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    32 Things For Anyone Working From Home Who Is Easily Distracted

    Sometimes you just gotta let a pack of caffeinated gum take the wheel.

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    1. A privacy sign meant for offices that can actually be an effective (and cheeky) way to let your family know if you need quiet.


    Promising review: "I work from home, and if you do too you may also encounter this odd scenario: merely closing the door to one’s office is not actually a reliable method to let others know you are working. I can’t say enough good things about this sign. It is a far better design and quality than expected at this price point. The sign is a dial-style, and really sturdy. The dial even has a click-in-place feature to prevent your status from accidentally moving when the door swings shut. Gone are the days of people thinking you’re available when you’re not! Well, at least you have forewarned them! I am extremely happy with the sign, and can recommend it to anyone who might need a little extra assistance in deterring work interruptions!" —Conscious Consumer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in two colors).

    2. An adorably encouraging daily planner you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake — an easy way to keep yourself on track when you don't have an office setting doing it for you.

    A blank page of the planner

    Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

    Promising review: "Super cute and helpful. Exactly what I needed to help me stay on track with working at home during this quarantine." —Arline

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. Or for the ~big picture~ thinkers, a weekly notepad to remind you of what the top priorities for each day are, so you don't feel as overwhelmed (and tempted to procrastinate) while powering through them.

    A notepad with space to write under for each weekday and next week's goals

    Promising review: "I carry a weekly planner in my bag for scheduling appointments, meetings, classes, etc. Then on Sunday night or Monday morning, I transfer everything from the planner to a sheet from this pad. It stays sitting on the counter in my kitchen where I can easily jot down errands, groceries, etc either in the extra space or on the back. At first this seemed like an unnecessary duplication of effort, so I was looking for a better solution, but I've realized over the past couple of weeks that this really works for me. It helps me get all my commitments for the week out of the planner and into my head so that I know what I've got on my plate." —Toledo

    Get it from Amazon for $8.10 (available in 15 list styles).

    4. Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can — gasp — color code your tasks, putting a fun twist on them that makes it all the more motivating to stay focused 🌈.

    Fine point pens in 18 different colors

    Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they're designed not to bleed through thin pages!

    Promising review: "I bought these pens during quarantine, not expecting much, considering they are quite inexpensive. I've used well-known brand marker/pens in the past, and didn't want to pay much for markers I'd use for coloring. I was concerned about the tips bending or bleeding, but I was completely wrong and am very satisfied with this product! They do not bleed, and the tips are strong and thin. I use these pens for coloring, hand lettering, and note taking, and they're exactly what I was looking for! The only regret I have is that I did not order the larger pack with more colors!!" —Michael Fanizzi

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. An insulated soundproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door so you and your roommate can both be on a Skype call without hearing each other's coworkers echoing in the distance.

    Psst — this insulated strip also stops air conditioning from escaping out of the crack under the door, saving energy and money!

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation. I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in two colors).

    6. A pack of NeuroGum made with a blend of caffeine and nootropics, designed to give you energy five times faster than regular coffee — without jitters or sluggishness afterward. That 3 p.m. WFH slump when you suddenly have the attention span of a goldfish just met its match.

    Kayla Suazo/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I work from home and get easily distracted but this gum gives me the energy and focus that I need to get going. The caffeine is from natural green tea which I like. I get also get my daily dose of vitamin B-12." —Christine Nguyen

    Get a nine-pack with six pieces of gum each from Amazon for $21 (available in Mint and Cinnamon).

    You can read BuzzFeed Shopping editor Kayla Suazo's full review of NeuroGum for more deets!

    7. A pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones to drown out the apocalyptic sounds of your roomie opening their Sun Chips during the day. These are also super handy for ~walk and talkers~ — you can easily pace around the room during phone calls and take care of other tasks.

    A model in teal over-the-ear headphones

    Plus, the charge on these is no joke — in Bluetooth mode, they get around 30 hours of play time!

    Promising review: "With the recent pandemic, I've been having to work from home and so has my husband. These noise-canceling headphones are perfect for blocking out his business calls and for focusing in on the zoominar presenters. They've been a great quality product at a very reasonable price." —K.T.

    Get them from Amazon for $50.99+ (available in seven colors).

    8. Or a pair of AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case, if you're looking to invest in a hands-free, ridiculously effective noiseproof option. Once these toggle into "noise-canceling" mode it's basically like the world disappeared.


