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Plan your way to a happy & healthy mind and life! Focus on self care, challenge your thoughts, and plan for success.
Plan your way to a happy & healthy mind and life! Focus on self care, challenge your thoughts, and plan for success.
151 backers pledged $4,600 to help bring this project to life.

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Cogtoolz: Proven Wellness Tools in One Simple Weekly Planner

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Often, one of the first things to go when you struggle or get busy is your own self care and that can prevent you from feeling happy and healthy. The Cogtoolz Planner helps you remember to incorporate self care and wellness into your schedule. We found some of the best cognitive behavioral tools for you!

Our goal is to help you feel more calm, confident and content!

Cogtoolz Planners are great for: 

  • Tracking and improving your mood 
  • Scheduling activities focused on self care 
  • Challenging your thoughts towards a healthier way of thinking
  • Helping you communicate your needs using a DEESC Script
  • Setting work, home, school, and health goals - balancing life! 
  • Having a safety plan  

When you feel good, you can accomplish anything!

 

 

Check out our "toolzbox" and get some ideas for your planner!

New Special Feature: Calming Adult Coloring in Each Month!

 

We have TWO layout options (Academic or Wellness)! You also get to choose between THREE cover colors: Green, Dark Pink, or Black. 

The Cogtoolz Academic Planner has wellness tools embedded in each week and in the resource section (back). This planner is great for anyone who wants to incorporate self care and wellness into their schedule. 

The Cogtoolz Wellness Planner has a daily self care tool and weekly wellness tools to improve mood. This planner is great for anyone who wants to use wellness tools daily to help reduce anxiety or depression, or improve mood and healthy thinking. 

Academic Planner Layouts

 

 

Wellness Planner Layouts

 

 

 

 

  • For durability - extra froster cover protector + 16pt cardstock cover 
  • For easy writing and no page bleeds - 70lb paper 
  • For flexibility - wire-o binding (so you can fold the planner back)

Both the Academic and Wellness Planners are 6 inches x 9 inches and go from September 2016 to August 2017.

 

Stretch Goals 

The first stretch goal will be revealed once we hit our funding goal! We have some exciting stretch goals, like new colors, new cover designs, more swag bags…. Let’s make our funding goal to start revealing! 

Update (August 5th): We're funded! Let's continue to exceed the goal and unlock the first stretch goal, a Special Edition Cover in partnership with "Hello Beautiful Health."

Update (August 12th): After reaching over $3,000 yesterday, stretch goal #1 is official unlocked! We're really forward to those Health Beautiful Health Covers! Check out our next Stretch Goal below and www.puravidabracelets.com. We'll include one of their bracelets in the Self-Care Swag Bags! Super cool.

Why Back Cogtoolz?

By backing us you become part of our Cogtoolz family. With your input, we can improve our tools and help us find more ways to continue to make mental health matter in our daily lives.

 

                   
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Steps to Getting Your Planner  

Step 1: If this is your first time making a Cogtoolz pledge, then simply select the reward(s) you wish to pledge for. If you have made a previous pledge, then start with your original pledge and simply add on the reward(s) you wish to pledge for. Remember: Be sure to check that you selected the right layout (Academic, Wellness, or combo). 

Step 2: At the end of the Kickstarter, if we’ve reached our goal, then we will send you a customer survey. This survey will ask for: 1) Your shipping address and 2) The color(s) you would like for your planner(s).

Step 3: We'll ship it from San Diego, CA and you'll have it in no time!

How We Will Use Funds

Funds from the Kickstarter will go towards production, delivery, and Kickstarter fees. Any additional funds will go directly back into the development of products from Cogtoolz. That is, right back to you! We are always striving to make wellness tools more accessible and affordable!

**Campaign ends Saturday, August 27th.

Our Team and the Zahn Innovation Platform

When we first started, we were actually calling our planners GRAPES Planners, named after the favorite tool. It wasn’t until after we won first place in the social enterprise track for the Zahn Innovation Challenge that "Cogtoolz" was born. We feel so fortunate to be part of the Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad (ZIP Launchpad) at San Diego State University (SDSU). While there, we’ve been able to formulate and develop our company. 

