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    Aug 23, 2018

    33 Things That'll Make You Productive No Matter How Lazy You Feel

    Because when you're productive, the day goes faster...which means you'll be back in your bed before you know it.

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    1. A portable laptop desk that'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.

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    It includes a removable pad for comfort and a built-in handle for easy portability!

    Promising review: "I love this lap desk! The mint color is a nice, soothing color and is a subtle working motivator. It's sturdy and high quality. I like having the flexibility to work on my laptop anywhere in the house, but the lap desk I was using didn't provide any room for the mouse. The size of this lap desk is very generous and I love that I can work without the mouse or laptop sliding off." —M Cody

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

    2. A bottle of Downy wrinkle release spray for when your blouse desperately needs help, but you know you're not going to iron. This will quickly get the job done and no one will be the wiser.

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    Did I mention I mention this spray also acts as an odor eliminator and fabric freshener? It's like hitting the reset button on your crumpled clothes.

    Promising review: "This stuff is a miracle for a young twenty-something living in NYC. I've been using this stuff since it first came out years ago and it almost completely eliminates the need for an iron/ironing board (depending on the fabric). I live in a very small multi-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, and storage space is always a serious issue here — even if I wanted to pay for an iron and ironing board I don't know where I would store it. My normal laundry routine has become to hang all my newly washed clothes on hangers and if they even look a little bit wrinkly to spray some of this on, flap/wave the piece a clothing a couple times, and then hang them in the closet to air dry." —Bonnie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. An exercise ball, because you'll improve your posture and strengthen your core all while sitting down (even at work!). This is pretty much the level of workout us lazy folk can handle.

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    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).

    4. A pair of noise-isolating bluetooth headphones so you can block out your cubicle neighbor's incessant chattering when you REALLY need to focus and get things done (like ten minutes ago). Commence panic mode.

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    Plus its design is specifically made for ultimate comfort (hello, soft ear cushions and padded headband) and its battery life can last up to ~20 hours~. Did I mention you can make hand-free calls? AND its foldable design makes it super easy to travel with!

    Promising review: "Go ahead and buy two pair. Maybe three. These are awesome! I wear them at work in my office job to drown out the distractions, as well as my side job — my lawn care business. They work very well to block out the loud engine noise and create a wonderful listening experience. I often listen to audiobooks which are very easy to hear in a loud environment. These headphones have a rich and deep sound for music. They're as good as Beats, to me. They don't feel cheap. Plus, the range is astonishing. I walk to the printer and forget to take my phone. There's no loss at all with many people and computers/smartphones/devices in between. When mowing, I've left my phone on the mower and walked all the way around the house without connection loss or even a skip." —L.

    Get them from Amazon for $29.69+ (available in seven colors).

    And be sure to check out our picks for best wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    5. A pack of Lysol dual action disinfecting wipes with two sides: one has a scrubbing texture to quickly tackle tough messes, while the other is soft for everyday touchups. Tl;dr: these will give you a clean home even if this is literally the only thing you use.

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    Promising review: "This is the lazy person's quick bathroom cleanup! I force myself to clean my bathrooms the 'real' way twice a month or so, but I use these wipes during the weeks to keep my bathroom surfaces clean-looking. These are especially helpful when unexpected company shows up!" —Sharon Elin

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.97.

    6. An extensive planner with stickers, goal pages, affirmations, and organization galore that'll turn even the most unmotivated person into a color-coding, mood-board-loving aficionado.

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    Basically the lesson to take away from this is that if there's crafting, adults are motivated. Plus, the weekly and monthly planning pages (like a regular agenda) have lots and lots of room for all the details you want. You can even list your top monthly and yearly goals! AND it's undated so you can start whenever.

    Psst! This won best lowest-priced planner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "I am really pleased with this notebook. The packaging and overall presentation is really nice, and the fact that you can start whenever you want (with the dates) makes it really useful when you want to get your life together halfway through the regular calendar year. I wanted something that I would want to use every day and actually feel motivated to fill-in consistently. It's been a few months and I am still using it!" —N.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (also available in pink for $19.99).

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

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    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.

    8. An insulated travel French press mug, because let's be real — the best way to get motivated is with some strong AF caffeine. And this will do just that AND make you feel fancier than everyone else. Win win.

