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    30 Things That’ll Probably Get You Voted "Most Likely To Succeed"

    *Extremely J. Pierrepont Finch voice*: ♫How to...succeeeeeeeed ♫

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    1. A compact budget book with space to record all the money you have coming in and out, plus pockets for stashing important bills and receipts. You'll be managing your money like a pro in no time, even if you understand what approximately zero of the words on your tax return mean.


    Same, tbh. This planner has also got places to record day-to-day spending, income, regular monthly payments, and totals at the end of the month.

    Promising review: "This is a good size to fit in my work purse. It seems very durable and comes with extra pages for Christmas spending. The sections for receipts are also a great addition. I love, love, love it. It's done wonders for my finances. Now I'm able to see where my money goes each month. I'm able to track my spending each day and have a total for the month. I'd recommend this book to anyone. I'll definitely be buying another as soon as I finish this one." —Kimmy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two designs).

    2. A two-piece wooden desk shelf you can adjust to perfectly fit your workspace and hold all your tools of the trade in organization-porn-worthy fashion.


    The part on the left, with the tall wall and perpendicular rectangular compartment is one piece, while the low shelf and open bookcase part on the right is another. You can separate them or squeeze them together however you want! Plus, it comes with everything you need for assembly, including a screwdriver.

    Promising review: "This shelf is so well made. The material is very solid and durable and really good quality. It was easy to assemble and aligned perfectly. So many of these I buy are cheaply made and don't align, so this one is top notch! Also it was much larger than I expected, but the double-shelf design allowed me to adjust it so it would fit. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a great shelf for their desk that's beautiful, easy to assemble, affordable, and sturdy!" —Jennie Sydney

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A set of amazing fine-tipped pens that over 1,400 reviewers swear by to make your notes or planner look amazing. Honestly, anything color-coded looks super impressive to me, so you're gonna score points even if your system really makes no sense (or if you just use the pretty colors randomly).


    Promising review: "These have great color saturation, glide easily on paper, and don't bleed through to the next page! I can't recommend them enough. The shape is also amazing — they are beautifully crafted all the way to the cap. 10/10 will be buying more in the future." —mfin

    Get a set of 10 for $5.49.

    4. A clever meeting notepad with space to set an agenda and write down important takeaways on several topics, plus a checklist on the back for next steps, who's handling them, and their deadlines. Get ready to be the only person not asking your boss to repeat things they've already said.


    Oh, and to hold Mark in HR accountable when he said he'd bring bagels to the next meeting. You have the RECEIPTS!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    5. Oversized sticky note divider tabs that'll give you the most organized notes of your life and set you apart from all your basic coworkers and classmates. Those fools think a simple notebook and highlighter is all they need.


    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on these sticky tabs.

    Promising review: "These sticky notes are excellent. They come in a booklet, with a clear cover over and a card-like paper with a blue mandala pattern at the back, which is really neat and beautiful. The colors are quite bright. The tabs are neat and noticeable at any angle. I think every student or teacher in high school or college should own these, and many businesspeople should too. They're extremely useful for taking notes, lesson/project/essay/test/other planning, and getting important information down on a note that won't get lost in your planner or notebook. I'll keep these in my book bag and carry them with me to school, and I'll definitely repurchase as soon as I come close to running out." —malik

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $4.97.

    6. A handy adhesive pen loop so you'll never be without your precious pen that, when it comes to your success, is definitely mightier than the sword.


    Pens are much more useful than swords for advancing your career, in my experience. Unless you're Macbeth, and that didn't turn out so well for him in the end.

    Promising review: "These use a great 3M adhesive that adheres well. I happen use a skinny pen and the elastic works well, but my wife uses a fat four-color pen and that fits just as well." —Steve Harris

    Get a pack of nine from Amazon for $8.48.

    7. An absolutely fabulous power suit that'll make you strut into every room like you own the place (because you basically do).


    Get the blazer for $29 (available in sizes 2–22 and in six colors) and the pants for $21 (available in sizes 2–22 and in seven colors), both from Boohoo.

    8. And an OMG-worthy phone case inspired by said power suit to help you channel the same energy even on tee-and-sweatpants days.


    Get it from for $9.99 (originally $32, fits iPhone 7 and 8).

