Skip To Content

    26 Products Every Super Busy Person Will Wonder How They Lived Without All This Time

    Trust me, you'll want to fit checking them out into your schedule.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A clever visual timer with red space that disappears as the hour passes so you'll take the Spice Girls' advice and not go wasting your precious time.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It's got over 1,000 positive Amazon reviews and an optional audible alarm. Here's what my coworker Jennifer Tonti has to say about it: "I have ADHD and I've used various tools throughout my education to keep me organized and on-task. This is one of the best. I personally set 30-minute increments for any given task; an hour becomes too much time and I get side-tracked. It’s not that I must finish my task in 30 minutes, but rather that I'm kept aware of time passing in the first place, which helps me stay focused. The red film is a necessary visual representation of time that really makes this clock better than just a timer on my phone. I keep it in view and whenever I feel my mind trailing off, I can quickly glance up and say, 'oh wow, that was 10 minutes of distraction, better get back into it.'”

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99. Get the required AA batteries here.

    2. A super-durable, machine-washable, and smile-worthy Baggu nylon grocery tote that can actually handle your furious errand runs (and the borderline offensive amount of stuff you have to carry at all times).

    Amazon

    It can hold up to 50 pounds and even fold up into a handy little pouch!

    Promising review: "Best reusable bags ever! I bought this to replace one of my old Baggus that I stained with a permanent marker. These are super durable and will last you for a long time! My old Baggu bag was used daily for over four years and never ripped or fell apart. Worth the purchase!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    3. A roll-on headache and migraine relief stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils that's an absolute game-changer for anyone whose busy schedule is too often a literal headache.

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed, Yi Yang/BuzzFeed

    Seriously, this is one product that yours truly, a very very busy person, cannot live without. I started using this magical product a couple years ago and since then have told approximately 1,089,642 people about it. I keep one in my purse and one on my dresser, and I reorder before I'm actually close to running out. While it won't kill a major migraine on its own, it feels super soothing and cooling. If I end up taking ibuprofen for my headache, this is really nice to use while it kicks in. Also, if I just have a slight headache or just the beginnings of one, a few swipes of this (lightly on my temples and forehead and as heavily as I want on my neck) can actually knock it out or delay it getting worse. It's so great to help me get through my busy workdays and social activities, and I really wish I'd had it during high school and college to help me get through the day then! Check out my full Migrastil review.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. A pack of Invisibobble hair ties that seriously stay put all day — no adjusting your pony as you work. Plus, they're gentler on your hair than regular elastics, so tossing your 'do in a messy bun for a bit doesn't mean you're doomed to have a crease in your hair till your next shower.

    The clear spiral hair ties in their packaging
    Target

    These are also great to sleep in so you don't wake up with a total bird's nest for a head. I personally use these as my everyday hair ties and I honestly will never use anything else again. The few times I've lost one (one Invisibobble lasts me months and months and months) and had to use something else, I was shook by how uncomfy and insecure regular elastics felt. How did I put up with them for so many years?

    Promising review: "I love how easily these come out at the end of the day and that my hair doesn’t have that bump from wearing it up for hours. This hair tie is not going to give you that super tight pony feeling, but they do stay put. They also stretch out a bit with use just like a regular elastic, but unlike those, these can shrink back down." —Schujans

    Get a pack of three from Target for $7.99.

    5. A super convenient on-the-go meal container with two compartments so you can keep toppings and sides from getting soggy. And since it's got a spoon and built-in holder, you now only need to remember to pack one (1) thing in your lunch bag and you're good to go.

    Amazon

    It's BPA-free and safe for the microwave, freezer, fridge, and dishwasher!

    Promising review: "Exceptional quality and so versatile!!! Love this container, which they call it a 'yogurt and topping' container. I say it is a soup with crackers, cereal with milk, spaghetti with garlic bread, chicken/rice with green beans...and on and on container!!! So far those are the meals I have put in this perfectly sized container. It has an excellent seal — no leaks and no worries there will be based on the solid build and tight-fitting lid. It's nicely proportioned too; at first I thought there wasn't enough chicken and rice in the bottom and green beans in the top lid, but it turned out it was a perfect portion for lunch! I just microwave and eat — love it!!!" —BaliDreamer

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A simple-yet-brilliant gadget for anyone who knows that sometimes the most basic tasks are the ones that get forgotten when work, school, and social commitments are pure chaos.

