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    41 Clever Products For A More Efficient 2020

    'Tis time to free up some time for yourself in the new year.

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A streamlined planner ready to help you get organized for very little effort. Also it just looks so sleek you'll remember to tote it around with you. (There's only so much iCal can do.)


    Includes monthly and weekly planning, ribbon bookmark to hold your place, and a gorgeous look so you can whip this out whenever you want it. Or just really to bait some compliments.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.29+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    Also check out our top picks for the best planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    2. And a lil' daily planner notepad you can use at your desk to stay on task at work and satisfy any scribbling needs.


    Promising review: "In this world of side hustles, traveling for work, working from home, planning future projects, managing family events, etc., this really helps me focus on my daily goals and organize my day to day tasks. The best part is that this helps me focus on three important 'must get it done' activities." —CatK

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. A winged eyeliner stamp so you won't have to stand in front of your bathroom mirror tweaking each wing to match the other. Back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth., Amazon

    Ohhhh if I could only get back all those hours!

    Promising review: "Honestly, I wish I had thought of this. A stamp for the right eye and left eye on the end of liquid eyeliner pencil with a liner on the other side of each pencil. I always mess up the wing but these are perfect! Much more subtle from the front but just what I love." —Mona G.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in four sizes and two colors).

    4. A matte-finish setting spray ready to lock in your makeup to help avoid touchups throughout the day.


    I've used this before and, tbh, it stacks up to the much pricier luxury setting sprays.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this for a while, but finally needed to write a review. This morning, I put my makeup on and did some generous sprays of this setting spray. Then, I went into the 100+ degree heat and demonstrated a short workout at an outdoor event. Despite drinking as much water as I could handle, I overheated quickly and EMS had to come to my rescue. Between my boyfriend and EMS, there was a small crowd around me: literally pouring ice water on me; mopping my face and neck with cold towels; pressing ice packs on me. This continued for a while and I was sure that my makeup was gone, but this spray kept my face mostly intact!

    If this spray can keep my makeup on through an encounter with EMS and being essentially submerged in ice water, it can keep yours on through your (hopefully less eventful) day!" —Bugaboo

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. A waterproof Kindle that'll save you trips to the library with e-books sent directly to the device! Then you can practice some ~self-care~ by reading in the bath without putting yourself in a Final Destination sitch.


    So many people don't know you can have library books sent to your e-reader!!! (My mom even uses my NY library login in NC to read books on her Kindle.) Oh and this new version is lighter, thinner, and has 2x the storage of older Kindle models. You can also use it with Audible and Bluetooth headphones so you can listen to your story.

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in 8 or 32 GB).

    6. A drawstring makeup bag so you can put on your face (without spilling powder everywhere!) in all sorts of places.


    And it's waterproof!

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in 11 colors).

    7. A compact vibrating alarm clock for dragging yourself out of bed for your morning run without disturbing your bed partner. Or just for work. Period.

    Promising review: "This has been a tremendous help! I didn't want a loud obnoxious alarm to go off and wake my newborn baby, so I researched and there are some very expensive vibrating alarm clocks out there but this one worked great! I've had it for several months now with no complaints!!" —Volprincess24

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    8. Phonesoap, a gadget you spotted on Shark Tank that'll sanitize *and* charge your phone at the same time.


    Promising review: "What a perfect gadget for getting your phone clean. After touching who knows what while commuting to work and it being that time of year everyone around you gets sick this comes in handy. After the first use it looked great and then I wiped it down with the sponge that came with. I feel so much better about using my phone now." —Crystal Gardener

    Get it from Amazon for $79.94 (available in nine colors).

    9. A universal diffuser you can pack and use on any ole' hotel dryer so you can save space and finally become one of those people who just packs a carry-on.


    Promising review: "I bought this to travel overseas with so I didn't have to buy a converter for my own hair dryer. It's awesome because it fits on any hair dryer and was perfect for the one they offered in the hotel. I am very picky about diffusers and was wondering if this would be something I even liked, but I think I'll continue to use it on my regular hair dryer now that I'm back home." —Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    10. And a budget-friendly blow dry primer that reviewers say cut their drying time in half. HALF!


