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30 Clever Ways To Make Going To Work Less Miserable

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1. Wake up feeling more rested with an alarm app that tracks your sleep cycle.

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You set an alarm for the time you need to be awake, and Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock will track your movements and find the best time to wake you up in the 30 minutes leading up to your alarm. It'll wake you during the lightest phase of your snooze, so you'll get up feeling way less groggy.

Get it for free for iOS devices here and for Android here. In-app upgrades start at $1.99.

2. I know I sound like your mom, but have a filling breakfast, okay?

You will be way more energized and less moody when you get to the office.Learn how to make the fun toasts above here.
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You will be way more energized and less moody when you get to the office.

Learn how to make the fun toasts above here.

3. Lay out your outfit the night before so you're not scrambling to put together your lewk at the last minute.

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We can't all have Cher Horowitz's outfit planning software. But you can download printable outfit planning charts from SugarPinePapery on Etsy for $4.75.

4. Invest in a programmable coffeemaker so you can wake up with your caffeine fix waiting for you.

Just set the timer for when you'll want your coffee brewed before you go to bed. In case it's unclear thus far, doing things the night before = good.Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
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Just set the timer for when you'll want your coffee brewed before you go to bed.

In case it's unclear thus far, doing things the night before = good.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

5. Then take your elixir of life on the go in a pretty mug that will inspire you to shine like the gem that you are.

Get it from Modcloth for $5.37.
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Get it from Modcloth for $5.37.

6. Start a bullet journal to make your to-do list less of a shitshow.

Learn how here, or find another to-do list hack here.Get a dotted notebook for $19.47 and a set of extra-fine pens for $5.92+, both from Amazon.
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Learn how here, or find another to-do list hack here.

Get a dotted notebook for $19.47 and a set of extra-fine pens for $5.92+, both from Amazon.

7. Try a seven-minute workout before you head to the office, to keep you feeling energized throughout the day.

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I can only work out in the morning. I'm just too tired by the end of the day. That means I often only have time to exercise on weekends, because I'm sorry, I'm not waking up an hour earlier to go to the gym before work. That's just not me. Enter the seven-minute workout app (there are several, but I personally love Seven).

Yes, it literally takes seven minutes. Maybe seven minutes and 30 seconds. The workout consists of 12 moves for 30 seconds each, with 10-second breaks in between. I was skeptical that it would be a real workout, but it is. My heart rate gets up and I feel that post-exercise rush afterwards, just like I would after my usual 30 minutes on the elliptical. Plus, if you're willing to pay for the premium plan, you can choose more specific goals and focuses for your workout.

Get the Seven app for free for iOS devices here and for Android here. Premium plan starts at $6.67/month. Or, try the New York Times' version of the seven-minute workout here.

8. Make a cute terrarium desk organizer that will make you smile and keep your desk clutter-free.

Get the full tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.Get a clear desk organizer for $10.99, mini succulents for $15.70, and colorful aquarium rocks for $10.99+, all from Amazon.
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Get the full tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.

Get a clear desk organizer for $10.99, mini succulents for $15.70, and colorful aquarium rocks for $10.99+, all from Amazon.

9. Replace your yawn-inducing office supplies with items with a little more pizzazz.

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Get the inspirational pencils from Amazon for $9.99, the washi tape from Amazon for $8.95, and the paper clips from Of a Kind for $8.

Find more snazzy office supplies here.

10. Subscribe to the Happy Higher Club, a subscription box that provides you with a monthly batch of goodies specifically picked to make work more fun.

Items include succulent plants, mini posters with motivational quotes, snacks, and board games to share with coworkers.Get it from Cratejoy for $39.95+/month for the classic box (6–8 items) or $59.95+/month for the premium box (10–12 items).
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Items include succulent plants, mini posters with motivational quotes, snacks, and board games to share with coworkers.

Get it from Cratejoy for $39.95+/month for the classic box (6–8 items) or $59.95+/month for the premium box (10–12 items).

11. Learn to make a few no-fail lunches you can pack the night before.

View this video on YouTube

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Get some ideas and find hacks for keeping things fresh from Tasty here.

12. Then keep your edible masterpiece in an adorable insulated lunchbox.

Promising review: "This is a must-have product if you take your lunch to work on a regular basis. It's made of a very stretchy and durable material. I have been using it daily for quite some time, and it's not showing any wear-and-tear so far." —Okema McIntoshGet it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 12 designs).
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Promising review: "This is a must-have product if you take your lunch to work on a regular basis. It's made of a very stretchy and durable material. I have been using it daily for quite some time, and it's not showing any wear-and-tear so far." —Okema McIntosh

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 12 designs).

