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    Updated on Jul 19, 2020. Posted on Jul 6, 2020

    24 Things To Help Get You Out Of An Unorganized, Unfocused Funk

    Why get up to make yet another cup of coffee when you can just have an energizing breath mint instead?

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    1. A pair of passive noise-isolating headphones to drown out the sound of your sibling's Spotify playlist while you're trying to study or write a blog post.

    A model wearing the headphones

    "Noise-isolating" means they sit tightly (but gently and comfortably!) around your ears to help physically block out surrounding sounds, but don't use technology to negate the noise.

    Promising review: "I wear these at work all the time to be able to focus with people talking around me. The headphones are easy to use, very comfortable to wear for hours at a time and hold a charge like I wish my iPhone would! All in all, I've been using these for a month or more and haven't had a bit of trouble. Worth the money and then some!" —SDR

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

    2. Or a set of foam earplugs for when you need just 10 more minutes of peace and quiet to get through the last chapter in your book.

    A photo of the earplugs, which come with a small carrying case

    Promising reviews: "I have a noisy job (working on fighter aircraft, which oftentimes have their engines and various noisy bits running), and I ride a motorcycle. I pop a pair of these in on the way to work to block wind noise and then keep them handy for the rest of the day because honestly, they block sound better than the foamies that my work center hands out. These earplugs are, without exaggeration, the singular reason I'm not going to be deaf by the time I'm 40." —Brad

    "These are the best earplugs for students. I usually need to focus and be in my zone whether I am sleeping or studying. These saved my life from hearing annoying and irritating peoples' voices." —QueenA

    Get it from Amazon for $2.98.

    Want to know more? Check out These $6 Earplugs Actually Changed The Way I Sleep.

    3. This to-do list notepad so you can organize any must-do tasks at the start of every week — just take 20 minutes every weekend to file through your brain for any major obligations you might have coming up.

    The planning pad with space to jot down tasks for Monday through Friday and the following week

    Promising review: "This is perfect for me! I love having a checklist of items to complete to help me focus, and this one is just perfectly simple and organized. I like the added 'next week' section so that I can plan ahead. If you're like me and need a checklist to feel accomplished and get tasks done, then this is definitely for you as well." —Reann Ford

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    4. An essential oil diffuser that'll create a calm, relaxing (and wonderful smelling) environment that'll help clear your mind enough to let you focus on what you're typing.

    The diffuser on a table top emitting steam

    I originally got this diffuser for my mom as a birthday gift, but it's become a family favorite. I like plugging it in the living room and having the essential oils steam through the air while I work. It definitely helps relax my mind and makes me feel calmer. It's a nice little way to help me get in the zone for tackling tasks.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two colors).

    5. And a set of essential oils to use alongside your brand new, awesome diffuser!! I don't know about you but surprisingly, I seem to get more work done when my room smells like lavender.

    A photo of six oil bottles in a box

    I bought these essential oils alongside the diffuser. I had never purchased essential oils before, and I was a liiiittle overwhelmed by all the options, but I'm glad I picked this set. Since I knew these would be used in our house, I wanted a set of scents that weren't too overpowering since some people in my family have sensitive noses, and these fit the bill! The orange scent is everyone's favorite — it's nice and citrus-y and immediately brightens my mood. I usually add three to four drops in our diffuser, but you can add more or less depending on how strong you want the scent to be.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. This glammed-up notebook you'll want to keep front-and-center on your desk to quickly jot down ideas and spur-of-the-moment tasks you'd otherwise forget throughout the week.

    A black notebook that says "Boss Babe" on the cover styled on a surface
    Effie's Paper

    FYI, Effie's Paper is a Black-owned, woman-owned brand that specializes in too-cute-for-this-world stationery and organization products.

    Get it from Effie's Paper for $18.50.

    7. A cellphone jail box (with an actual lock!!!) because sometimes you need to literally have Instagram pried from your hands in order for you to sit down and finish that book or finish writing that essay.

    A model looking at their electronic devices inside the cage-inspired lock box
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.95.

    8. This spinner ring in case an overwhelmed mind is hindering you from staying attentive and working to the best of your abilities.

    A reviewer photo of a band-inspired ring on their finger

    Promising review: "I got this ring because I have a terrible habit of pinching and picking at my skin or tapping when I get anxious. It’s been going on for at least the last 20 years and I have to say, ever since I put it on I’ve been able to think deeply without feeling too overwhelmed. The spinning is smooth and it feels high quality. Even if this were to wear out, I know for a fact that I would order again." —Alexandra Mugford

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes 6–12 and in seven colors).