    Promising review: "It totally works! The spray smells amazing and cut my drying time in half. I was actually shocked how quickly my hair dried. I have long, thick, color treated and naturally wavy hair. Usually takes me 20 minutes to blow dry with a flat and large round brush and my dry bar blow dryer. Using this primer I was done in 10 minutes flat. For the price I’d highly recommend giving it a try. Totally worth it!" —EllieDox

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

    11. A gram-worthy vitamin subscription tailored to your needs and delivered to your door in daily packets so you never have to worry about skipping a day or running low on your supply.

    You simply take a quiz about your needs and Care/of handles the rest. One of my coworkers swears by the service and you can read all about it in our review of Care/of vitamins.

    Check out pricing from Care/of for $5+/month.

    12. Extremely grippy hair ties to keep your sweaty mane in a ponytail or bun as intended while you welcome sweet death in brutal workout classes.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    If these things stay put while I'm dying on a stationary bike in an indoor cycling class, I'm sure they'll do the same for you! Check out our review of Goody SlideProof hair ties for all the sweaty deets.

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    13. A comfy travel pillow that folds up like a scarf, will keep your neck warm, and has a built-in brace that you can adjust to the perfect angle for your preferred sleeping angle.


    I swear by mine for flights, including a recent round trip between NYC and London. I'm a terrible sleeper in my own bed even but this pillow lets me get in some quality sleep while up in the air, which is something that was next to impossible before. PLUS, you can remove the cover and wash it!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49+ (available in a variety of colors).

    14. An RFID-blocking wallet with a slim bi-fold design and flip-up ID window for quicker identification. And it won't bulk up your back pocket thanks to its ~slim~ design.


    Promising review: "I'd been looking for an RFID-shielded wallet to replace the cumbersome sleeves I'd been using to protect and store credit cards. I've only had it for a short time but I love this wallet. It looks nice, is RFID shielded, and when packed with all my stuff, give a smaller thinner profile making it easier to insert and remove from my pocket." —R. Fisch

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in eight colors).

    15. And while you're on the go, an RFID-blocking passport wallet with room for all your cards, boarding passes, and, of course, your passport. No more scrambling while you're waiting in line for customs.,

    Promising review: "Love these passport holders, have bought one for myself and my husband. You do have to take your passport out while going thru customs but this cover makes it so easy to recognize your passport vs. your spouse's or children's at a glance. And they come in so many colors everyone can pick their favorite!" —6footSarah

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in 21 colors).

    16. A Mobile Passport app that'll let you skip the line entering the U.S. where you enter info into a machine thanks to a QR code. This bb saved me ~30 minutes waiting in line after a recent international flight!

    Apple Store

    Mobile Passport let U.S. passport holders and Canadian visitors to save time during the entry process at more than 29 major U.S. airports and cruise ports! Securely submit your passport and customs declaration form and access designated lanes in the inspection area. You'll see signs that say Mobile Passport that you can follow. Here's to getting to the baggage carousel so much faster! The regular version (where you have to enter your info each time) is free, but you can upgrade for $15.99/year or $5.99/month to save your info.

    Get it from the Apple Store for free.

    17. A weighted blanket with changeable seasonal covers can help keep you cool during the summer and toasty in the winter. Here's to a more restful sleep and no more swapping when the seasons change!


    Promising review: "I have had the blanket for 10 days now and can't believe the difference. I have slept well every night, which is amazing for me. I have problems with restlessness, anxiety, and waking up often. I had no idea what to expect but it has helped me in all these areas." —LeRoy Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99+ (available in nine sizes and three colors).

    18. Packing cubes to help you squeeze more items into that carry-on and locate that pair of shorts you want to wear to the beach today so much faster. I have a similar set and was able to pack for nearly two weeks in Greece with these in a backpack and carry-on suitcase! These things are the way, the truth, and the light!


    Lots of reviewers also designate a cube for each member of the family to cut down on the amount of luggage for the family.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $17.99 (available in 11 colors).

    19. And a TSA-approved carry-on backpack with a trio of packing cubes you can pack like a suitcase if you'd rather experience the local sites than wait by the luggage carousel.


