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    27 Helpful Products For Procrastinators

    We all have the same 24 hours. Some of us just spend half of it sitting on the edge of our beds in the morning.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI โ€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A super loud, vibrating alarm clock for anyone who needs instant chaos in the morning to get them out of bed. You will NEVER want to hit the snooze button on this thing.

    a woman sleeping near an alarm clock
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This alarm clock has succeeded where many have failed. I have had severe issues waking up to an alarm for years now and had tried nearly every trick in the book. After many failed attempts at solving my stubborn sleeping habit, I finally found this product. The alarm clock's ear-piercing noise can usually wake me up by itself, but when you add to it the mattress vibrating mechanism, it is a sure thing. I've had the clock going on three months and haven't overslept a single day. There have been no problems with the clock whatsoever. If you can't seem to get out of bed in the morning, or repeatedly hit snooze on your current alarm clock without even recalling doing so, then this is the product for you. It may be a little pricey for an alarm clock, but it is worth every penny." โ€”MDC

    Get it from Amazon for $33.40+ (available in seven colors).

    2. A pair of tabletop cereal dispensers if you wasted so much time sitting on the edge of your bed before work, cooking breakfast is absolutely out of the question.

    the cereal dispensing canisters side by side with knobs to release the food
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "This is listed as a cereal dispenser โ€” but we purchased it for a cat and dog food dispenser. What a GREAT PRODUCT. This lovely piece of equipment sits on our kitchen cabinet and holds/dispenses our cat and dog dry food each day. No more lifting heavy bags all the time. Fill up the containers once and you have a week or two of ease. Just place your pet dish under the spout, turn the wheel and the dish fills up. Looks good and fun to turn the dials." โ€”Jennifer from Greensboro, NC

    Get it from Wayfair for $33.99 (available in three styles).

    3. A portable laptop desk in case your actual desk is a little too intimidating. People still working remotely can use this to gently ease into their day from the comfort of their couch.

    a person working on a computer that is placed on top of the portable desk in their lap
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a 17-inch laptop that gets pretty warm on the bottom and has a sort of bar towards the back to tilt the laptop slightly. Between the heat output and the bar digging into my leg, I finally decided I needed to give in and buy a lap desk. After a lot of research, this seemed to fit the bill. It's large enough for my laptop with enough room for my mouse on the side. The lap desk itself, while large, is surprisingly light so it's comfortable on my lap and doesn't add a whole bunch of weight to my already heavy laptop. In fact, I can barely feel the weight of it on my lap"โ€”K Nichols

    Get it from Amazon for $29.86 (available in white, mint, indigo blue, black, blue, and hot pink).

    4. And a handy keyboard cleaning brush so your keys won't stick when you type. It'll make your key strokes and your workflow a whole lot smoother (and your workday a little less excruciating).

    the brush being used on a black and silver keyboard
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The OXO Good Grips Electronics Cleaning Brush is a must-have product for cleaning electronics. It is versatile enough to work in many different applications. It is gentle enough to avoid cosmetically damaging delicate electronics that other brushes can easily scratch. And it is precise enough to work well in applications where one needs a tool of precision that is capable of reaching difficult or small areas."โ€”ZapNZs

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99

    5. An inexpensive 2-quart cold brew maker that BuzzFeed has been sharing with the world for ages. How else do you think we crank out so many lists a day?! The power of cold caffeine!!

    A cold brew maker on a kitchen counter next to a glass filled with iced coffee and a small bowl of coffee beans
    Amazon

    Checkout our full review of this incredible little thing here.

    Promising review: "I don't know how I ever functioned without this. It's my first cold coffee brewer. I'm usually a daily drive-thru cold coffee drinker. I haven't purchased a coffee for two weeks since having this! I found it super easy to brew. I haven't had a single coffee ground get through the filter, and I used fine ground coffee that I found on clearance just to try it. I usually just add milk and a flavored liquid creamer. I also made a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, and added in good vanilla extract when I removed it from the heat) and use that with a little milk sometimes. I haven't made a single glass of iced coffee that I couldn't drink. So simple! Don't hesitate to try it!"โ€”Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    6. And a pack of mint-flavored energy gum for when the coffee high wears off.

    fingers holding a small piece of gum above a full pack of gum
    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Read our review of NeuroGum (#2 on the list). These are sugar-free and formulated with green tea caffeine, meaning you won't crash the way you would after drinking coffee (the caffeine content in each tablet is equivalent to half a cup of that stuff, and it won't stain your teeth).