We have a great team that includes researchers, staff, students, and interns at San Diego State University. All of this would not be possible without such wonderful team members (past and present), who have been volunteering their time and who have simply been excited about Cogtoolz! It’s a team of people who love helping others! 

  • Christina - Founder/CEO 
  • Mike - Project Management and App development
  • Katie - Graphic designer, recent SDSU grad 
  • Hillary - PR (of LA VIE EN PR), SDSU alumna 
  • Tiffany - Social media and writing, SDSU alumna in Public Health 
  • Amy - Research intern and social media, recent SDSU grad 
  • Bea - SEO and admin assistant

A special thanks to those who helped last summer to get Cogtoolz off the ground: Adrian, Sandy, Paddy, Gianna, Desiree, Brigette, and Kesha! We wouldn’t be here without your help and motivation!

Summer 2015 - Getting Cogtoolz Off the Ground!
Summer 2015 - Getting Cogtoolz Off the Ground!

 

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 *** A special thanks to Chipur and Elephant in the Room for their thoughtful review of Cogtoolz. I appreciate it! 

How It All Started  

Thank you for checking out our Kickstarter Campaign! I’m Dr. Christina Holub, Founder of Cogtoolz. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for thinking of ways to help people improve health. Eventually, that led me to earn degrees in public health, focusing on social and behavioral sciences. I received a Master of Public Health at Yale University and PhD at UNC Chapel Hill. My particular love in public health is addressing health disparities and working with communities to develop health promotion strategies.

I started Cogtoolz back in March 2015 because I saw a need in mental health awareness and in making tools available to more people. The idea started earlier in the year when I was looking to go back to paper weekly planners. I knew that writing things down was a very powerful tool! Around the same time, I learned more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) tools and how these tools can help improve mental health. That’s when the idea was born: Why not combine paper planners with these helpful tools?  

As I started to search for more wellness tools, I realized that some of the best tools were hard to find and they were scattered across books, binders, journals, and websites. After talking to people, who regularly use these tools to improve their mood, I realized that I was on to something because the two things I heard most were: 1) I wish my wellness tools were all in one place and 2) when I forget to practice these tools, I don’t feel as good. That’s when I knew it was the right time to create this planner to help people remember to practice their wellness tools and make time for self care.  

Ultimately, our goal is to help you feel more calm, confident, and content!  

I am humbled by your support and I thank you for backing Cogtoolz!

Sincerely,

Christina Holub, PhD, MPH

Follow us on: Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Tumblr.

Risks and challenges

Any type of production can be challenging, with potential unexpected delays. We have worked closely with our printer to ensure the fastest deliver time, but delays can happen.

Our company is based in San Diego, CA and we have worked with a local printer that has been in business for more than 40 years. Since it's local, we can get things rolling a lot faster! But, we can't forget about potential unexpected delays or hiccups. Once we hit our goal, we can start printing and will do our very best to get you your planner(s) shortly after the campaign ends.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Everything Counts! Thank you!

    A note of gratitude and a PDF of each weekly layout, so you can print it out and give it a try!

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    Early Bird Academic Planner + Swag Bag

    One Academic Planner, size 6x9
    Plus a Self Care Swag Bag as our Thank You!

    *You will be able to choose your color when you reply to the customer survey at the end of the campaign.

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    Early Bird Wellness Planner + Swag Bag

    One Wellness Planner, size 6x9
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    Planner Donation! Give Back!

    FOR EVERY $20 YOU DONATE IN THIS REWARD, WE WILL GIVE ONE PLANNER TO SOMEONE WHO IS IN NEED.

    We are partnering with DBSA SAN DIEGO (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) for these donations!

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    One Academic Planner

    One Academic Planner, size 6x9

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    One Wellness Planner

    One Wellness Planner, size 6x9

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    Early Bird Two Planners + Swag Bag

    **BEST DEAL** Triple Care Reward**
    Two Cogtoolz Planners, Your choice, size 6x9
    Plus a Self Care Swag Bag as our Thank You!

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    Two Cogtoolz Planners of your choice

    Two Cogtoolz Planners, Your choice, size 6x9

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    Five Cogtoolz Planners of your choice

    Five (5) Planners, Your choice, size 6x9

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    Ten (10) Cogtoolz Planners, Your choice, size 6x9

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Funding period

- (28 days)