    I have a pair of these, and they're not playing around. Once they're securely in your ear, you can toggle the headphones between noise-cancelling and regular sound, depending on your situation. I've been working from home, and the noise-cancelling is so effective that I can work next to a window where my neighbor is doing heavy construction and I don't hear anything louder than a faint buzzing. It's quieter than if I'd just plugged my ears with my own fingers. I'm also a runner, and these don't budge when you're sweating, which is nice. It's also handy that these toggle out of noise cancellation mode, because I feel better being able to hear traffic and other people around me when I'm out and about. The TL;DR is I love these so much I have zero interest in owning another pair of headphones for as long as I live.

    Promising review: "Debated on spending the money for these. Finally just buckled down and got these and LOVE THEM. I love how I can open the case next to my iPhone and a picture pops up telling me about battery life. They were already hooked up to my phone — I didn't have to do anything (major plus for a non-techie like me). I've had zero issues with them cutting out. I typically use them when I'm mowing the lawn and listen to podcasts. When I have the noise cancellation on, I CAN'T HEAR THE MOWER. They're comfy, easy to put in, and I loooooooove not having the wire tethering me to the phone in my pocket when I'm trying to mow. No more getting tangled up when I grab the handle. Never cuts out. Sound is GREAT. (Chucked my Bose for these. Don't even miss them.)" —Traveler

    Get it from Amazon for $234.95.

    9. A mug warmer that'll keep your coffee piping hot long after you brew it, because nothing shatters your attention span quite like going back to the microwave five times every morning.

    A mug of coffee on top of the black mug warmer pad

    Promising review: "I am currently working from home and I make tea at every hour of every day. I used to own a Mr. Coffee and had lost it during transition of moving so I HAD to get another one. I’m so glad that I did because now my tea stays warm throughout work. There is no adjustment to high and low but I prefer things simple. You just switch it on and it stays on. The plate gets pretty hot which makes my cup hot at the bottom. No issue for me because I don’t have children. I prefer warm tea over piping hot or freezing cold. This little device is my best friend and it’s great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that loves a 'just right' cup of anything." —Cecy R.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    10. An adjustable, portable standing desk so you can break up the monotony of your day by standing for a bit and getting the blood flowing to your legs. Also a great solution if your desk is a little too low for comfort!

    Reviewer image of a laptop propped on an adjustable metal stand on a desk

    Promising review: "One of the best health investments of the year for me. This is so simple, yet so much thought must have went into designing it to make it stable, lightweight, ergonomic and sharp-looking. A terrific under-$40 investment. If you're considering one of those $400+ standing desks, I would highly advise to give this standing laptop desk a shot first. I feel great standing up a few hours a day while tasking away and working hard. Great invention!" —Ben Grablachoff

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    11. A 42-page Rocketbook Fusion reusable notebook to keep you on task no matter *what* your organization style happens to be. This notebook includes lined and grid pages in addition to planner, calendar, and brainstorming pages, so it pretty much covers any of your WFH needs.

    A model writing in the planner page of a Rocket notebook

    It works the same way all their products do — you can write on its pages the way you would a regular notebook, upload the page onto your devices, and wipe the notebook clean with water to use all over again.

    Promising review: "Loving using less paper. Got this product when transitioning to work from home. I am a math teacher and was using a lot of paper to write notes and to do lists, show students how to do problems, etc. This is amazing. Thinking about getting a class set for next year." —Alecia Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $21.77 (available in eight colors).

    12. A low-impact under-the-desk elliptical both for champion fidgeters who want an easy way to keep their legs occupied, and for people who get distracted by aches and pains from sitting in one position all day — this can help keep you loose.


    It also comes with a digital display that tracks time, speed, and distance, as well as eight different modes of resistance, so you can tailor it exactly to your needs.

    Promising review: "No assembly required! Took right out of the box and put it under my desk. Spend long hours on the computer and suffer from hip and leg pain. Use the exerciser on and off all day especially first think in the morning to loosen up joints. Felt the different in just a couple of days. Just what I needed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $139.98.

    13. A set of Monkey Noodles, a quiet sensory toy that stretches, pulls, twirls, wraps, *and* squeezes, so you can keep your restless self on task during those endless Zoom calls that feel like you just aged six years in an hour.

    Reviewer image of five long noodle-shaped toys in different colors

    Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite fidget! I’m an adult with autism and ADHD. I carry one around with me everywhere I go. It definitely assists me in staying calm/still while I’m at work. I’ve recommended it to several friends!" —KaelynnVP

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. Or a big ole set of sensory fidget toys perfect for anyone who wants to stay on task, but gets easily bored fidgeting with the same thing over and over.