13. Nix the uncomfy work shoe struggle once and for all with a blister prevention spray.

Read our full review here. Check out more shoe hacks here.Get it from Amazon for $14.99+.
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Read our full review here. Check out more shoe hacks here.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+.

14. Or treat yourself to some commute shoes that are polished enough to keep on all day long.

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Get the sneakers from H&M for $12.99 (available in sizes 4.5–9.5 and in four colors) and the flats from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sixes 5–11 and nine colors).

15. Find a personal mantra, stance, or ritual to make you feel confident in any situation.

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Take a minute to remember that one task or meeting doesn't define your whole life, and that you can handle the challenges that come your way. And sometimes, just acting confident can make you feel it, too. Fake it till you make it.

Learn about positive body language from Inc. and check out some of BuzzFeed readers' personal confidence tricks here.

16. Opt for a card holder with some personality, because not only will it score you compliments, but it'll prevent you from losing your ID...again.

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Get the pastel with a lanyard for $9.99+ (available in seven colors) or the hearts with RFID blocking technology for $11.99+ (available in four colors).

17. Bring along a filling snack for the inevitable mid-afternoon slump, like this yummy s'mores granola.

Get the recipe from Architecture of a Mom. Get mason jars for snack storage from Amazon for $6.54+.
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Get the recipe from Architecture of a Mom. Get mason jars for snack storage from Amazon for $6.54+.

18. Invest in a luxe work bag that puts the "fun" in function.

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This one comes with a removable pouch for the essentials, which can double as a clutch.

Promising review: "I ordered this to use as a cute way to carry my textbooks back and forth to work. It easily fits a thick accounting text, a five-subject notebook, folders, and a day planner with plenty of room to spare. There are a lot of interior pockets to keep everything organized, and the little clutch is great. The removable strap makes it easy to wear as a crossbody, and the material is durable. I get a lot of compliments on this bag. I even ordered my co-worker her own!" —Victoria

Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

19. Deck out mesh desk accessories with colorful yarn.

It's an easy DIY for even the least crafty people (um, me) and will brighten up your space.Get the full tutorial from Design Improvised.Get a set of two mesh pencil holders for $3+ (available in six colors), a mesh garbage can for $10.21, a mesh file holder for $11.99, and yarn for $8.99+, all from Amazon.
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It's an easy DIY for even the least crafty people (um, me) and will brighten up your space.

Get the full tutorial from Design Improvised.

Get a set of two mesh pencil holders for $3+ (available in six colors), a mesh garbage can for $10.21, a mesh file holder for $11.99, and yarn for $8.99+, all from Amazon.

20. Assuage your germophobia by stocking your workstation with stay-healthy supplies.

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Get Clorox disinfecting wipes from Amazon for $9.94+, Jet for $10.64, or Walmart for $10.64. Get Airborne chewable immune support supplements from Amazon for $9.68+ or Jet for $12.97. Find more tips for staying healthy at work here.

21. Find a kick-ass work playlist that makes you motivated AF.

Try a playlist designed with productivity in mind from HubSpot, or create your own compilation of favorite tunes. If you're like me and cannot for the life of you work while listening to music, blast your mix on your commute to start your day off right.To listen to those sick beats, get a BuzzFeed-recommended pair of headphones from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight colors).
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Try a playlist designed with productivity in mind from HubSpot, or create your own compilation of favorite tunes. If you're like me and cannot for the life of you work while listening to music, blast your mix on your commute to start your day off right.

To listen to those sick beats, get a BuzzFeed-recommended pair of headphones from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight colors).

22. Make friends with your coworkers.

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Maybe it sounds obvious. Maybe you think you have enough friends. But having someone you enjoy talking to may even make you excited to to go to work.

Not sure where to start? Try some of these icebreakers from The Muse.

23. Mount your computer on an ergonomic stand, because you're no slouch.

Sitting at your computer with proper posture will prevent you from feeling all tense and headache-y by the end of the day. This stand can serve several functions: to convert your sitting desk to a standing desk, to prop your computer higher while sitting, or can even be used as lap desk if you're lying on the couch. It also has cooling fans so your comp doesn't get too hot to handle. Plus, people love it: It has over 1,000 positive Amazon reviews.Promising review: "This is lightweight and incredibly helpful for work ergonomics and standing while working. It's even great for giving presentations, allowing me to place my laptop above my projector." —AltadenamomGet it from Amazon for $39.99. Learn more about setting up your desk ergonomically from UCLA Ergonomics.
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Sitting at your computer with proper posture will prevent you from feeling all tense and headache-y by the end of the day. This stand can serve several functions: to convert your sitting desk to a standing desk, to prop your computer higher while sitting, or can even be used as lap desk if you're lying on the couch. It also has cooling fans so your comp doesn't get too hot to handle. Plus, people love it: It has over 1,000 positive Amazon reviews.