    9. Cable clips so you won't get your wires crossed, and your desk will look way more organized than your coworker Karen who has approximately 152 cords tangled behind her computer at all times.


    Over 2,600 Amazon reviewers swear by these!

    Promising review: "These cable clips are a lifesaver. I use them at my desk in my office to help control the chaos of multiple cords, which has saved my sanity multiple times! No more tangled cords! I also use one on the side of my nightstand for my phone charger cord. It keeps my cord within reach and avoids me having to search in the dark for it. The holders have a sticky backing to help secure the cable cord holder wherever you'd like. The sticky backing hasn’t failed me yet! These are great little organizers to have — you don’t realize how much you need them until you have them!" —Lauren Bayly

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.97.

    10. A chic, grooved hair tie-holding bracelet that everyone will marvel at because 1) it's so genius and 2) you'll always be prepared with a hair tie without looking sloppy. The classic hair-tie-around-your-wrist trick, but make it ~fashion~.


    The bracelet also comes with four hair ties, which is perfect because you can never have too many!!!

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!! This is the best thing I've ever found on Amazon! I have very thick hair and there is nothing worse than a ponytail holder that cuts off of the circulation to my wrist at first, just to have it break later so I have to start the process over again. This is worth the money." —leah williams

    Get it from Amazon for $13.86+ (available in four colors).

    11. An enamel pin representing your forever mood, so no one will ever mistake the power nap you just took at your desk for weakness.


    Get it from Punkypins on Etsy for $10.29.

    12. A pretty patterned clipboard, because anytime I've seen someone with a clipboard, I've automatically assumed they were in charge.


    Promising review: "I go through clipboards almost as if they're candy. I'm disabled so I NEED the actual clip with the handle to be able to do things by myself. Unfortunately, there aren't many clipboards with handles that don't blend in with medical crap, but this one of the few so I'll be stocking up." —Rae Hazelbaker

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in two designs).

    13. Sexy and versatile yet surprisingly comfy heels that will have you walking confidently into meetings and parties and looking stylish — while being way less miserable than everyone else who squeezed their feet into stilettos. You truly do slay all day.


    Promising review: "These shoes are fantastic! They fit exactly as described and they were perfectly comfortable for the duration of my event — including the part where I had to climb over a snowbank. That's Minnesota for you. I love the elastic strap on top. It keeps the shoe secure (see: snowbank), looks edgy, and didn't cut into my foot. They're wonderful." —QuintonDymke

    Get them from Amazon for $35+ (available in sizes 5–11 regular and 6–11 wide).

    14. The Rocketbook Everlast smart notebook, which is no ordinary notebook — it's REUSABLE. You can scan your handwritten notes to your devices and then just wipe the pages clean with water. Sounds like sorcery, I know.


    Once scanned, the Rocketbook app will automatically send your notes to preselected apps or email. You can mark each page with one of several special symbols that the app will read and send the notes on that page to the location you've matched with that symbol. It comes with a pen but also works with any Pilot Frixion writing utensils.

    Promising review: "This product amazed me and exceeded my expectations. It works exceptionally and as described. The Rocketbook app is so simple and easy to use. The scanning is perfect — it captures the colors, exposes the page with the right lighting, and crops and adjusts the page properly. Each scan takes less than a second, and you can combine multiple pages into one scan and upload them as one document. This is brilliant and I'm so glad I purchased it for school. I have seven classes, and so I assigned each symbol in the notebook to my respective Google Drive folders. The Frixion highlighters and pens erase easily with the included erasers on the pens and effortlessly with a damp microfiber cloth. The product is great, and definitely worth the money." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97+ (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    15. Jumbo sticky notes for planning exactly how you're gonna kick ass today, while still being realistic about how much you'll actually get done.


    Listen, even the most successful people procrastinate sometimes! Probably!

    Promising review: "Honestly, I'm really not sure how I lived without these before. Being able to sit down at the end of the night and think about what you MUST do the next day versus what would be nice to accomplish is such a handy way of organizing things. It makes tasks feel much smaller and more manageable. This is my new favorite Knock Knock product — and that's saying a lot, because the brand has so much cool stuff." —Cynthia

    Get it from Amazon for $6.

    16. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint for a red lip so bold and long-lasting, folks may start confusing you with Queen Ri herself.