    9. An elephant desk organizer that'll help you give a home to those stray pens and pencils cluttering your workspace. Besides, a clear desk = a clear mind = more work getting done!! Plus, wouldn't it be nice to be able to quickly grab a pen to jot down notes when you need one?

    The elephant-shaped organizer holding a phone and several pencils

    Promising review: "This little guy is super cute. Also easy to assemble and sturdy. There are no unpleasant surprises here, it's exactly what it looks like in the pictures. My desk is now a happier and brighter place at work." —Merry

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six designs).

    10. Or, little desk shelves to help you tuck away the books and magazines you might be tempted to flip through — instead of getting work done — if you were to just leave them laying all over your desk.

    The shelves on a desk organizing books and magazines

    Promising review: "I love this! My desk was so messy and unorganized. I mainly used it to get ready but needed an office space so I found this awesome organizer and now I can get ready and have room for work or study." —Synergy

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in black, white, and yellow).

    11. A foldable standing desk you'll pat yourself on the back for buying when you get bored and restless from sitting down for way too long. Plus, if you're desk is just too cluttered for words, this handy, dandy contraption can help you literally get away from the mess and still give you a stable place to rest your books and laptop.


    Promising review: "I bought this because I wanted the option to convert my desk to a standing desk while also having a sitting option available. Any convertible standing desk option was way more money than I wanted to spend, but then I found this. For the price, I was willing to give it a shot and I'm glad I did. It's easy to adjust and folds away when I want to sit. It feels flimsy, but as I was unwilling to pay the big bucks for a truly convertible standing desk option, I am not complaining. It's saving my back and neck and for the price, I'm very happy. Also, I carried it from my office to the library (I'm a grad student) and at least five people asked me about it. It seems a lot of people want a standing desk option! And that's another positive: while it's not SUPER portable, it does fold up and can be moved around pretty easily. I walk a lot so I wouldn't care to move it from home to office too often, but a short trip across campus from my office is totally doable." —SFL

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in two sizes).

    12. This bullet journal starter set if normal planners just don't help you get as organized as you would like to be — a bullet journal lets you organize your life in a unique way that works just for you. And, this set with everything you need can help promote focus and attention in a way that's less daunting than picking up bullet journaling completely from scratch.


    The set comes with one journal, 15 Fineliner pens, five reusable stencils, six sticker sheets, six Washi tape sets, and one black gel pen.

    Promising review: "This is my first bullet journal and I cannot begin to explain how great this product is, the journal itself feels amazing and the pages are thick too so I won’t worry about the pen bleeding through. When I would buy other journals I wouldn’t know where to begin but with this I know what I want to do! For the price, it’s unbelievable what you get!" —Alysha Foster

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in six colors).

    And here's a handy bullet journal guide to answer any lingering questions you may have — including WTF a bullet journal even is.

    13. A Pomodoro technique timer to help you stay motivated and on-task while still making time for a quick break here and there. It works by allocating intervals of 25–30 minutes for work followed by five minutes of relaxing.

    A photo of the timer with a side for timing breaks and a side for timing work

    Promising review: "My son was having trouble staying motivated while studying for summer school so I thought I'd try this timer. It has made my life so much easier and his life so much more fun. The best part is, it gives him a short term goal to accomplish so he doesn't get overwhelmed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90.

    14. These caffeinated chocolate bars (that are equivalent to a cup of coffee, BTW) for that much-needed pick-me-up when you're practically falling asleep in front of your laptop but still have quite a few hours' worth of work ahead of you.

    A photo showing that one chocolate bar is equal to one cup of coffee

    Promising review: "These are yummy and definitely help keep you going. I sometimes work till the early hours and have my kids to get up and off to school. I don't like coffee or energy drinks as they seem harsh on my stomach, but these taste great and no tummy issues." —Mom of 6

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $19.99 (available as a pack of 72 and in caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and peanut butter).

    15. A mesh desk organizer with a slide-out drawer so you can not only stow away folders and paperwork but also keep your sticky notes and small office supplies in one convenient place — when ya need 'em, you've got 'em, and you won't have to spend 30 minutes looking for 'em right when you were getting into the zone.

    A photo of the organizer with the slide-out drawer and cubbies for notebooks and folders

    Promising Review: "Wonderful product that meets expectations. I bought this product since it had several features I was looking for — file sectionals for papers, shelf for folders or papers, drawer bins for various items. It really saved me from buying several different products or buying something with features I didn't need. The construction and material are solid and sturdy like you'll find in high-end offices. The drawers work seamlessly, sliding as if riding on air. Product description was spot on. Delivery was fast. Packaging was sensible." —Sid

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97 (available in black or silver).

    16. This mousepad to help you keep your daily tasks right where you can see them. As long as you go to use your laptop, you'll be reminded of what you have to tackle each day.

