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37 Things For Anyone Working From Home Who Is Easily Distracted

Including a daily planner with tear-off pages *perfect* for anyone who wants a work-life balance friendly way to plan.

1. A pair of compression gloves designed to help alleviate pain from carpal tunnel and arthritis, so you can type at your keyboard without an internal monologue of "ow OW ow owwwww" for the majority of your workday.

Promising review: "I love these gloves, I’m actually wearing them right now. I am a degree in computer science which means that I’m constantly using my hands to code and mess around on computers. I use a computer at home and at work. By the end of the day my hands are sore and they hurt. These gloves work miracles. Before bed I put these on and I wear them all night. I get a good night's sleep when I wear them and I can tell when I forget to put them on because I sleep awful. I also like how easy it is to wash them. I hand wash but I’ll admit a couple of times I’ve just thrown in the washing machine because I was too tired to hand wash and they turn out completely fine, literally the same as if I would’ve hand washed. I’m 26 and I wear these gloves. My grandma is 69 and she wears these gloves. We both love these gloves very much!" —BritMcConnell

Get a pair from Amazon for $8.97 (available in three sizes).

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

A small circular dial sign you can turn to say
A reviewer photo of the sign stuck to a door

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 $9.95 (available in two colors).

3. 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
reviewer image of torn off planner day with it filled out

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

Promising review: "These notepads helped me reframe and focus everyday working from home during the pandemic. I used to use a daily planner but working from home changed how I need to plan my work tasks, and personal tasks. I found this helpful for both!" —kristenjoann

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

4. 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
Amazon

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).

5. 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 🌈.

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.

6. 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.

The soundproofing strip installed on a door
A reviewer showing the insulation on the strip

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 $6.77 (available in two colors).

7. 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.

BuzzFeed editor holding up the gum packets
BuzzFeed editor holding up a piece of gum
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!

8. 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
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.

Promising review: "I love it, great quality and most importantly it works! Delivery drivers were always knocking on our door making our dogs bark. My oldest dog has diabetes and the knocking always gets her worked up. But ever since we put this up, they only ring our Ring doorbell. Thank you so much 🙏🏽" —Bonita

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

Psst — this shop offers ✨free shipping✨ !

9. A set of affordable, highly popular (seriously, these have over 150,000 five-star reviews) wireless Bluetooth earbuds so you can block out distracting noise during the day. These are also super handy for ~walk and talkers~ — you can easily pace around the room during phone calls to stay energized and focused.

These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for 4+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof and waterproof so you can use them during workouts or runs and even in the shower, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. 

Promising review: "The earbuds worked seamlessly and well out of the box. I use them while hiking the hills with my dogs and when working at my desk – I can still hear outside noises when needed for safety, but can listen to music without disturbing others. The earbuds are comfortable even during exercise, and they fit securely. Using the earbuds as a headset with my cellphone is easy as well. I do have to experiment with how they handle the Google assistant. The audio quality is at least stereo hi-fi, and the earbuds paired easily with both my phone and laptop. Wireless charging and having a large backup power source for the phone are terrific features." –Jawpar

Get it from Amazon $29.99+ (available in five colors).

10. 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.

A model wearing the AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro in their case
Amazon

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 $197

11. 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.

mug of coffee on the black warmer pad
Amazon

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.

12. 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
Amazon

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 $37 (available in eight colors).