    The panel that reads "Did you feed the dog?" and has toggles to slide over for A.M. and P.M. each day of the week
    amazon.com

    Sometimes the stuff we do every day is the easiest to totally forget whether we've done or not, from feeding a pet to taking a pill to putting on deodorant. You can totally use this for any other non-dog-related daily task, too!

    Promising review: "I don't know how we ever lived without this! When reminder Post-Its fell off the counter, our dogs either missed meals or got fed twice. Now we have this yes/no tool on a little easel near the dog food scoop and anyone in the kitchen can see if the pups need to be fed or not. Our dogs are liars and always act like they need to eat, so having this easy-to-use, durable reminder tool has been a big help! Visitors to my home have favorably commented on it. I would definitely buy this as a gift for dog lovers in a busy household." —Shelby Skye

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    7. A cute and sturdy file folder that can expand to hold 150-200 sheets of paper, so your days of having to schlep a bunch of different folders and notebooks (or waste precious time switching your papers around between them) are done.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Some reviewers say they can even fit smaller folders or notebooks inside. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on these amazing folders.

    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 solid colors for $7.99 (available in 10 colors) or florals for $7.99 (available in four colors), both from Amazon.

    8. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish, which is here to prove everyone who thinks they don't have time to do their nails wrong once and for all. This stuff dries in as little as a minute!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm in LOVE with the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line. This is the only brand I buy now. As a new mom, painting your toenails is kind of a rare luxury, so I place a high value on getting it done quickly. This polish allows me to do it fast, without sacrificing durability. I highly recommend this polish for busy adults." —KFrench

    Get it from Amazon for $4.45+ (available in 16 colors).

    9. A microwave mac 'n' cheese cooker, because you know boxed mac tastes better than made-to-microwave tubs, but you'd sure as heck still like to be able to quickly cook it (and lots of other dishes that usually require boiling water) in the microwave.

    The blue rectangular cooker filled with mac 'n' cheese
    @rapid_brands_inc / Via instagram.com

    It's BPA-free and reviewers also love it for other packaged rice and pasta products you'd usually cook on the stove. It's from a Black-owned, as-seen-on-Shark Tank company that now makes rapid cookers for everything from noodles to oatmeal to desserts!

    Promising review: "Living with a lot of roommates discouraged me from cooking in the kitchen, because it's always so cramped or dirty, so anything that I can make in my room with a microwave is a lifesaver for me and this really helps. I've used it for salads because its deep and durable. I've cooked macaroni, penne, and bowties in a third of the time I'd spend boiling water on a stove and making pasta that way. And this also works great with those Knorr pasta sides. It's also ridiculously easy to clean. I fell asleep and forgot to wash out the cheese and pasta that hardened overnight, and it took like two seconds of rinsing and scrubbing for everything to come out." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.85.

    10. An ingenious cereal cup with separate holes for the milk and cereal, so you can simply take a sip of the perfect, non-soggy breakfast while sitting at your desk or running errands. Just know that this means you now have ZERO excuses for skipping the most important meal of the day.

    Amazon

    It's BPA-free and dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "If you want to be lazy for 15 minutes more in bed in the morning, this crunch cup is GOLD for you! If you are a busy person or someone who takes at least an hour to commute to work like me, you will understand that 15 minutes is SO PRECIOUS in the early morning. This is so easy to use. I love how I can enjoy my cereal in my car. It fits perfectly in my car and it keeps the cereal from getting mushy. The only con I will say is that it does require some practice before you can eat or drink out of this cup with ease. The problem I was having when I first started to use it was that when I take a big sip (when I am greedy and want more cereal in my mouth at once), I tend to inhale bunch of air too. Other than that, really no complaints. I really enjoy eating my breakfast out of this!" —H. Tam

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in three colors).

    11. The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges, which might actually get you to finally do all those things you keep saying you're gonna do (like find time to read or get outside) by breaking them down into baby steps that'll fit into even the busiest schedules.

    The book's cover
    Amazon

    It has seven sections: Fitness, Food, Self-Care, Mindfulness, Organization & Productivity, Networking & Relationships, and Creativity & Learning. Each challenge is small and flexible enough for even the busiest people, but they really add up. For example, the running challenge only asks that you run every day — it doesn't say how fast or how long. Some other downright doable challenges? Read 20 pages a day, take a photo every day, floss properly, and meditate daily for 10 minutes.

