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    30 Things That'll Actually Help You Be Productive At The Office

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    1. A pack of mushroom coffee mix that reviewers say give 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 afternoon slumps, 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." β€”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).

    2. A pair of blue light glasses, because these can help you 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!!" β€”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).

    3. A pair of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones so you can 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 β€” 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." β€”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.

    4. 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 earplugs make them incredibly comfortable to wear. After inserting the earplugs 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 earplugs I wear from now on." β€”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".

    5. An all-natural tension relief balm with aromatherapy benefits that'll soothe late afternoon headaches so you can 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." β€”Journey

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

    6. 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 β€” 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." β€”LMP34

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes and colors).

    7. 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).


    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." β€”Jonathan

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

    8. An elephant desk organizer for finally decluttering your space β€” 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." β€”Tymisha R.

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

    9. A vacuum-insulated water bottle that'll save you many a trip to the water cooler so you suddenly have more precious time at your desk. Those trips add up!,

    Of course, getting up and stretching is IMPORTANT and you shouldn't feel chained to your desk. But sometimes hydration ends up being more of a distraction than a benefit so this'll help prevent that. Plus you'll use less plastic!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love the bottle that I received! I have been using this bottle since day one and have not had any issues or complaints. I was amazed at how well this bottle kept my water ice cold and even more amazed at how long it kept ice in the bottle (about 24 hours sometimes more). Granted the bottle did not stay full of ice, but to see that there was still remnants of ice left was pretty astonishing. It was also really nice to have the outside of the bottle not sweat or get cold to the touch so it was easy to hold and carry." β€”jkim023

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in six sizes).

    See what won best insulated water bottles on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    10. A set of squishy eggs, because this'll reduce 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) β€” 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." β€”Petite Loeb

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

    11. A desktop document holder with an adjustable clip to keep important documents that you REALLY can't forget about, lose, or straight-up ignore right in front of your face. Procrastinators, meet your match. Your tasks are watching you.


    It can hold up to 150 sheets in place! AND it folds flat for storage.

    Promising review: "I love this as a writer. I was able to attach a miniature reading light to it and it holds my papers for when I'm typing or editing from them. I used to prop my papers up on anything and they'd slide down. This is great and I move it to the couch when I'm working on my laptop, too." β€”Terry Spear

    Get it from Amazon for $12.84.

    12. A gel-enhanced seat cushion so 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." β€”J. Seybert

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    13. 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!" β€”Nicy0611

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

    14. A pack of energizing mints that'll deliver your late afternoon caffeine fix *without* a coffee run (aka no time wasted). Its formula of caffeine, vitamin B12 (for your energy), and peppermint (for your breath, lol) work together to get you energized, minus the usual jitters or crashing.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these mints. They taste great in general and I've had every flavor. I never understood the caffeine crash from coffee people often complain about, because I used to drink loads of coffee and I didn't really experience one. In fact, I was always tired and I never got much of a caffeine boost. Then I started using these mints. I got a noticeable caffeine boost and I could tell when the boost was slowly fading away, but I never felt tired after. I just felt normal." β€”Queen Torres

    Get a single pack from Amazon for $4.99 or a pack of six for $19.99 (both available in five flavors).

    15. An LED desk lamp with ~six~ brightness levels, because this'll keep you alert and focused, even in dimly-lit offices. No window? NO PROBLEM.


    *And* it has three color modes and a USB charging port.

    Promising review: "In the last week I have (sincerely) told at least 10 people this was one of the best purchases of my life. No joke. This lamp is excellent. The three different light types are all great, and all have different useful applications. The field that the light covers is remarkably large, too. It is an even, bright, wide-spread light that can be adjusted with the five brightness settings. You can plug your phone into it. The power cord detaches from the base making it even easier to store. And it looks awesome, too. If you EVER WORK AT A DESK, I cannot recommend this lamp highly enough." β€”Spencer Mackey

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

    16. A pair of cushioned ballet flats so you can stay on your feet all darn day whenever your schedule is filled with back-to-back meetings. No, you can't call in sick. You'll make it to all of them β€” and still look polished!

    Promising review: "I originally bought this for the unique color and thought for the price I would give it a try. When I tried them on they were so comfortable. I wore them all day without any issues. Needless, to say I ordered another pair in black since I wear flats all the time to work. If you want shoes that look nice and are super comfortable, I would recommend these shoes. " β€”Scuba one

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 22 colors).

    17. A set of Bob Ross sticky notes for avoiding happy little mistakes, like forgetting about your morning meeting. How can you ignore Bob? He actually thinks you should LEAD the meeting.


    It's actually a booklet filled with three sets of sticky notes and a sticky notepad!

    Promising review: "These sticky notes are a hoot and actually totally useful. There have been no problems with quality β€” they would make a cute little gift!" β€”Glenys

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in nine styles).

    18. An organizational charging dock that'll point all your cords in the right direction. Will you concentrate better with all your electronics in one place? I'm confident enough to say YES.


    This baby has four slots and four USB ports that can hold and charge up to four devices simultaneously. It shows you your product's charging status and even comes with two lightning cables for Apple products and two short micro USB cables for Androids!

    Promising review: "We used to have to charge our tablets and phones in different places, sometimes on our desk and sometimes on our bedroom floor. Now we can charge all of our devices at the same place on this same charging station. They are now safely being charged in one spot up high when I don't want kids messing with them. It's very convenient and organizes the pool of cables from my desk." β€”md osman

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in two colors).