    The toys laid out

    Each set comes with two flip chains, a liquid motion timer, a peek-a-boo squeeze bean, three marble and mesh toys, six stretchy strings, three beaded stress balls, six spiky balls, one snap and click snake, one basketball stress ball and one Rubix cube.

    Promising review: "Great product!! This box was delivered last week. It contains a lot of fun toys that I’ve never seen before and looks pretty cool. It definitely worth the price. And the toys are all in high quality and can help releasing pressure after a long work day. I would recommend this toy box to anyone who works under high pressure." —Lkl

    Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $23.95.

    15. An Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon's most popular Alexa-enabled device, because it comes equipped with a new "Work From Home" routine. You can personally tailor it to have Alexa remind you when to start your day, when to take breaks, when to eat, when to start making dinner, and — most importantly!! — when to log the heck off.

    A white circular Amazon Echo dot on a table

    Also?? Sometimes you just need to have a coworker who tells you weird jokes and warns you when it's about to rain and is always up-to-date on the latest world news. This lil' Echo can help fill the coworker-shaped void in your WFH heart.

    Similar to other Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Show 5 responds to voice commands and can be synced with Audible, Amazon Music, Amazon Video, and other apps and programs like Spotify, iTunes, and NPR.

    Promising review: "It's small and looks great. Great quality. And for such a low price, it does so much. And now during the stay at home days of the pandemic and working from home, it keeps me entertained all day!" —ADELA

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    16. A set of adjustable desk shelves to organize your professional knickknacks and make your WFH space feel put together, so you won't get anxious and distracted about clutter.

    A set of desk shelves in a light wood that fit several books, plants, and desk accessories

    Promising review: "Working from home I needed something to organize my work essentials so I didn’t feel like my table was just a mess of stuff. This is better than I expected. It’s cute, it makes access to what I need easier and I’m able to have things organized. Even after I’m able to go back to the office I can see use for this for many things!" —Jennifer

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    17. Plus a chic, waterproof desk mat to tie your desk space together and make it feel more like there's a "place" for everything, so you're not moving stuff all over the desk during the day.,

    As an added bonus, all the colors are reversible, so you can change your desk vibe with the season.

    Promising review: "It's a really beautiful desk pad. I love that the colors are reversible. Right now loving the purple for winter, but will switch to the pink side in the summer. Makes my work desk look more colorful and pretty! It feels like a good quality mat. The stitches surrounding the border are sewn on evenly and not cheap-looking. The feel is soft but durable. When I unrolled the mat, it flattened out easily and nicely without any creases or having to put heavy weights on the corners to flatten it out (unlike another similar desk pad brand that I bought for my home desk). As for function, I like that it also acts as a mouse pad for my mouse. Writing on paper with it underneath is not a problem, writing still feels smooth. Overall I love this beautiful mat." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six color combinations).

    18. A set of blue-light blocking glasses ideal for anyone whose WFH setup involves a lot of time in front of their computer — these protect your eyes from the type of of light in screens that can mess with your sleep cycles, making you even more prone to distraction during the day.,

    Promising review: "I purchased this item because I work from home and I am constantly look at a computer screen. My eyes were getting strained from always looking at a screen and knew I needed to add something to my routine. I purchased this for me and my boyfriend and they work AMAZING! Not to mention stylish." —Beth

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.98 (available in seven color combinations).

    19. A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you'll finally stop feeling compelled to get up every five minutes because of the love-hate relationship with your chair.

    A reviewer's swivel office chair with a memory foam cushion resting on it

    Promising review: "I've purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined-at-home desk job. Highly recommend." —Bellarosa555

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

    20. Or a stability ball to help with posture and back pain, which can seriously take a hit both to your productivity *and* your last nerve.

    A purple stability ball

    TBH, a lot of people find that this is a good chair for working from home to help with posture and back pain!

    Promising review: "I got this ball to use as an alternative to a desk chair rather than to exercise with. I love it so much. Sturdy as can be and I've actually used it for hours on end straight and I feel safe and stable. If I had the motivation, I'd definitely work out with this ball!" —HM

    Get it from Target for $14.99 (available in three sizes).

    (Psst — the 55 cm ball is recommended for heights 5-foot to 5-foot-5, the 65 cm ball for heights 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-11, and the 75 cm ball for heights 6-foot to 6-foot-5.)

