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    31 Things You Need If You're Horrible At Concentrating

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    1. A privacy screen filter so you don't get overwhelmed by the feeling that your neighbor is watching you work. Aka nosy deskmates won't be able to read your emails anymore (unless you hit reply all) and you'll be able to focus on your work without looking over your shoulder.


    It *also* blocks UV light and is anti-glare and scratch-resistant! It's available in eight sizes based on standard computer monitors, so be sure to measure/look up your monitor first!

    Promising review: "The privacy screen does exactly what it's supposed to. I no longer have to worry about my co-workers looking at what I am doing with my business. Also I must note that I no longer feel eye strain. This product never mentioned blue light blocking, but I must say I've recommended it to my other colleagues for this relief alone." —Jonathan

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in eight sizes).

    2. A pair of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones that'll block out your cubicle neighbor's incessant chattering when you REALLY need to focus and get things done (like two hours ago). Commence panic mode.

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    Our wireless headphone testers for BuzzFeed Reviews say these are surprisingly comfortable for extended wear — which is great, because they boast 13 hours of playback time.

    Promising review: "I waited over a month to write this review, because I thought there was no way these headphones could actually be this good for the price. But I use them all day every day and I have never been more impressed with headphones under under $50. I have sensitive ears with headphones and am super picky, but these are so comfortable I can sleep in them. Noise reduction is great when something is playing. Overall definitely worth the buy, highly recommend." —Whitney O'Neil

    Get them from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in seven colors).

    See why these won best lowest-priced wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    3. Or! A set of foam earplugs for successfully ignoring noisy people in the office a little more discreetly if you don't want to make it obvious (or have to listen to music).

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    They're also safe and comfortable for sleeping!

    Promising review: "I purchased these ear plugs because I suffer from something called annoying neighbors syndrome. I would liken the sounds coming from below and across from my apartment to that of an auto shop or a construction site, perhaps even an airplane hanger. Therefore, I have resulted to earplugs to ensure I get a somewhat worthwhile night of sleep. The contour capabilities of these ear plugs make them incredibly comfortable to wear. After inserting the ear plugs and allowing them to adjust, silence befell my bedroom. I was able to sleep free from the obnoxious noises that surround my apartment. These will be the only ear plugs I wear from now on." —Emily Buss

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $2.98.

    To learn more, check out "These $6 Earplugs Actually Changed The Way I Sleep".

    4. A pack of mushroom coffee mix, because reviewers say this gives them the same amount of energy as regular cups of joe, but without any jitters or caffeine headaches. If you usually put off work because of midday crashes, this could definitely help give you a better head start.

    One BuzzFeeder described the taste as a "tea-coffee hybrid" and that the mushroom presence is very faint. And! He said this makes him "feel clear-headed, chilled, yet stimulated." Sounds a lot better than my coffee-induced crashes.

    Promising review: "I have no idea if there will legitimately be any real benefits to ingesting these 'super-'mushrooms in my coffee, but what I do know is this: They taste good, and they leave me less jittery than regular coffee. That could be just the result of drinking slightly less coffee in my coffee, but either way, it satisfies my craving for coffee and it tastes good." —Kate O'Neill

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.83 (available in three flavors).

    To learn more about this, check out a BuzzFeeder's full review in "10 Life-Changing Things To Try In May" (#3).

    5. A pair of blue light glasses so you can read emails without a headache (at least from the blue light). They minimize ~digital eye strain~ to prevent midday crashes caused by your glaring screen, so you actually stay in the zone.,

    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!!" —kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in seven colors).

    See a BuzzFeed editor's review on v similar blue light-blocking glasses in "8 Life-Changing Things To Try In December" (#1).

    6. A white noise machine to not only drown out any distracting noises from the street, cubicle mate, dorms, WHEREVER, but get in the zone thanks to its soothing sound. Reviewers swear this helps them concentrate!


    It has ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise variations, including white noise, pink noise and brown noise. Reviewers also use it to sleep better!