    Promising review: "'Brilliant' is not a word I toss around lightly, but The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges is brilliant! The table of contents doesn't include anything I wouldn't like to be in my routine, and includes most things I've said I would like to do, such as meditate, sleep better, wake up earlier, drink more water, walk 10,000 steps — you get the idea. Almost all of these good habits have always seemed too difficult/too time-consuming/too overwhelming, — just too much! The good approach I learned from this book is 'one thing at a time.' Trying to 'get in shape' is not really a goal, but to just run, or just train for a plank, or just do yoga (one thing at a time), makes the goal manageable, and the 30-day challenge makes it doable. The challenges cut across all aspects of my life — exercise, food, creativity, relationships — and include the exact types of habits that will make a real, positive, difference in life." —Peter Hamblin

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+.

    12. And a simple yet revolutionary habit calendar that'll also help you commit to and track those efforts. It's got 12 months' worth of planning pages with space to track daily, weekly, and monthly habits and goals to help you be your most badass self.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It's also made from recycled paper to help you achieve your goal of living a lil' more sustainably! There's even an activity at the beginning to help you brainstorm habits to track, and each month starts with a themed page (for example, "sleep," "gratitude," and "finances") with some words of wisdom and a suggested habit to try.

    Promising review: "I wanted to reduce stress and nail down some habits, and I've always done better when I can see progress tangibly. I'd been eyeing this calendar for some time, but was unsure if it was worth the money. I decided to go for it. SO glad I did. It has some 'homework' pages at the beginning to help you focus in on your goals, but mostly it's the cleanness and ready-to-go nature of the monthly calendar pages that have worked for me. It's helped me be more disciplined AND narrow my focus so I'm not worrying about doing everything under the sun each day. I liked it so much that I bought a second one for a friend. Another friend saw me using it and also made a purchase. I'm really happy I made the leap." —Flight of Stars
    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    13. A peel-and-stick dry erase weekly calendar to keep you (and your family's) packed schedule available for reference at a glance.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is essential for busy people. My boyfriend and I have very different schedules. He works a full-time job, I work two part-time jobs, go to school full time, and am usually part of a theatre production or two. This whiteboard calendar, coupled with some colorful dry-erase markers, is ESSENTIAL! Not only does my boyfriend know what my schedule looks like this week, but I know where I'm supposed to be and when. It was very easy to put up and seems like it would be easy to move." —Kalen Stockton

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A multipurpose nonstick mini griddle that's so efficient and easy to clean, your excuses not to cook will be, well, cooked.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It comes with a book of recipes plus access to an online database with even more!

    Promising review: "This is a neat little device for when you want to cook a little something quickly without making a mess on the stove. I mostly use it to cook one or two eggs at a time. It cooks from both sides and gets the job done, usually in less than five minutes while I multitask on other things. My egg(s) come out fluffy and delicious. I don't even have to use cooking spray or butter; I've never had the egg stick to it. I just clean it with a wet paper towel and let it cool before I put it away. I love the color and the ease of use! I also use this when traveling or camping. What else could you cook or warm up with this? Be creative. A small slab of meat/hamburger, chicken breast, vegetables, etc...." —L. Kiesler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    15. One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, which is great for people who always wish they had the time and energy to journal, but just plain do not (big mood). With this, you can create a really cool log of your life just by writing a single sentence every day!

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed

    Over 2,000 reviewers love it and so do I! Each page is dated and has five small spaces and room to fill in the year for each one, so you can keep a short record every day for five years and compare what you wrote over time. I adore this and it's the first thing that's actually gotten me to journal every day. I usually write more of a blurb than a sentence, but it literally takes me two minutes or less right before bed. I just started it a little under a year ago, but I can't wait to have a full, long-term log of my life!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.52 or Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $15.59.

    16. An organization porn-worthy tear-off planning pad with spaces not just for your appointments and work to-dos, but also to remind you to get some exercise and...oh wait what's that thing I keep forgetting to do? Oh yeah...STOP TO EAT SOME DAMN LUNCH.