    Promising review: "I normally drink a cup of coffee before I work out in the morning, but found NeuroGum to be a quicker and cheaper alternative. It tastes pretty good, and the caffeine kicks in super fast. I'll definitely be stocking up on this gum from here on out to get me going in the morning." โ€”Dan Scime

    Get nine six-packs from Amazon for $21.

    7. A straightforward pad that'll finally force you to stop being so indecisive. We both know you aren't lazy, you just need a nudge sometimes!

    the notepad with the words make a decision printed in big letters at the top
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "While this could be used purely for entertainment purposes, it could actually help you make a decision. My listing the pros and cons, and identifying your gut feeling could actually point you in the right direction." โ€”Michelle M. Exner

    Get it from Amazon for $9.33.

    8. And a deck of affirmation cards to motivate you if you still can't seem to get out of your own way. It's okay! We all have trouble getting started sometimes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These cards are phenomenal! I love allowing my friends to pull cards for a boost of motivation. The writing is witty and very inspirational." โ€”Addy G.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50.

    9. A bamboo charging station so the battery life of your devices will no longer be an excuse to procrastinate. Everything will be fully charged and ready for you to hit the ground running.

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    Promising review: "Great! Just what I was looking for to keep my gadgets together! I love the bamboo look and how it magnetically opens and closes when needed. The dock for my Apple Watch is such a cool bonus. Super psyched to have everything in one place! Also, Iโ€™m happy that you have the option to use either the left or right side to feed the cords."โ€”Michaela

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99

    10. And a set of clear food containers, so leaving your post to grab lunch is no longer an excuse either. Just pop your meal prepped food in the microwave, enjoy, and get back to work!

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers!

    Promising review: "This is really aesthetically pleasing, and perfect for meal-prepping. My healthy salad and veggies look so bright and colorful โ€” people often comment on how delicious my lunch looks, and itโ€™s usually just a green salad. The crystal clear container really makes it look appetizing, and the seal is super tight. Iโ€™ve thrown soup in my purse and carried it around all day without worrying. Iโ€™ve always preferred glass, but these are so light, nestle so well, are super easy to clean, and so drip-proof that maybe Iโ€™m a convert. I immediately purchased another set as soon as I got the first." โ€”Joy3888

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49+ (available sets of 6-18).

    11. A calming four-tier fountain if your issue is that there's just too much going on for you to focus. The soothing sounds of trickling water will calm your mind and help you concentrate on the task at hand.

    the black four tier fountain
    amazon.com

    Let the soothing sounds of trickling water provide you an escape from your many, many thoughts.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.75.

    12. Or a pair of noise-cancelling Anker headphones to keep you in the zone and block out all other distractions. It'll just be you, your work, and your lo-fi chill beats playlist.

    a costumers black headphones photographed on a beige carpet
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased these headphones based on a product recommendation from a YouTuber. They're are super light and very comfortable. Active noise canceling is a godsend for working in an office or at home next to a busy street. My wife says to mention that the headphones are 'wife-conversation-proof.' They really do significantly limit the volume of surrounding conversations."โ€”Mark D.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99

    13. A habit calendar to track how well you've been doing in breaking your procrastination. Just create a tangible goal โ€” like a set time you'd like to get out of bed every morning โ€” and track how consistent you've been throughout the month.

    a hand filling out a habit calendar
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This has been the most helpful tool for accountability to myself to accomplish my goals. It's highly motivating! At first, I couldn't justify spending $18 for it, knowing I could make my own spreadsheets and print them out. But I didn't get around to it, so I ordered the calendar instead. Best decision ever!

