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    29 Things You Need If You're Horrible At Concentrating

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    1. A pair of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones so you don’t have to reread the same email like five times because of the loud construction that, of course, is happening right outside your window.

    Closeup of the headphones with a finger pressing the conveniently located buttons
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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 $29.99+ (available in eight colors).

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

    2. Or! A set of foam earplugs if listening to music or podcasts while working makes you even more distracted, but you still need something to block out noisy roommates or annoying street sounds.

    Michelle No / BuzzFeed

    They're also safe and comfortable for sleeping!

    Promising review: "I purchased these earplugs 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 hangar. 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€”Claire

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $2.98.

    To learn more, check out "These $6 Earplugs Actually Changed The Way I Sleep."

    3. A pack of mushroom coffee mix that reviewers say gives them the same energy boost as regular coffee, minus the jitters or caffeine headaches! If that morning cup of joe tends to overplay its hand, leaving you feeling anxious, scattered, and even less productive, this might be the alternative for you.

    Reviewer holding up a packet of the mushroom coffee mix

    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 $11.95+ (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)

    4. A pair of blue-light glasses that are said to help you avoid headaches and eye fatigue from staring at a computer screen all day, because it's hard to get anything done when your head is POUNDING.,

    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 $15.99+ (available in 14 colors).

    See a BuzzFeed editor's review on v similar blue light-blocking glasses in "8 Life-Changing Things To Try In December." (#1)

    5. A white noise machine to drown out any distracting noises with a soothing sound that reviewers find actually helps them focus. Some also use it at night to help them sleep better, because it's so much easier to be productive when you're well rested.

    The white noise machine sitting on a side table while Model reads a book

    It has ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise variations, including white noise, pink noise and brown noise.

    Promising review: "If you are wanting to drown out noise in any environment, this is your solution. I'm sensitive to noise and highly misplaced working in a noisy office. This device has numerous combinations between sound types and volume. I was able to find the perfect mix to drown out the loud people in my office. I'm now able to focus and be much more productive and happier at work." β€”MB

    Get it from Amazon for $32.17 (available in four colors and in two styles).

    6. A productivity timer that'll help you balance work time and break time. If you find yourself not taking actual breaks, but spending most of the day glancing at an assignment, then checking your phone for a few, then rereading your assignment before scrolling through Instagram for a while, THEN feeling restless because you've been sitting at your desk all day but you also haven't gotten anything done β€” cue anxiety β€” this can help!

    The timer sitting next to its packaging showing five minutes on the "play" side and 30 minutes on the "work" side

    It sets your work time for 30 minutes, but visually reminds you of your upcoming five minutes of pure, unadulterated play time so you can stay in the zone while knowing there's a light at the end of the tunnel. You've earned it!

    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." β€”Mysteryfish12

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90.

    7. A set of squishy eggs for reducing stress levels in a healthy way and preventing nervous habits like biting your nails and picking your cuticles. They can also help prevent joint pain and carpal tunnel if your hands are basically glued to a mouse and keyboard every day.

    Three different colored eggs in Reviewer's hand

    They even come in three resistance levels so you can build grip strength!

    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).

    8. Or try a stainless-steel spinner ring so that when you feel the impulse to fall into bored or nervous habits, you can just fidget with this thing instead. Reviewers say it really helps! Plus, it comes in a variety of cute colors so everyone will just think you have great taste in jewelry.

    The ring on a Model's finger

    Promising review: "I've had this ring for about two weeks now and just had to write a review. I've had the nervous/bored habit of picking at my fingers since I was a kid. I can't remember the last time I've not had at least one nail bed torn up and bloody. For people with similar habits, I can't recommend this ring enough. It's a great, nondistracting way to redirect fidgety behaviors. I've worn it every day since receiving it and for the first time in years I have intact nail beds! Every time I catch myself starting to pick at a dry patch of skin or uneven cuticle on my finger, I rotate the ring a few times and the impulse disappears." β€”KGL

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes 5–10 and eight colors).

    9. An all-natural tension relief balm with aromatherapy benefits to help ease that afternoon headache and relieve tension and stress so you don't fade before you've even gotten close to finishing your to-do list for the day.

    The balm in its packaging

    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 $14.99 (available in six scents).

    10. An elephant desk organizer, because it's hard to be productive when your space is cluttered to the point of inducing anxiety. Plus, it holds your phone so you can quickly read notifications instead of constantly picking it up to check it and inevitably getting SUCKED IN.

    The organizer holding a phone, pens, pencils, markers, scissors, a ruler, and more

    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 $7.99+ (available in six patterns).

    11. A gel-enhanced seat cushion for making sure your productivity streak isn't derailed by some uninvited mid-afternoon back pain. If your posture is...not the best, this'll help improve it while also keeping your bum happily floating on a cloud of memory foam.

    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 $32.95.

    12. A portable laptop desk with a cushion that conforms to your lap, because it'll make it way more comfortable to work in your bed or on the couch. Plus, if your laptop loves to heat up to like a thousand degrees when all you asked it to do was handle more tabs than a bartender on St. Patrick's Day, this'll help keep you cool and focused instead of sweaty and distracted.

    Model sitting on the couch using a laptop on top of the desk

    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!" β€”Thrivin T

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

    13. An essential oil blend of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and pine that reviewers say actually gives you quick pick-me-up if you're starting to feel sleepy. It's perfect for those moments when you're doing more yawning than working and a good alternative to coffee if you don't handle caffeine very well.