    The filled out pad propped up on a desk
    Amazon

    The handy labeled sections on the pad are "Top Priorities," "To-Do List," "Notes & Ideas," "Date," "Today I'm Grateful For," "Important Times," "Meals, Snacks & Water," and "Exercise/Self-Care."

    Promising review: "I use my iPhone as a calendar, but it has its limitations; I still prefer paper when it comes to planning. This daily page planner motivates me to take care of myself while I take care of the things that need to be done. I like that the 'must do today' section only has three spaces, while there's much more room below to write additional tasks for later. This keeps me from piling too many tasks on myself. It also has a place to track water intake and three square meals, and one of my favorite parts is the box in which I am asked to write what I am thankful for each day." —Donna T. Edmundson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in two colors; also available in eight other organizational pads, from meal planning to meeting notes).

    17. A compact yet strong portable power bank that over 13,000 (!!!) reviewers love, because having your phone die during a busy day on-the-go is, sorry, not an option.

    Amazon

    It claims to provide about three and a half charges to an iPhone 8 or two and a half to a Galaxy S8, and it comes with a storage pouch and Micro USB cable.

    Promising review: "If you're looking for peace of mind every time you leave the house, this power bank doesn't disappoint. It's the size of a credit card and only a hair heavier than my iPhone 6, making it extremely portable without being bulky and heavy. There's a power button you press that shows how much power is left via four blue lights (when it's dead, only one light will flash). I'm always impressed by how quickly this charges my iPhone 6 (from 10% to near full takes approximately an hour). So far, I've been able to charge my phone about four times from near empty to full before having to charge the power bank. It comes with a USB cable to charge the bank itself, as well as a drawstring pouch. What I love the most about this power bank is how effective it's been. If you want a reliable power bank that charges your phone in no time and frees you from being attached to a wall outlet, GET THIS!" —Patrick

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

    18. A RFID-blocking passport wallet with tons of handy pockets that's a must have for keeping your myriad cards and documents organized for errands and/or future travel.

    amazon.com

    It has over 4,000 positive reviews and even includes a pocket for your phone!

    Promising review: "I've been looking for the perfect travel wallet that can fit a lot of stuff but not look bulky and I think I've found it :). It's so difficult to find one that can fit all the stuff you need in one place. I love the color and material, and the design is very sleek. It has a lot of pockets inside for cash (bills and coins!), a pen, passport, IDs, and ESPECIALLY airline tickets! It's almost the size of a regular/medium greeting card envelope. It saves you the hassle of rummaging through your bag to look for what you need or having to take out a different kind of wallet for money and ID, etc. I'll definitely get one for my daughter or as a gift for someone who likes to travel organized and in style." —MoonMaiden_1980

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 37 colors).

    19. A cute and inspirational college-ruled spiral notebook featuring an illustration of a stylish boss lady multitasking with her phone, laptop, and coffee that looks a heck of a lot like someone you know (hint: it's you).

    The notebook with an illustration of a Black woman in a pink suit on the phone, holding coffee, and standing in front of her cute desk
    CopperandBrassPaper/Etsy

    This Black woman-owned Etsy shop also stocks other adorable office supplies featuring artwork of badass Black women kicking butt at work, school, and life!

    Get it from CopperandBrassPaper on Etsy for $16.

    20. A 13-pocket purse organizer so two of your most fundamental needs — being able to carry everything you could ever need in your life in your bag and actually being able to find said things in said bag — can be met at the same dang time. And here you thought it couldn't be done.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I travel a lot and like to use totes rather than a handbag. The challenge is keeping that open space organized — everything falls to the bottom of the tote! This organizer is perfect. A firm felt fabric holds my phone, papers, cosmetics, pen, notebook, etc,. without any issues retrieving any of them. It also has a clip-on strap that attaches to my keys, and it's long enough to reach from inside my tote to unlock the door! So clever and very handy. The center section of the organizer is a removable zippered pouch that could be used as a smaller organizer in another bag or can be removed if I have a larger item to carry in the center of the bag. The organizer also works great for moving from tote to tote. It's the right size and height. All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.88+ (available in six sizes and 14 colors).

    21. A starter kit of Verb Energy bars, aka vegan, green-tea caffeinated bars you'll be glad to have on hand when you're working hard (as always) and the classic 3 p.m. Slump™️ hits — not just because they'll give you a boost minus the jittery feeling, but because the flavors are so yummy, too.