    Promising review: "My husband and I got two of these for a five-week trip around Europe and they were champions! We easily packed all our fun stuff and a week's worth of clothes and even had some room for small souvenirs. Very durable. Water-resistant, not waterproof. Easy to pack and still find things. Would absolutely recommend." —KC VanNu

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in 18 color combos and also as the backpack without cubes).

    20. A kitchen scale for precise measurements and conversions etched onto the surface so you can make a tricky recipe right the first time.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $13.93.

    21. A six-pack of chic scarf scrunchies that'll help you buy another day — no, a week! — of dirty hair before you absolutely need to do a wash.


    Get them from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two combos).

    22. A clear tote to hold all your regular purse things when it's time to go to a concert or game with a strict bag policy. Checking your bag or shoving everything into coat pockets is never as good of an idea as it sounds.


    Meets NFL and PGA bag requirements.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    23. Or a stylish purse clearly inspired by Chanel if you still wanna keep it FASHION when you're pulling for your team.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    Another BuzzFeed shopping writer owns and loves this. Get all the deets in our review for this clear purse.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in four colors).

    24. No-show socks for when you want to bare a lil' ankle or rock some flats with jeans and can't be bothered with those bullshit "no-show" socks that slip off your heel with the first step.


    Get a pair from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in black, fits women's shoe sizes 6–11).

    25. A MakeupEraser cloth to help them take off a full face without using tons of disposable cloths or ruining their nice washcloths. I should know, I swear by these things! Be gone mascara-streaked pillowcases!


    I can personally attest that these things get off all of your makeup, unlike disposable wipes. I wear three(!) kinds of waterproof mascara, long-lasting liquid foundation, and a whole other mess of makeup every day, and I use these on the reg. But if my word isn't good enough for you, we tested and determined it as the mid-price pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (and check out all the colors).

    26. A sparkling water maker — it'll help you reclaim your time spent lugging cartons of LaCroix from the store to your car trunk to your home. And if you're all about The Claw, perhaps you can spike your home creations with something from the bar cart ;)


    This SodaStream kit includes the sparking water maker, two 60L CO2 cylinders, three 1-liter carbonating bottles, and lime and orange fruit drops.

    Promising review: "This is the second Soda stream i have bought. I got this one as a gift. I really cant express how nice having this in my house has been. I love sparkling water and I bet I am saving $30-40 a month by making my own. Controlling the level of fizz is nice, as my husband and I prefer different amounts. The fact that they now come in gorgeous colors is just a plus. Great buy!" —Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99 (available in three colors).

    27. Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick that'll last through gulps of coffee and greasy desk lunches so you'll have to touch up maybe once during the day. Trust me, I KNOW.


    This is tried and tested be ME, Elizabeth Lilly! Seriously though, this Smashbox formula looks "velvety" (as described by friends) and stays put throughout the day, even when I'm drinking four cups of coffee and shoveling as many office snacks as possible into my face.

    Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in 28 colors).

    28. A press-and-go ice tea maker for helping you avoid making a pit stop at the coffee shop for your fave bev.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99 (also available in teal).

    29. A beverage cooler can turn whatever you pour into it *ice cold* in just one minute!

    The Grommet

    It chills hot coffee by up to 130+ degrees in 60 seconds without dilution and also works on whiskey, wine, iced tea, etc. Oh, and it's dishwasher-safe!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    30. A food chopper and slicer with seven cutting blades that'll make chopping veggies a quick, easy task in comparison to doing it by hand.


    includes seven interchangeable blades and a 1.2-quart catch tray. Cut-resistant gloves (like those shown) are not included, but recommended.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    31. A motion-activated purse light for tracking down your fave pen that much faster when you have to sign autographs ;).


    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    32. And a felt purse organizer to keep your essentials in order as you quickly move it from one bag to another on rushed mornings.


    It has 13 pockets and a detachable wallet pocket and key chain.

    Promising review: "I have a Lily Jade Meggan diaper bag and this fits perfectly! It allows me to use my bag as a diaper bag, as well as my work bag. Organizes everything from cameras to food pouches to wallets to even my work laptop. Love it!" —Munchkin Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88 (available in 12 colors and three sizes).

    33. A holy grail Instant Pot (and cookbook!) for the easiest meal prep *ever* thanks to dump dinners that cook while you're at work during the day. (Warning: The pizza place might do a wellness check on you.)