    Has anyone ever seen that picture of Rihanna walking over a subway grate in stilettos and she's somehow like hovering over it and not getting stuck? I think that same magic must be infused into this lippie formula if it stays on so damn well.

    Promising review: "I wore this amazing lip paint for 13 hours with no touch-ups, and I could’ve kept going. I had three meals (including Thanksgiving) and loads of drinks and IT STAYED ON. One dip gets you enough product for several applications. I can’t quite describe how it goes on but I’ll try; it’s like painting a canvas, except the canvas is your lips. You only need one layer/swipe and you have full opacity. The applicator has a flat side that can be used as an edge to get a sharper line and more precise application. It's worth every penny and it looks good on every skin tone." —MsKMJ

    Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in eight shades).

    17. A pack of LOL-worthy adulting stickers, because the little successes deserve to be recognized, too.


    Listen, if all your plants are still alive, you are a success, IMHO.

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $5.95.

    18. A sleek and compact to-go blender that'll work all its magic right inside a convenient travel bottle, so you can roll into work, homemade smoothie in hand, like it's NBD.


    It comes with two bottles and lids, a base, a blending blade, and a protein shake/frothing blade.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $59.99 (originally $85.99).

    19. An expanding document organizer because presentation matters. No more turning in wrinkled papers or showing up with messy notes!


    They can hold up to 150-200 sheets! Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on these folders.

    Promising review: "I'm a college student with a lot of papers to carry. I was looking for something cute and easy to carry that fits manila folders and keeps smaller folders from getting crinkly. This DID IT. I can't express how much I love this — I got a second one that's coming very soon! I can throw loose-leaf papers, folders, or even books or small notebooks in this, and nothing gets crinkled or bent. I get a lot of compliments on it as well!" —Alexa Viz

    Get one in pastel (available in 10 colors) or floral (available in four colors) from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. The Panda Planner, which over 3,900 reviewers swear by as a key ingredient in their recipe for success. Probably because it's not just for planning work, but reflecting on all areas of your life.


    It's got monthly, weekly, and daily sections that each have plenty of space to write down goals and plans at the beginning and wins and ways to improve at the end. There are also spaces for extra notes, places to write daily affirmations, what you're looking forward to, and what exercise you're planning to get each day.

    Promising review: "I'm a huge fan of planners. I love to stay organized but I have a hard time remaining positive in my environment. I found this and ordered it RIGHT AWAY! Taking time to write about what you're grateful/excited for changes your whole life. This is my word to anyone considering this book. If you are depressed (like I was), apathetic (like I was), and just not living to your potential, BUY THIS BOOK! The first day I used it, I made more sales that day than in the whole prior month. I was SUPER motivated. I kept looking at it to not only take care of my tasks but to continuously see that positivity. I could go ON AND ON about this planner. This is the best thing you can do for your mental health that is drug-free and works immediately!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    21. A 50-sheet rainbow vision board notepad, because one vision board really wouldn't be enough for all the awesomeness you've got going on. You're basically gonna want to fill out a new one of these every dang day.


    Get it from KatieAbeyDesign on Etsy for $20.58.

    22. A Funko Pop! figure of an iconic successful fictional character to keep on your desk as your muse. It's sure to help you become the cleverest witch of your age and/or prevent you from moving at a glacial pace (though you know how that thrills me)., Amazon

    Get Hermione for $10.99 and pre-order Miranda Priestly for $10.99 (available February 17), both from Amazon.

    23. A book of 75 New York Times Saturday crossword puzzles, which are notorious for being the hardest of the week. Not only are these a great brain workout, but everyone will be super impressed when they see you in possession of this book. No one has to know you're stumped on 28 across.


    Promising review: "I can't get enough of the harder ones. I like this format because I can carry it in my bag for things like waiting rooms." —Doc

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    24. An adorable box of not-cheesy affirmation cards to share with friends and coworkers, because truly successful people also encourage others to be their best.


    Promising review: "I love these quirky cards. I work in a busy department in a hospital. I had these less than a week when they mysteriously disappeared from my desk drawer at work. We enjoyed them so much, I didn't hesitate to order them again. These are great reminders for me and coworkers when we start the day. They also serve as a pick-me-up if someone is having a bad day." —keke

    Get a box of 50 from Amazon for $13.03.