    It's very durable and sturdy. The pages are thick and very high quality. No bleed-through. I don't have to worry about my walls getting ruined. And I have it on my bedroom wall where I can see it every morning and every night to remind me to stay on track. Highly recommended!" โ€”Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    14. A tiny Magic 8 Ball that'll make tough decisions for you. Spoiler: Yes, you should complete that task *before* starting the next episode of whatever show you're bingeing.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm having a blast with this miniature Magic 8 Ball. It sits on the table by my recliner for easy access. With it, I'm now free of the majority of decision-making in my life which relieves me of any stress, anxiety, or uncertainty that might come over me at any moment. I no longer have to take any responsibility for my actions; I can just blame it on the 8 Ball. It fits easily into almost any sized pocket, so, if I'm going out, I can take it along and let it play the same role in my life. This ability to take my new decision-maker with me in smaller form is great! It's a nice return to my childhood, inexpensive, and a much-needed reprieve from the stress of our contemporary society. Everyone should have one and have some light-hearted fun!" โ€”ALW

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    15. An upscale cocktail glass to make you feel like Don Draper in Mad Men while you work โ€” remember how productive that guy was with a little bit of scotch in his system?

    Three of the short glasses etched with LA, Chicago, and NYC filled with bourbon
    UncommonGoods

    Pace yourself, though. Being drunk on the job is probably more frowned upon now than it was in 1963.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available in 31 cities).

    16. A bag carrier that'll make the grocery shopping you've been putting off a little less painful. The longer you wait to shop, the more bags you wind up having to carry. No need to torture your fingers just because you avoided the grocery store for a month.

    two people walking down the street carrying grocery bags with bag carriers
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It seems silly, but having to lug in multiple bags in a shopping trip can be a huge hassle, especially if you live in an apartment complex and have to walk up flights of stairs. And of course, no one wants to make two trips (or god forbid, three or four) to get all of your stuff inside. The Mighty Handle is a great solution to this problem: you can hang all of your bags of groceries (or clothes, or shoes, or anything you can think of) on these handles and then only have to hold one (or two) handles to take everything with you. You can also use the Mighty Handle to hang your bags on and then twist the handles together so your stuff doesn't all spill out in the trunk. A simple solution to an annoying problem." โ€”Elaina

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    17. And some plastic storage containers if you're the type to buy groceries and then wait too long to eat them. These containers will keep your fruits and veggies fresh while you scroll UberEats for the sixth time this week.

    a before and after shot of an old looking strawberry and a fresh strawberry
    BuzzFeed

    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." โ€”Laura

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $29.50.

    18. A magnetic meal planning pad so dinner is less of a daunting decision each night. With your meals planned out, you'll be less inclined to waste time avoiding the kitchen.

    a hand filling out a magnetic meal planner displayed on the side of a refrigerator
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Iโ€™ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone and then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but itโ€™s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." โ€”Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    19. Vacuum storage bags to seal your off-season clothes if folding, boxing and storing them feels like way too much work each year.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Read our review of these vacuum storage bags (#2 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I've been going through and purging items and cleaning and preparing for storage items I'm keeping, pre-moving. I love these bags, they make such a difference and you can easily see what's in there...as opposed to my previous storage bags โ€” trash bags. I've gotten what took three shelves down to one. Can't complain about that." โ€”Samsara

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four sizes and variety packs).

    20. A robot vacuum that'll suck up all the dirt from your floors โ€” ya know, that one chore you said you'd do but definitely won't be getting around to anytime soon.

    a robot vacuum moving from a hard floor to a carpet
    Amazon

    It includes an infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, and it can clean continuously for up to 100 minutes.

