unique no-fuss changing bag designed especially for dads.

              When you open the backpack, you’re greeted by several compartments for keeping everything organised and accessible – from sanitary care items, to spare clothes, to food.

              The bag also transforms into a changing mat (waterproof and washable). And there’s a clever detachable waste bag to ditch dirty items.

              Best for: On-the-go dads who want a fuss-free way to look after their precious baby companions.

              Jule’s Bag (Super Dad’s Bag), $150.96

              8. ELECOM Off Toco 2 Style Casual Backpack

                If you’re looking for a dedicated camera backpack, the ELECOM Off Toco could be the one for you.

                It has a special interior with moveable pads to configure the space two ways to fit your camera and lenses.

                The handy removable camera inner case is great for on-the-go camera and lens use.

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                Best for: photographers.

                ELECOM Off Toco 2 Style Casual Backpack, $131.78

                9. NIID-UNO I Water Repellent Slim Laptop Backpack

                If photography, sports, or art is your thing, the NIID-UNO I is a great choice.

                Its mega storage space fits laptops of up to 15.6 inches. And it has a smart organizing system: 3 different types of specially-designed interior panels for cameras, sports equipment, or art supplies.

                It also has a handy USB charging port.

                It’s made with a durable Eco-Polyester exterior with a water repellent coating to keep your valuables safe.

                Best for: mobile photographers, sports people, and artists needing to store their gear while navigating the city or countryside.

                NIID-UNO I Water Repellent Slim Laptop Backpack, $79.99

                10. Korin ClickPack Pro Functional Anti-theft BackPack

                You’ll get great all-round functionality with the Korin ClickPack Pro.

                It has four kinds of security functions. It can charge your devices on the go, and you can organize your gear in its five major storage compartments.

                Plus you won’t get caught out in a bad weather thanks to its double layer rain protection.

                Best for: nature walks or city commutes in unpredictable weather.

                Korin ClickPack Pro Functional Anti-theft BackPack $193

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                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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