29 Things You Need If You're Horrible At Concentrating
Please concentrate on reading this post so these can help you.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — cue anxiety — this can help!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 — send help.
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.
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.
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.
20. A morally supportive mousepad weekly planner to give you a ~hand~ when it comes to staying on task.
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.
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.
23. An exercise ball so you can do your work while ALSO improving your posture, strengthening your core, and squeezing in a light workout — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.