    21. An always-handy smart plug you can sync with your devices like Alexa and Google Home to turn things on and off without getting up to do it yourself — a godsend when you're the kind of person who can't get up to fix the AC without playing with the dog, then also making a snack, then also checking the mail ... (been there, procrastinated that).

    A small white plug next to the app you can use to control it

    You can also control the devices plugged into it via an app, which will turn items on and off no matter where you are. Plus, if you live in a big household, you can set up the app on multiple devices so everyone will be able to sync with them.

    Promising review: "This smart plug is much easier setup than what my experience. Works well with Google Assistant. Especially right now working from home making us more lazy than before. I like this!" —Geno

    Get it from Amazon for $19.54.

    22. A polite but firm door sign for anyone whose pets are just as distractible as they are — truly, dog owners are all one innocent door knock away from having their entire afternoon derailed by someone who thinks they're going to get an extra W-A-L-K.

    Wooden sign that says "We are working from home, please do not knock, easily distracted pets inside"
    JK Vinyl & Wood Design/Etsy

    JK Vinyl & Wood Design is family-owned Etsy shop established in 2016 that specializes in home items like mugs, signs, decals, earrings, and more.

    Get it from JK Vinyl & Wood Design on Etsy for $12.95+ (available in two sizes).

    Psst — this shop offers ✨free shipping✨ !

    23. A white noise machine that makes a constant pfshhhhhh noise or nature sounds to help mask outside noises like construction or your neighbor's Netflix queue.

    A hand-sized white noise machine on a bedside table

    This compact machine has six noise modes: White Noise, Thunder, Ocean, Rain, Summer Night, and Brook. You can either have it make the noise continuously until you shut it off, or designate it to make noise for 15, 30, or 60 minutes.

    Promising review: "As we're all on COVID alert and working from home, I don't have a 'quiet space' from which to work. So I bought this to drown out the sounds of the TV and other every noise at home. Works great. Can just leave it on or switch to the time mode if using it for sleep. The sounds are pretty continuous so you can't easily identify when the loop starts over again." —db

    Get it from Amazon for $20.08.

    24. A roll-on migraine stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to help you soothe away that vague headache you sometimes get from sitting in one place for too long (Big Work From Home Mood, y'all).

    Reviewer holding up the stick

    Promising review: "This stuff is my go-to fix when I feel a migraine coming on. I suffer from sinus headaches and migraines usually once or twice a week. This product I put on each temple, under my nose and on my wrists when I feel the pressure starting and it cuts the pain to a minimum. It seems to stop the worst pain before it has a chance to start. Thank you for a great product! I will buy again and again!" —Brenton1985

    Read BuzzFeed's review of the migraine stick for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    25. A set of adhesive cable clips you can stick to your desk to keep your charging cables locked in one convenient place, so your desk doesn't become a veritable jungle of cords won't distract you every time you somehow get your limbs tangled in them.

    A model showing the adhesive of the clip sticking to a desk, then pinching a wire so it stays in place

    Promising review: "It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!" —Nelis Perez

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.97.

    26. A popular tabletop fan with a low hum to help with any ambient or background noise that might bother you, and also let a ~cool breeze~ into your space.

    A white circular personal fan on a counter

    I got this model a few years back because my A/C is terrible — it's just a touch louder than other fans, but the noise is very consistent and soothing, and helps smooth away background noise without like ROARRRING like a white noise machine. The three speeds are nice, too — the air flow is very soft on the lower settings, and not too harsh on the highest one,.

    Promising review: "I am beyond impressed. This little thing really kicks out the air, and for a good bit of distance, too! I also like the small footprint. I am one of those people who 'has' to have moving air on my face pretty much all the time; an offshoot of claustrophobia, I think. I also have tinnitus, so I like so-called 'white noise.' I might wish this fan was just a wee bit louder; it's really quite quiet. But on high it will does fine for sleeping. All the speeds work well and are useful for various times of day/conditions. No clicking, clacking, grinding, scraping or whoppa-whoppa noises. Just the sound of air moving. At night I place it on the floor about four feet from my bed and can angle the breeze so it blows on me. Even if I turn my face away to the wall I can still feel the breeze and the air bounces back off the wall so I still get my 'air in the face' effect." —emeleste

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    27. A thick privacy curtain divider for anyone who's sharing home office space with — well, the whole rest of your home. You may not be able to have a room all to yourself, but this is designed to muffle noise from the other side (and is so opaque you won't even be able to see the outline of a person on the other side of it).