    Promising review: "We are very pleased with our Eufy who we named Sneaky Pete because he is very quiet and can sneak up on you. We run him twice a day and are always surprised how much grime and pet hair he picks up. The instructions are simple and clear. Cleaning is super easy. He travels under beds and couches where we would not normally be able to reach with the traditional vacuum. After comparing all of the leading robo-vacs, we chose the Eufy because it was rated as high as expensive ones and was less than half of the cost. We chose well. Like all robo-vacs, Pete will become confused on an area that is black due to the anti-fall safety feature. Like a black patch of a rug. But, we don't hold that against him. Our dog is totally indifferent to Pete which is another pleasant surprise. We are very happy with our Eufy." โ€”Dahna Brinkley

    Get it from Amazon for $219.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A bitter but harmless clear polish if looming deadlines and dreadful tasks often drive you to anxiously bite your nails.

    a before and after shot displaying nail growth
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have been biting my fingernails as long as I could chew. I grew immune to the taste of the no-bite nail polish you can buy at drugstores. I tried keeping a rubber band on my wrist and popping it every time I noticed myself chewing. This nail polish has been the only thing that has worked. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and another one at home just in case I slip up. I had the first manicure of my life a few weeks ago. Amazing product." โ€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    22. A clothes folder that's so easy to use you'll never avoid laundry day again.

    a white shirt being folded on a blue folder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "You would think folding is simple, but with this product, it's a perfect fold every time. It makes a pile of clothing so compact. Everything is uniformly folded. Makes putting clothes in drawers so much neater and more orderly. So glad I have it. It makes my life easier. I don't have a lot of closet space so I have to fold, and this is perfect for that." โ€”S. Erhart

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (comes with a set of clothespins).

    23. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses to help possibly minimize digital eye strain. With no more blue light headaches, you'll (hopefully) get in the habit of working for more than an hour at a time.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and they've made a world of difference for me. And you can't beat the price! I highly recommend!!" โ€”kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $8.49 (available in seven colors).

    24. An LED table lamp bright enough to keep you awake while you're burning the midnight oil (as you work on something you probably should have finished during the day).

    the mint green lamp in front of two pillows
    Amazon

    You can adjust the angle, and it has a tool-free setup!

    Promising review: "I was searching for a desk lamp that would complement my desktop. I was searching for more expensive lamps, but came across this. It is well-built, looks beautiful in my space, and the cord is long enough and durable. The light is also bright. I love it." โ€”Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in five colors).

    25. A daily planner specifically designed to organize your workload *and* keep you interested in boring tasks.

    the daily planner filled with colorful notes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have ADHD and itโ€™s not just about having trouble staying organized โ€” I have trouble getting momentum when tasks seem mundane or when I canโ€™t see how they fit into the bigger picture. A lot of my daily work can feel pretty mundane, and that leads to a lot of procrastination and wasted time. But I sometimes have SO many AWESOME ideas (!!!) that my plans arenโ€™t realistic, or I forget what I was trying to work on yesterday, and then I get discouraged. This planner is SO helpful because its month/week/day format makes me focus on the big picture, yet it allows me to break up large projects into more manageable pieces. The reflective portions also help me reframe my thinking when I donโ€™t get through all of my tasks, so I donโ€™t just get frustrated with myself and give up if I have a bad day or two." โ€”krisalicious

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97+ (available in four colors).

    26. A waterproof pad for those of us who waste way too much time daydreaming in the shower. You might as well jot some of those brilliant thoughts down while you're in there.

    the notepad with the words no more great ideas down the drain written on it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Is there a name for that time period in between when you've made a list of everything you need to do while in the shower, and getting dressed at which point you forget it all? This product prevents that from happening." โ€”$Terra Hall.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.75.

    27. And a motivational book for whenever you're in need of a pep talk before starting a task or a project. Whether you're procrastinating because you're scared, anxious, bored or flat out lazy, you're one motivational quote away from finally doing that *thing* you've been putting off! Don't give up!

    journal that says i'm doing my best
    Amazon

    Promising Review: "I love this book for musing when I can't sleep. I like that there's a sleep quote on each left-hand page, and a page for writing on the right. It gives me enough space to write, but not unlimited space like in a typical journal. The paper is good quality, so you can use a juicy pen without it leaking through." โ€”Art Chik

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    From one procrastinator to another...

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