    The to-do list underneath a mouse pad

    Promising review: "The calendar is incredible handy for keeping track of projects at work. There's plenty of room for writing down daily tasks — I've been known to cram in several tasks in a day's column for particularly busy weeks. The spot for the pen is really handy, too. And I love the positive affirmations for each day! The whole thing is a great vibe for the week. Quality wise this product is excellent. The paper is sturdy, and each week tears off easily from the side. It arrived plastic-wrapped and in good condition." —Katie Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in four designs).

    17. Or a daily tear-off planner pad that's so cute you'll actually want to use it every day of the week. Plus, it'll be soooo satisfying to rip off the pages and crumple up the paper once you complete all your tasks and appointments for the day.

    The planner pad with space for notes and reminders

    Promising review: "You can stop scrolling around looking for the perfect planner because this one is absolutely PERFECT. Really helps manage my time and keep track of things all across the board. I also appreciate the positivity it exudes. Starts my day off just right!! I'll definitely be ordering more." —Brit

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (the pad contains 50 pages).

    18. This digital reading log print you can add to your binder to help motivate you to finish the five different books you're reading all at once. Plus, when you look back and see how many books you've read this year, you'll be super impressed with yourself.

    The book list with space for book titles, author names, start and end dates, and review ratings
    PlanandGlamShop / Etsy

    You'll be able to download and print this reading tracker after making your purchase. BTW, PlanandGlamShop is a WOC-owned Etsy shop that specializes in digital prints for all your ~fabulous~ organization needs.

    Get it from PlanandGlamShop on Etsy for $2.50.

    19. A colorful pack of good old Post-it notes so you can leave yourself important reminders literally anywhere. Plus, they can help you be more of an active participant in any task by allowing you to take thoughtful notes on every page you read or write.

    Promising review: "I absolutely adore these Post-it notes. The colors are very saturated, the paper is thick, and the notes are sticky enough for you to apply and reapply without a problem. You can even write in pencil and erase without smudges or tears in the paper, or feel free to use pen or even Sharpie without the ink bleeding through." —Ambar

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (one pack has 500 notes).

    20. This habit-tracking calendar because sometimes you decide to develop a new routine with various tasks — exercising, stretching every morning, reading daily for an hour, etc. — and managing them all can be daunting. This helps you organize all those new habits and track your progress with them.


    It has 12 categories (so you could theoretically focus on one new category each month), including reflection, finances, and exploration.

    Promising reviews: "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 or a cork board "gently" reminding you about your goals. All in all a great habit calendar that keeps you on track. :)" —LEJ

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    21. An adjustable bamboo book stand with page clips so you can be more comfortable studying in random places that may be too cramped for you to fully lay your book flat. (Ah, the lengths you go to in order to get away from your family long enough to finish outlining this textbook chapter.), Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this stand! It is adjustable so you can alter the angle you’d like to view your book and the page holders work great. Exactly what I was looking for. Well packaged and arrived on time, it now has a permanent home in our kitchen!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.93.

    22. These sticky note dividers so you can take chapter-by-chapter notes and easily find what you're looking for in your text book, notebook, or planner. Plus, a more organized notebook might make the task of reviewing each page feel less daunting.

    The brightly colored dividers sticking to the corners of notebook pages

    Promising review: "I use these dividers in my bullet journal in lieu of a key or index. They work perfectly. I actually laminated them and attached them with decorative washi tape because I literally use it everyday and didn't want the paper to wear out. I'm sure they would work without doing this, but I'm a little lamination obsessed. LOL." —PDiddy

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69+ (also available in packs of two, three, four, six, eight, nine, and 12).

    23. A pack of energizing mints for a super convenient little boost during the day — you were just finally starting to make headway on your to-do list when a wave of sluggishness hit you.

    A hand holding the slim pack of mints

    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." —Queen Torres

    Get a tin of 20 mints from Amazon for $4.99 (also available in a pack of six tins or a bag of 250 mints, and in four flavors).

    24. And this expanding file folder that'll help you organize your important papers for work, school, and other obligations — you'll actually be able to find the papers you need when you need them. Each file contains five pockets to organize papers across different categories.

    A photo of the files leaning against one another

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I've always been the type of person to have a different folder for each subject in school, and to buy new folders every semester because they accumulate wear and tear by the end of the term. But it became too annoying to have to switch out notebooks and folders every day depending on what classes I had. It also increased the likelihood that I'd forget a folder for a particular class, so I gave this a try. After four months of continuous use, it's held up really well! It holds everything that I need and it is always by my side. It actually still looks somewhat new. I got compliments on it because it's cute and a great organizational tool." —KaleSensei

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 10 colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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