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    Bless this mug's spill-resistant lid (hello, klutzy me) with a built-in plunger and gripped handle! AND it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I have owned this for a month or so and love it. It is sturdy, feels nice in the hand, and I love the grip around the middle. They make really good coffee or brew-able cocoa. The most impressive part of this coffee maker is its insulating ability. I often make a drink and then forget it's on the counter as I get super busy. With this mug, the drink is steaming even a couple of hours later, and I mean hot enough to burn your tongue!" —music mama

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two colors).

    9. An app called Aaptiv so you're whipped into shape by certified trainers, specialized programs (I desperately need the "Touch Your Toes in 20 Days" one), classes, and playlists. Basically if the thought of working out stresses you the @$#*! out, this will take you by the hand and make it totally manageable (and maybe even...fun?)

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    There's seriously every kind of class you can think of, like beginner's yoga, strength and conditioning, marathon training (lol), and "walk to run one mile" (for beginner runners)!

    Try a free 30-day trial for a 12-month membership of $8.33/month (billed annually).

    10. A Yarosi wand massager that'll be a v satisfying, um, reward to serve as possibly the most convincing incentive.

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    This baby has a whopping eight speeds, 20 patterns, and a ~three hour battery life~ (talk about stamina). Plus it's waterproof and extremely quiet, because privacy.

    Promising review: "My legs were literally shaking — this thing is STRONG. It made me orgasm in under a minute! I also came more than five times, which is something that never happens. The different speeds and patterns are also so much fun. The wand also makes a bit of noise so I suggest that this is used under heavy blankets or pillows. The packaging was discreet as well — I don't live alone so I was worried. For those of you that choose to use this for not-so-naughty purposes, I think it actually is really great for sore muscles!" —Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in eight colors).

    11. An adorable compartmentalized lunch box for actually convincing you to eat your leftovers instead of wasting money on takeout again. You'll earn bragging rights for being so adult.

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    It has secure lock down clips (for zero spills), a sauce dipping area on lid, steam release valve, sauce pot, inner dish, and a ~fife~ (fork and knife combo). And it's microwave-safe!

    Promising review: "I love this box, it makes packing lunch really fun and it's the perfect size for just about anything you could want to have for lunch at work. It has nice sections that all fit together and make sectioning off your food possible, all while still contained in the one box. It's also an eye catcher with its crystal clear lid and modern design. I've had many compliments on it and inquiries about it. I really recommend it for anyone looking for a nice container to pack lunch in every day. It also survives the microwave just fine so your food can be reheated right in the container if need be." —Caroline

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in six colors).

    12. An Echo Spot, because this will basically act as the assistant none of us can afford. Shopping and to-do lists, weather forecasts, and video news briefings are all at your (hands-free) disposal, so being a grownup meets you halfway.

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    Essentially ask Echo Dot and you will receive; it's a cloud-based voice service that connects to Alexa to play music, read the news, answer questions, set alarms, control your smart home, and MORE. It even locks your door if you forget, aka every day.

    Promising review: "I love my Amazon Echo Spot. I have it next to the bed, as it serves as my alarm clock every morning. Not to mention it can give me my flash briefing as I get ready for the day. I like the different clock face options, and the speaker is very loud — much better speaker than the echo dots that I have." —Zach

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A pack of Scotch-Brite non-scratch scrub sponges so you can easily conquer tough messes (why must lasagna punish us so?) without needing to let them "soak." The painful process of washing dishes is over before you know it.

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    They have scouring pads on one side to cut through tough messes, and absorbent sponges on the other for everyday uses. They're safe on all cookware!

    Btw, these won as the best lowest-priced sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "We have been buying these sponges for a long time. They really are non-scratch and do a great job of getting stuck on food off of our dishes. These sponges are cost-efficient and hold up well, even with my husband using them so vigorously it's like he is attacking our dishes for daring to be used. They're definitely a great value and something we will continue to buy." —Valerie J

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.48.

    14. A pair of Dr. Scholl's shoe insoles with massaging gel and extra-cushioning (for shock absorption) that'll keep you comfortable and energized enough to stay ~on your toes~ all darn day. Turns out work is 1000% more enjoyable when your feet don't want to leave your body.

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    Whoever said no "no pain no gain" has clearly never worn heels 9-5. These even offer arch support!