    Promising review: "If you are wanting to drown out noise in any environment, this is your solution. I'm sensitive to noise and highly misplaced working in a noisy office. This device has numerous combinations between sound types and volume. I was able to find the perfect mix to drown out the loud people in my office. I'm now able to focus and be much more productive and happier at work." —MB

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in four colors and in two styles).

    7. A productivity timer that'll help you balance your tasks and breaks. You work for thirty minutes and chill out for five minutes — studying is manageable when there's light at the end of the tunnel.


    You can use it for the Pomodoro technique!

    Promising review: "As a musician and computer programmer, there is nothing scarier than an empty page or blank screen. Getting started is always the hardest thing to do when working on a project. In my experiences, I've found that the best thing to curb this fear is to work on one step at a time. That's what I love about this little device; it helps you focus on accomplishing little goals, which ultimately turn into large ones." —Mysteryfish12

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90.

    8. A set of squishy eggs for reducing stress levels if even LOOKING at Excel sends you into a tizzy. They come in three resistance levels to work your way up (and build grip strength) — and can help prevent nervous habits, like nail biting or cuticle picking.

    Promising review: "I work at a desk about 11–12 hours a day with TONS of typing. Since using these, I've noticed less pain and strain in my wrists and hands, and they are also a great stress reliever. I've gotten people at my office hooked. I think they're totally worth the price." —Petite Loeb

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    9. Or! A stainless steel spinner ring, because every time you get stressed and want to pick or bite, you can fidget with this instead. People say this serves as a great distraction for releasing any restlessness!


    Promising review: "I've had this ring for about two weeks now and just had to write a review. I've had the nervous/bored habit of picking at my fingers since I was a kid. I can't remember the last time I've not had at least one nail bed torn up and bloody. For people with similar habits, I can't recommend this ring enough. It's a great, non-distracting way to redirect fidgety behaviors. I've worn it every day since receiving it and for the first time in years I have intact nail beds! Every time I catch myself starting to pick at a dry patch of skin or uneven cuticle on my finger, I rotate the ring a few times and the impulse disappears." —KGL

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in sizes 4–12 and six colors).

    10. An all-natural tension relief balm with aromatherapy benefits so you can soothe late afternoon headaches and spend less time rubbing your temples and more time getting your work done. Fluorescent lights have nothing on this.


    Its organic ingredients (chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, extra-virgin olive oil, almond and castor oil, and beeswax) can help alleviate tension, headaches, migraines, and migraine-induced nausea.

    Promising review: "I am so happy. I had a migraine for 11 days then came across this Headache Ease Balm. It has decreased the pain to a mild-medium headache which is a MASSIVE DROP IN MY PAIN. If you have a headache that's driving you nuts buy this it does help. Although I believe in herbal remedies my pain was so bad I didn't think it would help. I am so happy I decided to give it a try." —Journey

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five scents).

    11. An elephant desk organizer that'll finally declutter your space — something that's probably quite distracting. And! It holds your phone so you don't religiously check it, instead of doing your work. Your notifications will be much easier to quickly read...just maybe mute that group chat for now.


    Promising review: "I love, love, love this. I’m ordering additional ones for my coworkers who were admiring my organizer. It was very easy to assemble (five minutes) and comes with the tools and screws needed. It was actually bigger than expected, but holds everything I need well. It looks great on my desk and holds my phone! I would definitely purchase again." —Tymisha R.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in five patterns).

    12. A gel-enhanced seat cushion for making sure back pain won't hold you back when the daily 4 p.m. *slump* hits. This'll help improve your posture, maximize comfort (hello, memory foam), and perhaps even make you happy to be at your desk.

    Plus the lining is machine-washable!

    Promising review: "As an audiobook narrator, I spend a great deal of time propped on my bum. It's difficult to concentrate on the book you're narrating when your bum goes numb. After trying a collection of folded towels and foam bed pillows, I took a chance on this pillow. OH MY. I can now sit for hours in complete posterior comfort. I thank you, and my listeners thank you." —J. Seybert

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    13. A portable laptop desk, because this'll prevent you from falling asleep if your favorite place to "work" is in bed. Now you'll actually stay focused instead of mysteriously winding up on Netflix.


