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    32 Things You Need If You’ve Basically Never Been Productive

    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.


    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).

    2. A pair of bluetooth, noise-cancelling headphones so you can block out your cubicle neighbor's incessant chattering when you REALLY need to focus and get things done (like two days 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 bought these for daughter and I don't think she has taken them off since! She absolutely loves them! They are quite comfortable, give good sound quality, and really do cancel out a lot of noise from her two younger siblings! I have used them a few times as well, and bluetooth technology is definitely the way to go — especially if you are moving about a lot!" —MC

    Get them from Walmart for $34.99+ (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 Shout dye-trapping sheets, because these'll actually make laundry day a reality if you've been putting it off for 17 years. They let you throw your colored *and* white laundry in the wash together by locking up loose dyes found in the water. Meaning you can dump everything in and be done before you know it.

    Promising review: "These are an absolute necessity in my house! I have two little girls and I never have enough of their dirty clothes to do loads separated by color. I Just throw everything in together (yes, even reds and white) and nothing ever bleeds onto the other. My husband does his own laundry too (he isn't the best at separating), and this saved him when a red sock accidentally made its way into the whites. If you do laundry, you need these!" —Shannon Schneider

    Get a pack of 72 from Amazon for $10.44.

    5. 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 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).

    6. 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).

    7. A habit-tracking calendar so you can make both short-term and long-term goals to be better about finances, cleaning, work tasks, or whatever the heck 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.

    8. An exercise ball for improving your posture and strengthening 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).

    9. 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 $39.99+ (available in two sizes and colors).

    10. A lightweight contoured sleep mask and late-night creative journal that'll help you quiet annoying thoughts that keep you up 'til morning and actually fall (and stay!) asleep. The first step to productivity: 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.

    11. 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 will be over before you have time to give up.


    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!

    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 pack of six from Amazon for $5.48.

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

    12. 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).

    13. A pair of blue light–blocking glasses, because this'll help you get through emails without a headache (at least from the blue light). These minimize ~digital eye strain~ to prevent any midday crashes caused by your glaring screen so you actually stay in the zone.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I bought these a couple months ago and it's been a great 'investment'. I get so many compliments whenever I wear them that sometimes I wear them just for looks. I feel like it does make a difference in my eyes, especially when I have to stay up until 2 a.m. writing papers or studying from my laptop. They have a slight yellow tint that also helps a little with the brightness outside and makes you not squint as much. They feel very sturdy and well-made, they don't fall off my face nor feel too heavy, and they're just perfect." —Cami

    Get them from Walmart for $29.95.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeed editor swears by these, check out "8 Life-Changing Things To Try In December" (#1).

    14. An order from Fresh Direct (an online grocery store) that'll deliver all the food you've been too lazy to buy IRL. There are even freshly prepared meals for one if you just KNOW you are never going to cook. If you can order takeout, you can order groceries.

    Everything you can get at a grocery store is here! And it's all delivered right to your door. BLESS.

    Create an account or first browse their selections to start your grocery shopping!

    15. 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.


    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.

    16. A pack of Neuro energy gum so you can 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.


    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).

    17. 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).

    18. A Yarosi wand massager, because this'll be a v satisfying, um, reward to serve as possibly the most convincing incentive. Note that you can't use this if you're pulling an all-nighter. Just saying, you can get everything done during the day...


    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).

    19. An app called Aaptiv that'll get you into SHAPE thanks to certified trainers, specialized programs (I desperately need the "Touch Your Toes in 20 Days" one), classes, and motivating 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


    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 $14.99/month (billed annually).

    And! If you're planning on *really* working up a sweat, try some vegan pre-workout powder ($40 on Free People). It's packed with energy-boosting ingredients like organic green coffee beans, kale, spinach, ginseng, and more to get you energized for those squats.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review in "10 Life-Changing Things To Try In July" (#7).

    20. An extensive planner with stickers, goal pages, affirmations, and organization galore so even the most unmotivated person (🙋🏻) will become a color-coding, mood-board-loving aficionado.

    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.