    Promising review: "These are fantastic. $20 and five minutes of fitting, and my $130 boots are good for another year or two. The shock absorption is fantastic. I wear these for 12-hour EMS shifts and after lots of testing, I can say go for it. These are the best you can get for the price." —John J. Topper

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

    15. A gourmet subscription box filled with artisanal Italian ingredients and recipes so you'll be convinced to use your kitchen at least once a month. Your reward: authentic Sicilian pasta dishes without the fancy restaurant price.

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    Each kit serves up to four people! They all contain ingredients that are made in Italy for authentic Sicilian recipes (with directions for us rookies)!

    Get it from CrateJoy for $35+/month.

    16. A 24-ounce fruit infuser water bottle, because some of us just aren't into H20 unless it's flavored enough to feel like a treat. Now you're technically having fruit every day and drinking enough water.

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    Did I mention it's dishwasher-safe, shatter-proof, and leak-proof? Win, win, win.

    Promising review: "I love my water bottle! It helps keep me motivated to drink something healthy when I can flavor it to change it up!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in five colors).

    17. An Eden's Garden energy boost essential oil so you can overcome midday slumps and finish your report without a 100th cup of coffee.

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    Its 100% natural blend of sandalwood, black pepper, and lemon works to perk you up!

    Promising review: "This is the best! I use this on my temples and even right under my nose and I swear it helps! I'm a massage therapist and I'm in an environment where my energy can get low, especially after working on someone who has a lot of toxins in their body. But if I use this I don't feel so drained!" —Staci

    Get it from Amazon for $11.45.

    18. A magnetic meal planner pad that'll make it as easy as *pie* to pan out your weekly groceries and dishes. Life's a lot more interesting when you don't buy the same rotisserie chicken every week — this will help you get a little more imaginative.

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    It has a weekly agenda space on top so you can plan out day by day! The rest is broken down by food categories, like fish, dairy, fruits and veggies, etc. It even has other sections for separate things you may need at the store, like beauty and pharmacy products.

    Promising review: "This is great. I love that you can make your meal plan and grocery list and just rip it off. The pocket for coupons/recipes is convenient and I appreciate that it's magnetic so I just leave it on the fridge. I love it." —melanieelaine

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    19. An app called Fantastical 2 — it's basically your very own chief of staff. It breaks down everything for you (from dentist appointments to important meetings) so planning something other than happy hour never feels too overwhelming.

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    Get it from iTunes for $4.99 or a similar app for Android users from Google Play for free.

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

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    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 10-pack from Amazon for $5.76.

    21. A set of fine point markers so making study guides feels 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.

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    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 Sharpie pens to take notes with, because I find it helpful to color code, but so far these work much better." —Kaitlyn

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

    22. An inspirational sticker that'll tell your writer's block to bugger off — today is the day you actually leave at 5pm with all your work done! Staying late is OVER.

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    Get it from Cat Coquillete on Society6 for $2.99+ (available in four sizes and two styles).

    23. A Yes To Tomatoes charcoal two-in-one cleanser stick for finding a way to wash your face every night, no matter how late you get home. Breakouts: targeted. Excess oil: gone. Bed: In it.

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    It's formulated with both charcoal powder to fight acne and remove excess oil, and tomato extract to help leave skin naturally clear. Its stick formula quickly melts into a lather on wet skin for quick, deep cleansing.

    Promising review: "I have really sensitive skin that tends to break out with certain products. I bought this to try on my body just to find out what the craze was with the sticks and ended up using it on my face as well. This product is amazing! My skin doesn’t break out from it and it actually cleans deeper into my pores than I expected and it even made my pores look smaller! I have combination type skin as well, and my face doesn’t get oily-looking by the end of the day." —Debs

    Get it from Amazon for $8.54 (available in two formulas).

    24. A pack of weekly hanger markers, because if you claim to never run late due to staring at your closet for 30 minutes, you are a LIAR. Not only will these get you dressed faster, but it'll be easier than ever to plan your outfits for the week.

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    You get 14 in total — two for each day of the week.

    Promising review: "I ordered these to help with weekly outfit planning. So far they have worked great and I like how they easily slip onto the hangers without any problems. Laundry is not something I enjoy and with a school-age child, trying to get ready in the morning can be a hassle. Planning the outfits for the week (two weeks actually) helps things go a lot smoother and takes the guess work out of the week when you may have forgotten what you already wore. Another added benefit, with a closet overflowing with clothes, they help with my ongoing battle to declutter, organize, minimize, and simplify my life." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 14-pack from Amazon for $13.