    It includes a built-in handle for easy portability!

    Promising review: "I am in love with this lap desk. I have been searching for one that I could use while I'm off on medical leave. This one is not only comfortable, but stays put and keeps everything in place. I have used it for my laptop, to put my cell phone where I can reach it easily, and have had absolutely no trouble with this at all. I even purchased adult coloring books for when I'm off, and this will be perfect for it. It's a great product and very well-made!" —Thrivin T

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

    14. An essential oil blend of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and pine so you have a quick pick-me-up the MINUTE you wonder if you should nap, instead. This can help keep your mind focused and your energy levels back on track.


    Promising review: "I love this blend. I work all day in an office and that three o'clock hour always makes me so tired on days when our office is very quiet. Just a quick sniff of this blend, and it really is an eye-opener! I keep a couple drops on a cotton ball and inhale it when I'm starting to feel sleepy, and it really does the trick." —Elle Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90+ (available in four sizes).

    15. A monitor mount clip to keep things you REALLY can't forget about or straight-up ignore right in front of your face. Procrastinators, meet your match. Your tasks are watching you.

    It can be swung to the back of your computer when you're not using it! The dual-function clip can fit up to five sheets one-handed, or securely clip up to 30 sheets.

    Promising review: "This simple item has made my life easier. It is extremely easy to install and to use. It has increased my productivity in the office when needing to refer to a hard document. When not in use, you can easily hide it behind your screen. It has two options to hold paper: one that you can just stick in and the other to clip on multiple documents. Another must-have 3M product!" —Elee the Lawyer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69+ (available in two sizes and with an included whiteboard).

    16. A squeeze-pack of Justin's honey peanut butter that'll understand getting literally anything done feels impossible when you're hangry. These are a perfect (and filling) office snack to overcome bellyache blues.

    These are all-natural and gluten-free, too.

    Promising review: "I love getting these PB packs, but they are usually twice the price at the store. If I watch here, I can get them for a ridiculously better price than at my local store. The taste is great, with just a touch of sweetness, and they're easy to eat at my desk at work. I eat these because they are high in protein and are much cheaper than a protein bar that would have a similar amount. Plus they're easy to toss in my purse or lunch bag for the office." —Patricia Ferdig

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $6.90.

    17. A daily planner specifically designed to increase productivity, time management, and overall ~progress~. It helps you set up monthly, weekly, and daily goals so tasks feel less tedious — it's all about the big picture! Now you'll actually get things done without 40 minute "quick breaks".

    It's self-described as "part agenda, part gratitude journal, part schedule, part goal planner, and part life organizer" so daily tasks, such as finishing a report, doesn't feel so much like a mundane obligation, but more of a step toward your bigger goals (like a promotion!).

    Promising review: "I have ADHD and it’s not just about having trouble staying organized — I have trouble getting momentum when tasks seem mundane or when I can’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 aren’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 don’t get through all of my tasks, so I don’t just get frustrated with myself and give up if I have a bad day or two." —krisalicious

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

    See what won best productivity planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. An LED table lamp for making your bedroom as bright as possible if you're an adamant night owl and can't be changed. This'll make sure it never gets dark enough to just "give up and go to bed". Don't. You. DARE.


    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." —Michael

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

    19. A mini essential oil diffuser, because this'll create a soothing atmosphere whenever you start to feel a little TOO pressured. It's hard to be productive when you're in your own way — some peppermint aromatherapy oil should help clear your head and help you regain focus.

    Did I mention it changes between seven colors and has auto shut-off? This aromatherapy essential oils set ($9.99 on Amazon) has six oils: lemongrass (for calmness and clarity), peppermint (for concentration and clear thinking), orange (for optimism and peace), lavender (for alertness), eucalyptus (for optimism and concentration), and tea tree (for mental strength and calmness).