Promising review: "This is lightweight and incredibly helpful for work ergonomics and standing while working. It's even great for giving presentations, allowing me to place my laptop above my projector." —Altadenamom

Get it from Amazon for $39.99. Learn more about setting up your desk ergonomically from UCLA Ergonomics.

24. Display favorite photos on your desk with a creative DIY display.

Get the tutorial from Little Inspiration and find more photo display ideas here. No time to DIY? Get a photo display grid from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in two colors).
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Get the tutorial from Little Inspiration and find more photo display ideas here. No time to DIY? Get a photo display grid from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in two colors).

25. Dress in layers you can add or subtract depending on ever-changing office temperatures. Or stash a goes-with-everything sweater at your desk.

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Get it from Amazon for $25.15+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 11 colors).

26. Stop lugging your laptop to meetings and try a smart notebook that will upload your handwritten notes to the interwebs.

Rocketbook can save your notes to an app and to programs like Google Drive. Plus, once they've uploaded, you can wipe away your notes with water and reuse the same page again.Promising review: "I genuinely do not know how I went this long without this notebook. It just makes sense to integrate technology and the process of writing on a physical page. I seriously think companies should buy these for their employees; it's great for meetings when you don't want to look distracted by your phone or laptop but still want to be taking notes and engaged. I use it for writing to-do lists and sending them to my phone so I don't forget anything and for sending idea lists to my team. It has also become a staple in my long-distance relationship. Neither of us can be on our phones the whole day texting each other about everything. Instead, I write down important things throughout the day and have it sent to his email and mine, so we have things to talk about." —ChelsFGet it for $29.09 and the compatible pens for $10.65+, both from Amazon.
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Rocketbook can save your notes to an app and to programs like Google Drive. Plus, once they've uploaded, you can wipe away your notes with water and reuse the same page again.

Promising review: "I genuinely do not know how I went this long without this notebook. It just makes sense to integrate technology and the process of writing on a physical page. I seriously think companies should buy these for their employees; it's great for meetings when you don't want to look distracted by your phone or laptop but still want to be taking notes and engaged. I use it for writing to-do lists and sending them to my phone so I don't forget anything and for sending idea lists to my team. It has also become a staple in my long-distance relationship. Neither of us can be on our phones the whole day texting each other about everything. Instead, I write down important things throughout the day and have it sent to his email and mine, so we have things to talk about." —ChelsF

Get it for $29.09 and the compatible pens for $10.65+, both from Amazon.

27. Hack your commute with Citymapper, which'll give you deets about when the next bus or train arrives and provide super-accurate travel time estimates. You'll never have to rush into a meeting late, mumbling "sorry, traffic" ever again.

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I don't know what I would have done without this app when I first moved. Even once you know a city or are used to your commute, it's still fun and helpful. It lets you compare the time it would take you to walk, bike, drive, or take public transportation to your destination, sends you push notifications when you're close to your stop, and will even tell you how many calories you'll burn (and the food equivalent) when you walk. For example, if I were to walk to my office I would burn 95 calories or the equivalent of 47.5 leaves of lettuce, apparently.

Get it for free for iOS here and Android here. It's available for most major cities.

28. Keep something at your desk that's always good for a laugh with your coworkers, like this stamp for when you've had ENOUGH.

Get it from ThinkGeek for $9.99.
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Get it from ThinkGeek for $9.99.

29. Use a refreshing facial mist to overcome end-of-day blahs.

Because ~spritzing~ water on your face is much more elegant than splashing water on your face from the bathroom sink. We've all been there.Get a set of three from Amazon or Jet for $14.94.
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Because ~spritzing~ water on your face is much more elegant than splashing water on your face from the bathroom sink. We've all been there.

Get a set of three from Amazon or Jet for $14.94.

30. Finally, know when it's time to take a break, and make your vacay time count.

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You're no help to anyone if you're burned out, so don't feel guilty about taking some time for yourself!

Find tips on making your time off really, truly work-free from The Everygirl and check out BuzzFeed readers' fave ways to relax after a stressful day here. Get some awesome bubble bath for your me time from Amazon for $4.89+.

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

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