    25. An encouraging notepad so the ~bar~ never feels too high when you jot down the day's game plan. Apparently pinot grigio tastes even better when you feel extra accomplished.

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    Promising review: "I'm surprised by this product. I thought it was another organizing item I'd never use, but something about this makes my to-do list feel manageable. And tearing off a completed sheet is SOOO satisfying. I struggle with motivation these days so anything that makes my life feel easier and more approachable is a positive. I'm a Phd student, so I need all the help I can get to stay organized and on top of things!" —sac727

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in 38 notepad styles).

    26. 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.

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    You can block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains or pages, or even in-page content like videos, games, images, forms, etc. You'll choose how long you need them blocked so after a few hours of straight work you can FINALLY watch some cat gifs.

    Get it from the Google Chrome Web Store for free.

    27. A fitness tracker with all-day activity monitoring for a gentle reminder to get your butt moving when you've been on the couch all day. End the day with at least ten steps.

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    You can also make calls and get message notifications, set alarms, track your heart rate, steps taken, miles run (lol), AND your sleep patterns. Best of all: it'll remind you to move if it thinks you've gotten a little too committed to Netflix.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter so that she can track her steps. I figured this would be a great alternative to a Fitbit. So far it has worked out great. It motivates her to stay active and compete with her friends on how many steps she can take in a day. With school being out that is really important!" —jessica palmaccio

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

    28. An aluminum sheet pan, because you can cook entire meals on this baby without a single other dish. Dump healthy ingredients on it, put it in the oven, and voilà: dinner is served.

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    Check out some easy AF sheet pan meals that won't stress you out!

    Promising review: "These are amazing! I wish I had bought them years ago. I find new uses for them every day. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants delicious meals in one pan with a short prep time. They're perfect for a busy household and/or anyone who likes to bake and appreciates high-quality products." —Granny KKC

    Get it from Amazon for $16.69+ (available in six sizes and combinations).

    29. A Sonic Alert dual alarm clock with a bed shaker and extra-loud alarm so staying in bed feels physically impossible. It's easier to actually go on that 6 a.m. run when you've literally been shaken awake.

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    It has an adjustable volume and tone, pulsating alert lights, battery backup, and a powerful bed shaker to get you UP.

    Promising review: "This really works to wake me up in the morning. I am a heavy sleeper and sleep through all my alarms except my mom yelling at me. Not only is the alarm loud enough to wake me, but the bed shaker is great. I pretty much have this complete hatred for it, so it really motivates me to get up." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $31.19+ (available in six colors).

    30. A pair of anti-UV glare computer glasses for reading emails without a headache (at least from the blue light). These minimize ~digital eye strain~ to help you avoid any midday crashes caused by your glaring screen so you actually stay in the zone.

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    They have amber tinted lenses to block blue light, aka what probably makes your head hurt after a while.

    Promising review: "These glasses are great. They look sharp and they're not tinted so much that they alter color perception. I work in an office setting and after just one day of wearing these glasses, I noticed an improvement in my eye health. My eyes no longer hurt, water, itch, or feel bleached out after staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Highly recommend!" —Ariele Monzo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available with no magnification or reader strengths 1x–2.5x).

    31. A productivity timer, because it'll be a super-easy way to 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.

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    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.

    32. A pack of 8G dissolving tablets loaded with spirulina, kale, spinach, chlorella, wheatgrass, barley grass, aloe vera, and blue green algae so getting your greens in has never been easier — even if you're still avoiding salads at all costs.

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    These are great on-the-go and give you a boost of nutrition even if you feel too busy to leave your desk! Each tablet is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to help increase circulation, balance the body’s PH level, and support healthy organs.

    Promising review: "I love having these in my purse on the go. Taste is surprisingly refreshing and helps me make sure I’m getting my vitamins when I’m on the go and in need of a boost. Packaging is sleek and convenient, will be buying more to stock up!" —taflynn612

    Get a 10-pack from Free People for $14.

    33. A self-empowerment guide titled UnFu*k Yourself that'll inspire you to get past life's seemingly shitty obstacles and be your own best self.

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    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 $10.88+.

    And my finally, my friends:

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