    A model eating one of the bars with more packages in the background
    Verb Energy

    The tasty flavor options are salted peanut butter, lemon raspberry, maple blueberry, coconut chai, and vanilla latte! 😋 Once you're hooked on your new fave snack, you can conveniently subscribe to restocks by texting — yes, texting — a real human from the company!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these bars!! These get me through the mid-day humps! This has become my mid day snack with water. I have noticed how it's helped me and how I don't have any type of crash either. I've recommended this product to many friends and family. The price is so worth it if you compare it to drinking a cup of coffee. All I have to say don't hesitate and just try it!" —Ambren78

    Get a pack of 12 bars plus four samples of the other flavors from Verb Energy for $12.50 for BuzzFeed readers with the code BUZZFEED50 (originally $25; available in five flavors).

    22. The Lip Bar's Skin Serum Foundation, which not only lasts all day but also allows you to skip a step or two putting it on. How, you ask? It's made with hyaluronic acid so it's like a serum and foundation in one, and it's got an easy built-in brush pen design — just click the top to dispense product onto it!

    The Lip Bar

    It's cruelty-free and vegan and it comes in so many shades that you're sure to find your perfect match. Plus it's from a Black woman-owned business that focuses on inclusivity in the beauty world!

    Promising review: "I’m very impressed. As someone who knows nothing about makeup, I found this super easy to apply. I used the shade matcher on the site and it matches me PERFECTLY. I can hardly tell I’m wearing makeup. Plus I wore it on a super hot day where I was sweating a bunch and my face was unbothered. By the time I made it home that evening it was still looking good!" —Shaquilla B.

    Get it from The Lip Bar for $28 (available in 26 shades).

    23. Cheerful pastel four-color pens to take color-coding your planner and notes to new levels. Also, switching between different color pens? Who has time for that?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are great for nursing students. I need the different colors to keep my patients' information straight. Each color is for a different patient and my system has worked very well. The colors are also more appealing than your normal four-color pen, which I like. I bought this pen over a year ago and am still on pen number one, so I can confirm they also last a very long time." —Zoomzoomxpress

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $6.83.

    24. A subscription to meal kit delivery service Home Chef, which will bring you all the ingredients you need to cook meals you'll actually be excited to eat. Because ordering less takeout doesn't have to mean more trips to the grocery store or tons of time spent meal prepping.

    A burger and steak fries
    @realhomechef / Via instagram.com

    "But I don't like the pre-set meals that come in kits," you whine. Well, Home Chef actually lets you swap out and customize some parts of the dishes they offer, like changing the protein. The system also works week by week, so you can change how many meals you get each week and easily take a break from the service. The available menus can fit all kinds of tastes, schedules, needs, and skills, from "Ready in 15" to "Grill-Ready."

    Meals start at $6.99/serving, and you can get $15 off each of your first four boxes ($60 off total) with the exclusive code BUZZFEEDHC60.

    25. A throw-on-and go comfy dress like this sweet T-shirt style that'd be chic dressed up or down and that you barely have to think about throwing on in the morning.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This one has over 2,900 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "Easy outfit for busy mothers. The dress is very cute — the perfect T-shirt dress you can dress up or down with accessories. I'm 5'6" and it sits a little over my knees." —Dr_Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $20.91+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and in 29 colors and prints).

    26. And a pack of adulting stickers so you can reward yourself for major accomplishments like eating a vegetable and matching your socks.

    Amazon

    Some of the other stickers say things "showered today" and "got off the couch by noon," which are both seriously major moves during quarantine.

    Promising review: "I bought these to encourage myself during hard times in grad school. I thought they were hilarious. My prof thought so too, and had me bring in some for her. 😂" —N2ryan

    Get a pack of 18 from Amazon for $4.99.

    Ursula is our forever mood.

    Disney

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

    What's your favorite product?

    Tell us about your favorite product
    Your review may be featured in a BuzzFeed.com post.
    *
    *
    *
    Minimum 25 characters, 1500 characters left
    *
    Upload up to 4 photos you took of the product and/or how you use it. (We love before & after photos!)
    View our photo guidelines with tips that increase your chance of getting featured.
    Max 10 MB. Accepted file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .png.

    Shopping Newsletter
     

    Find great products and the best-money saving deals around, delivered right to your inbox.
    Newsletter signup form