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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.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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*). Emails...here I come.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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...

    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 even...fun?)

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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~!

    You two days into being more productive:

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