    Promising review: "This is the perfect little humidifier. I love the lights and the mist settings. It's simple to fill up and rinse out if need be. I have it at my desk to alleviate the dryness from our way-too-stuffy, way-too-hot-and-dry office. My face used to get so dry, my skin would start itching and burning by the end of the day! The lighting helps create a really nice and soothing workspace (those harsh office lights are a killer on your eyes!) It almost looks like a spa! I’m recommending it to everyone on my team so they get one too!" —MsAnonymous

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

    20. A to-do list notepad so you have something that basically reads your mind every time you're asked to make an Excel spreadsheet, but will force you to plan your tasks out nonetheless. That "number crunching" needs to get done for whatever reason.


    You can hang it up on your cubicle wall so it's easier to ~organize~ your week!

    Promising review: "These are perfect for me to jot down to-do items as I think of them. Digital to-do lists are great, but they're easy to minimize or get hidden behind other windows I have open. I keep this pad on my desk, kind of in my way, so the list is always present and I can add or check things off as I go." —BWall

    Get it from Amazon for $9.15 (available in three styles).

    21. A pack of Neuro energy gum that'll help you fight afternoon slumps with a *manageable* caffeine kick. Its formula of green tea caffeine, vitamin B6 (for your mood), and vitamin B12 (for your energy) work together to get you back on task without any fear of crashing down the road. Put the energy drink DOWN.

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    Promising review: "As a medical student this has been an amazing addition to my daily study regimen. It gives me the same amazing boost as the Diet Coke and coffee I used to chug, but without the jitters, crash/headache, or teeth-staining. It's become my new go-to for staying awake and alert in the OR or on the wards. I highly recommend for anyone who needs a pick-me-up, but doesn't want that 'wired' sensation you get from coffee." —R. Sardesai

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $21.

    Check out why a BuzzFeed editor swears by this in "Literally Just 10 Products We Really Love Right Now" (#2).

    22. A mousepad weekly planner for making it practically impossible to forget the tasks at hand. Plus, it's hard to get mad at your responsibilities when they look so optimistic.


    It's broken down into sections so you can organize their level of importance, from "do or die" (call your mom, lol) to "oughta do" (clean out your fridge, gross).

    Promising review: "I'm always jotting notes and doodling when on the phone and having this mousepad prevents me from having a million notebooks on my desk. It inspires me and keeps me organized. It's definitely a favorite!" —Nicy0611

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90 (available in four styles).

    23. Or an adjustable standing desk, because this'll get you on your feet and clear your head after sitting for way too long. It's easy to zone out when on your bum all day — this'll shake things up (and maybe even motivate some *creativity*). I come.


    It's foldable so you can neatly store it whenever you're not using it.

    Promising review: "If you are looking for an inexpensive way to get started with a standing desk, this is perfect solution! I've wanted to make the switch for some time, but all the options besides building a pile of books were way too expensive. This desk is a great value for the price. I work in a cramped office space, so the fact that it neatly folds up is a huge plus. I'm very happy with this product." —LMP34

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99+ (available in two sizes and colors).

    24. A habit-tracking calendar so you can make both short-term and long-term goals to be better about achieving the daunting work tasks you usually blow off. This'll actually help you watch your progress so things like "responding to my boss before they ask me to" seem attainable.


    Each month has a theme to inspire you to make even more productivity goals! Basically you just write something you'd like to achieve (be better about laundry) and mark each day that you accomplished it. Plus, it's year-less so you can jump in whenever.

    Promising review: "Tracking time is something people always talk about, but rarely do. Time is to much of an ambiguous concept that feels like a multi-head hydra. I don't know about other folks but I am visual. I need to see a physical representation. Habits are hard to start and harder to break. I like that this calendar can be customized and placed on your desk to 'gently' remind you about your goals. All in all, it's a great habit calendar that keeps you on track." —LEJ

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    25. An exercise ball that'll improve your posture and strengthen your core all while sitting down at the office. If you haven't made it to a workout class since, well, ever this is a great way to squeeze in some very light activity. Plus, reviewers say this helps to increase their productivity since it makes sitting at a desk a little less mundane!