    25. The Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook, which'll turn you into just that. It's got hacks, cheat sheets planning pages, cutout labels and lists, and more resources to organize every area of your life from the space in your home to financial, meal, and travel plans.


    All the pages are also available to download with the purchase of the book, so you can use the resources over and over again, or turn the planning pages for things like travel and fitness into full-length planners!

    Promising review: "As a lifelong hoarder, I suffered from a great deal of depression and anxiety about my home because we were drowning in stuff and I had no idea where to start. I found the author on YouTube first and her videos were a life changer for me. She gave me the motivation to start small and work big. Now that I have this book, I'm over the moon excited and can't wait to jump in and use it! Where her first book helped me emotionally and give me the understanding I needed to change my life for the better, this book gives me the tools too! I'm in love with it. Think of it more as a workbook for a better life. It has all the printables you could ever need — lists and guides to things I never would have thought of but totally need. I don't have to make my own cheat sheets now; she's done it for me and it's designed for you to cut them out as needed. I would have no problem repurchasing this book every year as the ultimate planner, but since she has also included a link to a bunch of free downloads I may not have to. The author's approach is honest and real, positive and supportive. She's been there and knows how hard it is to parent and adult when it comes to staying organized and running our homes. Get the paper version, it's awesome and you can write in it!" —tammy k davis

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+.

    26. A bold graphic tee to remind everyone who they're dealing with.


    Get it from for $38 (available in sizes XS–2XL). Get a white and red version here.

    27. A pencil case made for grown-ass adults, with tons of pockets and pouches for every school or office supply you could ever dream of. You heard what Scar said — it's important to BE PREPARED.


    You know how gross and pencil-dusty everything usually gets in regular pencil cases? This one's zip pockets are perfect for stashing things like tape and erasers that you want to keep fresh!

    Promising review: "This has been such a great tool for my college studies. It fits my pencils, pen, a couple sticky pads, multiple highlighters, my graphing calculator, and a couple of other small pieces. It fits into my backpack even with all of my binders, notebooks, and textbooks. I wish I'd discovered this sooner. I recommend it to everyone who asks. It's such a handy little pen case. It's made of pretty durable material, and despite all of the pointy objects that go inside, no puncture holes have made it through. IF this guy ever needs to be replaced (and that is a big IF), I would definitely repurchase." —Brandi H.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in five colors).

    28. A waterproof notepad so the million-dollar Shark Tank pitch that pops into your head while you're scrubbing your pits doesn't vanish along with the bubbles.

    Aqua Notes

    You can use it with any regular pencil, but it includes one that says "No more ideas down the drain!"

    Promising review: "You know when something pops into your head that you have to buy or finish, but it's a totally inopportune time, like when you're just falling asleep or when you're driving? Yeah, this happens to me a lot in the shower. I think shampoo activates my neurotransmitters or something. So I got this handy little notepad to keep in my shower. I love this thing!! It sticks to my sliding shower door and hasn't fallen down once. The pencil works great, and the paper has kept its form perfectly. Super impressed. Highly recommend!" —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    29. A nifty wall organizer with six removable folders for organizing every important document in your life in style. Plus, it's got a handy clear pocket for anything you need to keep at a glance.


    Each folder can hold up to 25 sheets, and the whole thing can be collapsed and secured with the attached cord for easy transport. It even comes with blank stickers for labeling the tabs. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this organizer.

    Promising review: "I've used one of these for several years, and when it got damaged, I ran right out to replace it. It's bright and easy to use. We use it as a way to communicate with our staff. Each person has their folder, and I have a place to put items I need to know they received. I have three of these for three different purposes. What I love best about this product is that when I'm in a hurry and on my way to a meeting, this file system has my back. I hang one by the door of my office so I can grab the file I need. It's colorful and has helped me color-code my projects as well. Now, I've begun to think of my needs in terms of colors and I can find them quickly and easily. The calendar pocket in the front is also helpful. I have another one of these for family hung by the back door of the mudroom at home." —Shelly Sidhu

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74.

    30. And your very own Dundie award, aka the one true sign of real professional success.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

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    When you live your best life with these products and wonder why you didn't actually win most likely to succeed in high school, just remember:


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