    It works as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, and warmer. Pinterest has been all about the Instant Pot for a few years and you should really hop on this bandwagon. Just check out a BuzzFeeder's review and Instant Pot recipes that'll basically cook themselves. Still unconvinced? Look at all the yummy Amazon reviewer photos.

    Promising review: "I love this machine. I got it as a Christmas gift to myself and it's the best money I've ever spent. I'm on an elimination diet for my autoimmune disease. It means that I have to cook all my food myself. I CANNOT eat out. That is a huge amount of time and prep and work. This little machine is a lifesaver. There's a bit of a learning curve figuring out how long things need to go, and how to adapt recipes from slow cookers and oven braising to work under pressure, but once you figure it out, it's such a huge time saver. Plus it does so many different things. Such a time saver, and so delicious." —CelesteEden

    Get it from Amazon for $49+ (available in three sizes).

    34. And some bag holders to make those dump dinners even better once you discover the magic of freezer meals you can prep a month in advance and then toss in the Instant Pot.


    Promising review: "These are sturdy stands that can be adjusted easily to fit from the size of a sandwich bag to a gallon bag. I made spaghetti gravy and didn't worry that the bag was going to come unclipped. Made my freezer meal planning day go by much quicker. Happy with this product. My sister liked them as well (first time meal planning for her), so I will be purchasing more so she can have her own set to do meal planning at home." —colleen c.

    Get two from Amazon for $12.97.

    35. A super slim external battery as a backup when you're trying to finish typing up an email for class while on the bus and they're at 10%. Hell, buy two! They're that useful.


    Has enough power to provide two charges to an iPhone 6s or at least one to a Galaxy S7. Includes the PowerCore 5000, travel pouch, Micro-USB cable, welcome guide, and 18-month warranty.

    Promising reviews: "I bought this during the height of the Pokemon Go release craze, and it worked great for keeping my phone alive so I could try and find something other than Pidgeys. I don't play anymore but it still works as a good life extender while on long flights between my two work offices." —Kim Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors).

    36. Or a super stylish wireless charging pad for Qi-enabled devices that won't mess up your sartorial choices of the day when you whip it out in a time of need.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $69.95 (available in two colors).

    37. A bidet attachment for your toilet for a quicker, better clean instead of going through half a roll of TP on, um, substantial visits.


    We reviewed the best toilet paper on BuzzFeed Reviews and recommend this for our highest price point for efficiency's sake. And it's an easy install on your toilet. Even for renters!

    Get it from Amazon for $34.50+ (available in two colors).

    38. A Poo-Pourri travel pack can help your nervous bowels feel better about going in public and then moving on with your life.


    These travel bottles are super tiny and will fit in your pocket or palm. TRUST ME, this stuff really works.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.50 (also available in a full-size bottle).

    39. A spinning makeup brush cleaner that'll get those brushes you drag across your expensive palettes and then fluff on your face cleaner, faster because cleaning them tbh is all too time-consuming the OG way.


    You simply dunk the brush in the bowl, spin to clean, and then spin to dry. Includes a brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars, glass bowl, and bowl splash guard.

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    40. An egg cooker for whipping up a nutritious breakfast on hurried mornings or making an effortless omelette for a weeknight meal.


    Promising review: "I eat a lot of hard-boiled eggs and was looking for a quick and easy way to cook them that didn't use a lot of energy or space and was easy to clean-up. This cute, little, unassuming device is the perfect solution! Set it and forget it, and when it's done, turn it off, let it sit for one minute, and then put the eggs in a bowl of ice water. The eggs are cooked perfectly and peeling is a breeze." —coldblood4vt

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five colors).

    41. A Google Home Hub in case you want to watch the recipes unfold before you while using both hands. Or need help with recreating a lil' contouring magic you saw on Instagram.

    Google Store

    A voice-controlled, smart display device featuring the brains of the Google Assistant, so you can access critical information about your day and watch videos like beauty tutorials from Sephora, an explainer on how to cut a pineapple, and so much more. BUT there is no camera on it, in case you're worried about that! Word to the herd: If you buy it from Sephora you can rack up those Beauty Insider points. Cha-ching!

    Get it from Sephora for Sephora or the Google Store for $79.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

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