    Promising review: "This ball is my office chair. It really has helped with my posture and my activity level while I'm forced to be at my desk." —AlexEnds

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes and eight colors).

    26. A lightweight contoured sleep mask and late-night creative journal for helping you quiet annoying thoughts that keep you up 'til morning and actually fall (and stay!) asleep. The first step to an ability to focus all day: a clear head from eight hours of rest. Now you CAN get out of bed.


    The mask blocks out light and leaves zero pressure on your eyes so you won't feel its presence, while the journal helps you explore what keeps you up at night and *why*. Basically it helps to unpack your day and soothe nerve-wracking worries that won't let you SLEEP. Self-care = easier time drifting off to dreamland.

    Promising review (for the journal): "Although I usually have no trouble falling asleep at night, lately I've found myself staying awake later. Sometimes I'm anxious about all of the things I have to do the next day, and sometimes I just have too many thoughts occupying my head. I like to use this journal to learn more about myself and what my thoughts actually mean. I've found that some of my most cyclical and reoccurring thoughts are outlining fears I've been too hesitant to confront, and this journal is helping me to recalibrate them into more helpful thoughts." —Trevor Burbank

    Get them from Amazon: the sleep mask for $7.99 and Nocturnal Journal for $6.75.

    27. A set of fine-point markers, because this'll make writing up study guides feel less like annoying homework, and more like arts and crafts. Sometimes the only way to learn that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell is if it's written in purple.

    Promising review: "I've used these only a few times since ordering, but so far they work great. They don't bleed through paper, the right amount of ink comes out so you don't get a mess if your hand lingers on the page, you don't have to press hard to get them to write well, and the colors are vibrant. I'm very impressed. I used to use permanent markers because I find it helpful to color code, but so far these work much better." —Kaitlyn

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in three sizes).

    28. A double-sided sign so you can let coworkers know when you do and don't want to socialize — aka now no one will try to chat when you're in the middle of making a v important presentation. You can mount it on your cubicle, office or dorm door, really wherever!


    Promising review: "This is a nice-sized, not a gigantic sign. I got for my son's dorm room. He is in a 'suite' so he has a private room but shares a common area with three others. With this, if he is in study- or sleep-mode he has a nice way to say bugger off." —HeRB

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90.

    29. A Chrome extension called StayFocusd that'll increase your productivity by restricting the length of time you can stay on time-sucking sites like Reddit. Apparently homework gets done a lot faster when you don't watch an hour's worth of conspiracy videos on YouTube first.


    Get it from the Google Chrome Web Store free.

    30. A self-empowerment guide titled UnFu*k Yourself for some inspiration to get past life's seemingly impossible obstacles (like working on boring projects for more than 20 minutes) and be your own best self. The main takeaway from this book: NO. EXCUSES.


    Promising review: "I bought this book because I was going through a tough time and I wanted to read something to help get me out of the funk I was in. This book is really helpful in explaining why you’re your own worst enemy and how to get out of your head. It really does help make you feel better and gives great advice on how to improve your life by controlling your thoughts. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who needs help getting through tough times or to anyone who needs motivation to live a more fulfilled life. Even if you’re perfectly ok, this book can help push you to be a better you." —jordan culler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.46+ (available in paperback, hardback, Kindle, and audio CD).

    31. A monitor riser and keyboard organizer, because these'll work as a team to make your desk the neatest it's ever been. Now that all your belongings have a proper place, you'll actually be able to focus.


    The monitor stand has a shelf to store folders, cables, etc., while the keyboard can organize smaller desk accessories!

    Promising review: "I needed a way to elevate my Mac mini for cooling and stashing the smaller keyboard when I wasn't using it, without taking up more desk space. I put them on the middle shelf of this, I use the bottom space to stash other clutter, and I put my organizer on top. It looks good and helps me make use of my desk without taking up more of it." —SherMar

    Get them from Amazon: the monitor riser for $19.99 and the keyboard organizer for $16.98.

    Maybe now's the time to tell you that napping with your eyes open isn't great...

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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