    The essential oil blend in its bottle

    Promising review: "I love this blend. I work all day in an office and that three o'clock hour always makes me so tired on days when our office is very quiet. Just a quick sniff of this blend, and it really is an eye-opener! I keep a couple drops on a cotton ball and inhale it when I'm starting to feel sleepy, and it really does the trick." β€”Elle Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in four sizes).

    14. A monitor mount clip to keep your to-do list front and center so even the most seasoned procrastinators can't avoid facing the tasks that must get done. OR use it to keep notes and docs conveniently at eye-level so you can free up some precious real estate on your screen and desk (and be less distracted by constant window/paper shuffling).

    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!" β€”Elee the Lawyer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.01.

    15. A squeeze-pack of Justin's honey peanut butter for anyone who puts off eating to get more work done, but then ends up being LESS focused (and actually kind of... anxious?) because your body and mind are BEGGING for food. These make it easy to prepare a quick snack so you don't have to spend a bunch of time making food, which can lead to a whole host of other distractions. Whoops, I came into the kitchen to grab a sandwich, but now I have 15 tabs open of recipes for falafel β€” send help.

    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." β€”Patricia Ferdig

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.60.

    16. A fun daily planner specifically designed to help increase productivity and time management by prompting you to set monthly, weekly, and daily goals. Seeing how seemingly mundane tasks fit into your overall plan can be super helpful, especially if most of your procrastination stems from feeling overwhelmed, scattered, discouraged, and distracted.

    The planner open to a page with a variety of prompts as well as entries from the Reviewer

    It's self-described as "part agenda, part gratitude journal, part schedule, part goal planner, and part life organizer" AND has a very cute panda on the cover.

    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 $20.97.

    See what won best productivity planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    17. A bright LED table lamp so you can kill the overhead lights in the evening without your brain deciding it's time for sleep when you still have three quarters of an assignment to finish before midnight.

    The lamp with the light on

    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." β€”Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in two colors).

    18. A soothing mini essential oil diffuser, because a calm space is a productive space. Try some peppermint aromatherapy oil if you're feeling a little clouded and need something to help clear your head and regain focus.

    Reviewer image of the diffuser on a desk

    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).

    19. A pack of Neuro energy gum that uses a formula of green tea caffeine, vitamin B6 (for your mood), and vitamin B12 (for your energy) to help give you a lil' boost without the jitters or crash.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed,

    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." β€”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)

    20. A morally supportive mousepad weekly planner to give you a ~hand~ when it comes to staying on task.

    The pad reading "LET'S DO THIS" with a mouse on top

    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 $10+ (available in four styles).

    21. An adjustable standing desk, because after sitting for wayyyy too long, sometimes standing and working is just what you need to clear your head and shake off any back/neck pain or stiffness.

    Model using a laptop at the standing desk

    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 $49.99+ (available in three sizes and colors).

    22. A habit-tracking calendar that uses fun illustrations and prompts to help you organize your goals. It's designed to help you keep track of your habits so you can break the bad ones and start/maintain good ones that'll keep you on task.

    Examples of three different pages from the calendar β€” one for "reflection," one for "exploration," and one for "finances"

    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." β€”LEJ

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    23. An exercise ball so you can do your work while ALSO improving your posture, strengthening your core, and squeezing in a light workout β€” all without leaving your desk. Talk about productive! Reviewers also say they find it easier to stay focused when bouncing on one of these instead of squirming around restlessly in a boring chair all day.

    Model working at a desk while sitting on the ball

    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." β€”AlexEnds

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in five sizes and ten colors).

    24. A late-night creative journal for anyone with a restless mind that will not let them fall (or stay) asleep. This journal gently helps you unpack your day and explore what keeps you up at night (and why) so you'll be well rested and clear-headed when morning rolls around.

    The cover of the journal

    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." β€”Trevor Burbank

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    25. A set of fine-point markers that make taking notes... kinda fun? Studying is so much less boring when you can pretend you're doing arts and crafts instead.

    Reviewer image of a colorful study guide made with the markers

    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." β€”Kaitlyn

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $5.09.

    26. A double-sided sign so your roommate knows not to come bursting into your room when you're super busy or in the middle of a v important Zoom meeting.

    Both sides of the sign

    Promising review: "This is a nice-sized, not a gigantic sign. I got for my son's dorm room. He is in a 'suite' so he has a private room but shares a common area with three others. With this, if he is in study- or sleep-mode he has a nice way to say bugger off." β€”HeRB

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    27. A Chrome extension called StayFocusd that restricts the amount of time you can stay on time-sucking sites like YouTube. That way, a quick scroll doesn't turn into a multi-hour Reddit hole researching unsolved mysteries from the 1980s when you should really be working on that assignment that's due... today.

    Screenshot of the StayFocused web page

    Get it from the Google Chrome Web Store free.

    28. A self-empowerment guide to inspire you to rise above your obstacles and stop making excuses so you can stay on track toward being your best self. If you're feeling stuck, this book has your back!

    The cover of the book

    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." β€”jordan culler

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook).

    29. A monitor riser and keyboard organizer that work together to keep your workspace as clear and focused as you should be too!


    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 $19.95+ (available in four sizes and the keyboard organizer for $18.49.

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

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