    19. A Rocketbook reusable notebook with wipeable pages, because now your meeting notes won't be lost in a jumble. Plus, the pages are scannable with the Rocketbook app so you can file 'em onto your computer and keep track of everything you'll need in the future.,

    Just be sure to use the included pen, otherwise the pages won't wipe clean! The notebook comes with *32* reusable pages that can be uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, and email.

    Promising review: "OMG! This device is so cool. It works beautifully. The scanning and syncing capabilities are awesome. I have it scanned and synced to my Microsoft Note account. Writing with the pen is smooth, and the paper feels like paper. It's easy to use a wet cloth to erase writing, just as claimed. I wish I had this product while in college. It's worth every penny." β€”Tulla Bell

    Get it from Amazon for $34.

    20. A travel-size bottle of Poo-Pourri so you don't hold it in all day β€” having to poop is very distracting! Don't do the potty dance in your chair. This'll eliminate any...odors...when you spritz it before you go. Plus, it's small enough to hide in your pocket if you want to be discreet.


    Promising review: "I think this is the most adorable thing ever. I bought it so I could keep it in my purse, but once I started working in an office, I decided to tuck it into my desk drawer. It's discreet, and when I need to go to the restroom, I can bring it along without anyone noticing. Now I don't need to use obnoxious chemicals to mask the smells. One of the women in my office has a sensitivity to chemical perfumes, so I'm sure she'd appreciate that I'm not contributing to her suffering." β€”brinnet

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in nine sizes).

    To learn more, check out "Everyone Needs A Bottle Of Travel Poo-Pourri In Their Purse".

    21. A mini essential oil diffuser for creating 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 β€” some peppermint aromatherapy oil should help clear your head and 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!" β€”MsAnonymous

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

    22. A to-do list notepad that'll basically read 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." β€”BWall

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

    23. 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." β€”SherMar

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

    24. A pack of crunchy cheese snacks so you're never slowed down by a hangry episode. They're high in protein (and a popular keto option!) so you can quickly overcome your bellyache blues and get back to WORK.

    They come in four flavors: cheddar, everything spices, parm, and a ~variety pack~. All are gluten-free!

    Promising review: "Light, crunchy, and yummy, but also a good source of protein? WHO KNEW IT WAS REALLY POSSIBLE! These are so good, I ate a whole package the first time I had them. So a little warning there, I guess." β€”Toto

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $18.97 (available in four flavors and as a pack of six).

    25. A non-slip mouse pad with cushiony ergonomic support for ensuring your poor wrist gets a break and stops aching, even if you still have about 1,000 emails to write.


    Promising review: "This pad is gorgeous with beautiful colors and lays perfectly. I bought this specifically because of the pad for my wrist. I had developed carpal tunnel, but after a day of using this my wrist is much better. I'd definitely buy this again β€” nice quality." β€”Lainey

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 25 patterns).

    26. A pastel bento box to pack lunch every once in awhile if a) you want to avoid the time it takes to buy lunch and b) save your hard-earned cash!


    Not to mention, a nutritious lunch will probably give you energy!

    Promising review: "This is one of the best. It's super durable. The plastic is solid and strong, as well are the spoon and fork. For sealing, it has a rubber ring on the inside of the pieces to keep it completely sealed. What I love the most though is the inner dividers that can easily be removed to make one giant box, and that's perfect for me. I'm so happy with this that I might get another one." β€”savvy wincel

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 13 colors).

    27. A bottle of herbal sleeping aids that'll guide you to dreamland for (hopefully) a FULL EIGHT HOURS. Not to sound like your mom, but it really is important to feel well-rested in order to do your best the next day.


    Plus! They're designed to prevent morning grogginess. Their vegan formula contains magensium, valerian root, chamomile, rice bran, and melatonin (and contain 60 capsules).

    Promising review: "Over the last several years, I've always had problems with falling asleep and then sleeping throughout the night once I do fall asleep. I found this while searching for sleep aids and thought I would give it a try β€” and I'm glad I did! I take these 20–30 minutes before going to bed and I have no problem falling asleep now. Better yet, once I fall asleep, I sleep all night without waking up and feel much more well-rested the next day. Plus, there is no groggy feeling the next day." β€”Chris Hubbard

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    28. 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 β€” it's all about the big picture!

    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 β€” 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." β€”krisalicious

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

    See what won best productivity planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    29. A printed midi dress in ~18~ patterns, because this'll make it easy to cheaply stock up on a slew of chic and professional go-tos. Heck, get one for Monday through Friday (but Saturday is for sweats). Dressing for success = SUCCEEDING.,

    Promising review: "I love this dress. It fits just right and is VERY comfortable to wear. I got it primarily to wear to work and still be comfortable around the office. It feels soft, is breathable, and is not see-through. I even felt comfy wearing it around the house after work when I usually am ready to strip off whatever I'm wearing to throw on some comfy laid back clothes." β€”Alexismd

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 12 patterns).

    30. A stainless steel fountain pen so you're encouraged by how sophisticated you feel when taking meeting notes with this fancy writing tool. Dare I say you'll actually take *more* notes, instead of staring at the ceiling? / Via .

    Plus your desk will feel a little more ~promotion-ready~.

    Promising review: "This is a very nice fountain pen, especially for the price. This pen writes like a much more expensive fountain pen and can be used with both cartridges and ink, via the enclosed converter. It has good heft to it without being overly heavy. It has a nice feel in the hand and a smooth writing nib (I prefer a fine point). I have purchased several of these over the last couple of years and all of them are holding up perfectly." β€”MML

    Get it from Amazon for $14.66 (available in six colors).

    See what won best writing pens on BuzzFeed Reviews.

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