    Two beds in a bedroom divided by a thick white hanging curtain on a rod

    Promising review: "Room divider has worked well for separating my office/bedroom from the living room. The curtains were easy to put on the curtain rod I bought and give the privacy desired. They are the perfect length and are not see-through." —J. Berkowitz

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in five colors and seven sizes).

    Psst — if you're looking for effective ways to hang it, you can get a curtain rod and ceiling rod brackets on Amazon as well.

    28. A set of super comfy wax ear plugs that mold to the shape of your inner ear like putty, in case you don't like listening to music during work but still want a way to block out distracting noise.

    TBH, I swear by these so aggressively that I have them on a subscription. They're like ear glue. My apartment is on a busy street and my upstairs neighbor is a noisy human being (does this count as a subtweet??) and once I pop these babies in I can barely hear a thing. Plus, my ears never get sore with these in like they do with headphones or other earplugs.

    Promising review: "Love these! I'm a super light sleeper so have to wear earplugs nightly. But after using foam ones regularly for over a year my ears were constantly irritated, sore and throbbing. I have small ears and even the foam plugs made for women and small ears just killed me. Finally, my ENT recommended these. I'll never go back to foam! I've been wearing these every night for seven months now with no pain." —Happy kitty mama

    Get a pack of six pairs from Amazon for $3.96.

    29. A popular lemongrass eucalyptus candle with a scent profile designed to help you focus and stay energized — ideal for anyone whose morning coffee isn't *quite* keeping them on task.

    A green "Awaken + Invigorate" candle

    TBH, even if the scent doesn't magically keep you focused, something about the ritual of lighting a candle might help you put yourself into ~work mode~ in a way that other cues might not.

    Promising review: "This is by far the best candle I have purchased. I love the lemongrass eucalyptus scent. I originally purchased it to repel mosquitoes and then read that it has so many other benefits. The smell is fresh and invigorating. I have already purchased two and will purchase more in the future!" —Karine B.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three sizes and as a diffuser).

    30. A productivity timer you can pretty much use as your designated babysitter — it can be set to any number of minutes within an hour, so you know when your designated "breaks" are, and can try to train yourself to get as much done as you can in those bursts before you let yourself be intentionally distracted.

    A model adjusting the time on a small square-shaped blue clock

    A popular way of doing this would be to set the time for 50 minutes, so then you work work work for that stretch and then take the ten minutes at the top of the hour for other tasks like checking Instagram or answering texts. Then you can restart the timer and do it again. If anything, it's just sometimes a reminder of what you can get done in a certain amount of time if you block distractions out, which will motivate you to *keep* working that way.

    Promising review: "I’m a newly discovered ADHD adult and use this to keep myself moving along tasks through the day. Set goals, hurry, move on. I’m self employed and many days work from computer with headphones on. While the beeper on this is loud on the hi setting, it is no match for noise cancelling headphones. So I took it apart, soldered and drilled in a super bright LED bulb in the corner of the dial face. And now it is peeerfect." —Atkins

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

    31. Or if you want to go all in, a copy of The Pomodoro Technique, written by the popular productivity system's creator. If you're unfamiliar, it basically shows you how to tackle tasks in 30-minute bursts (25-minute intervals, with 5-minute breaks in between) and how you can use that first step to improve not just your productivity, but overall quality of life.

    The cover of the book

    Beyond helping with distractibility, the method aims to reduce anxiety, help with focus, make people more aware of their decision-making processes, increase motivation, and make both short- and long-term goals more manageable. The book highlights the five different stages it takes to help get to that point, all of which have roots in the 25 minutes on/5 minutes off principle.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29 or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $18.35.

    32. A delightfully bendy desk lamp to make your desk area well-lit and inviting, so you'll actually *want* to set to work each day. Psst — this not only charges right up with a USB cord, but will also serve as a port to charge your phone. Behold this glorious intersection of style and function!

    A white desk lamp with a sloped bending stand

    It also comes with three different brightness settings, so you can adjust it as the light in your space changes throughout the day.

    Promising review: "Great little desk lamp. I needed something basic and affordable to add to my desk since I’m working from home. The lamp is bright and has three levels of light settings to access by pushing the on/off button. The USB port is convenient." —K. Otero

    Get it from Amazon for $17.93 (available in four colors).

    All of us buckling down and accomplishing stuff in our slippers and bike shorts from home:

    Warner Bros.

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