    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 $17.99 (available in three colors).

    See why this won best lowest-priced planner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    21. An Amazon Echo Dot for basically getting a chief of staff to ~brief~ you on everything you'll need for the day (aka it's now impossible to "forget" chores). Setting alarms and getting weather forecasts and news updates are all at your (hands-free) disposal so being a grownup meets you halfway.


    Plus! It can sync to your Spotify, Apple music, or whatever to play music at your *demand*. Ty, Alexa.

    Promising review: "I love my Echo's. I have one in each bedroom to control lights, play music, wake me up, report the weather or news, get notifications on Amazon orders, play games, create calendar events and reminders, set timers, you name it. These are wonderful little devices. There is a phone app that goes with it that allows you do do all sorts of neat things like set up routines that do multiple things at once. For example, when I say 'Alexa, good morning', she turns on the lights, plays the weather, and then turns on my favorite music!" —Jessica Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors).

    22. A Yes To Tomatoes charcoal two-in-one cleanser stick, because if you've always wanted a more *rewarding* skincare routine but have always been too lazy to create one, this is your one-and-done answer. Breakouts: targeted. Excess oil: gone. Bed: in it.

    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 hype 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).

    23. A set of fine point markers that'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).

    24. A pair of microfiber duster slippers so you can sweep up dust bunnies as you go about your day as usual. Oh look, your floor is shining and all you did was walk to the kitchen. Better reward yourself with some brownies.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This must be the greatest idea since the discovery of fire! Two days in, and my hardwood is shining! And all with just walking around! Of course the quality is pedestrian (pardon), of course it doesn’t look like it was made by Versace, but that’s not the point, is it?" —Nigel

    Get them from Amazon for $9.50 (available in sizes 6–9).

    Check out "We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here's What Actually Worked" for more details on these lil' helpers.

    25. A to-do list notepad for 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).

    26. 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.

    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.

    27. A fitness tracker with all-day activity monitoring that'll gently remind you to get your butt moving when you've been on the couch all day. End the day with at least ten steps.

    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 eight colors).

    28. An aluminum sheet pan so 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. Ina would be....proud? Yes, PROUD.

    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    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 $18.99+ (available in six sizes and combinations).

    To get some easy recipes that won't stress you out, check out "18 Brilliant One-Pan Dinners You Need In Your Life".

    29. A productivity timer for 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.


    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.

    30. A self-empowerment guide titled UnFu*k Yourself, because this'll inspire you to get past life's seemingly impossible obstacles 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 pair of wildly popular comfy ballerina flats with elastic straps that'll keep you on your toes all darn day so you can't use cramped piggies as an excuse to give up on errands and go home. These'll keep your outfits stylish and your soles happy — your couch will be fine without you.

    They're even available in ~25~ colors and s-u-p-e-r cheap so you can collect 'em all for versatility!

    Promising review: "I’ve been searching for a cute flat that actually stays on my feet and are comfortable — a task that seemed unattainable until these miracles entered my life. They're true-to-size, have comfy insoles, and the straps aren’t too tight or too loose. These are the only flats I’ve owned that didn’t need to be broken in! I'm definitely buying these in other colors." —Legss

    Get them from Amazon for $7+ (available in sizes 5.5-11 and 12 colors).

    To learn more, check out "​These Ballet-Esque Flats Are Adorable, Cheap, And Basically Already In Your Amazon Cart".

    32. An elephant desk organizer so you can 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).

    In addition to these, try out the "One-Minute Rule"! Basically if you KNOW it takes less than 60 seconds to do a small task, just do it immediately so all those little things don't build up. It's an easy way to teach yourself ~productive habits~!

    Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed

    To learn more, check out "I Lived By The One-Minute Rule For An Entire Week". Spoiler alert: it really helped this BuzzFeed editor get more done!

    You two days into being more productive:


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

    Make your life even more ~adult~. Check out some of the best home organization products on Amazon, the best all-natural cleaning products for your home, the best bathroom cleaning products, organization products perfect for neat freaks, and, of course, our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house.

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