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    28 Useful Products That'll Help You Feel Like A More Productive Human

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    1. A mesh desk organizer that'll help keep your desk clutter-free and set up for success. You can store folders and paperwork in the upper slots and fill the lower compartments with notebooks, push pins, sticky notes, and more so everything is there when you need it.

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    Promising Review: "Wonderful product that meets expectations. I bought this product since it had several features I was looking for — file sectionals for papers, shelf for folders or papers, drawer bins for various items. It really saved me from buying several different products or buying something with features I didn't need. The construction and material are solid and sturdy like you'll find in high-end offices. The drawers work seamlessly, sliding as if riding on air. Product description was spot on. Delivery was fast. Packaging was sensible." —Sid

    Get it from Amazon for $22.87 (available in black or silver).

    2. A mousepad to help you keep your daily tasks at top of mind. This unique combination notepad and mousepad has a space for a pen and has different categories you can fill in so you know what to tackle each day.

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    Promising review: "The calendar is incredible handy for keeping track of projects at work. There's plenty of room for writing down daily tasks — I've been known to cram in several tasks in a day's column for particularly busy weeks. The spot for the pen is really handy, too. And I love the positive affirmations for each day! The whole thing is a great vibe for the week. Quality wise this product is excellent. The paper is sturdy, and each week tears off easily from the side. It arrived plastic-wrapped and in good condition." —Katie Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in four designs).

    3. A set of clothing dividers that'll save you time and energy on digging through your entire closet just to find one jacket.

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    The tags come with 48 labels so you can customize them to your individual needs.

    Promising review: "Every time I look in my closet at these guys separating my black cardigans from my black T-shirts from my black suits... (you get the point), it sparks joy! People may think you’re a weird OCD freak, but they are just secretly jealous and will want some." —Kensington

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $10.99 (available in four styles).

    4. An ergonomic wrist-rest set made of soft and breathable material to make all that typing more comfy for you.

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    Promising review: "Wow, what a difference! These keyboard and mouse wrist pads make keyboarding so much more comfortable that they're helping me type faster, and no more 'mousing shoulder,' since you don't need to move your arm around as much while using the mouse. (Seriously, 'mousing shoulder' has been a very painful issue on many occasions. These pads are surprisingly helpful with the ergonomics of the keyboard/mouse area.) Both pads are very comfortable on the wrists, and have good traction on the bottom so they stay put on your desk or typing surface. I'm typing and keyboarding for much longer time periods, with very little pain. Highly recommend!" —ARCReviewer

    Get the set of two pieces from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three colors).

    5. A Simple Elephant agenda with undated pages so you can start, stop, and pick up again whenever you need to. It has tools for you to visualize your goals, organize your thoughts, and really decide what you want to focus on this year.

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    What it includes:

    –Undated pages, so you can skip weeks and pick up where you left on without losing pages

    –Weekly spreads with “Goals For This Week, “Successes,” and “What I Can Do Better”

    –Two "My Focus" pages in the beginning of the planner where you list out what you’re grateful for, write down some affirmations, and write down your top five goals — so you can refer back to them throughout the year

    –"My Mindmap" and "My Vision Board" pages to ~engage both sides of the brain~

    –59 blank journaling pages at the back

    –Stickers!

    Promising review: "Love this planner. I love the free-form format. You can skip weeks you know you're out of town or whatever and save those pages for another time. I think my favorite part of this planner is the first two pages. Everything to do with this planner is how YOU make it. For me, it also helped (kind of made) me reflect on things I really do want and goals I really do want to achieve. Words of affirmation was difficult for me to fill out so I looked them up online and wrote the ones that spoke to me most. How I want to/should be seeing myself." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four colors).

    This is our pick for best low-priced planner on BuzzFeed Reviews! And check out our deeper dive into this planner, This $19 Planner May Actually Help You Get Your Life Together, to learn more!

    6. Or a daily tear-off planner pad for an easy and aesthetically pleasing way to lay out everything from your daily water intake to appointments and tasks.

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    Promising review: "You can stop scrolling around looking for the perfect planner because this one is absolutely PERFECT. Really helps manage my time and keep track of things all across the board. I also appreciate the positivity it exudes. Starts my day off just right!! I'll definitely be ordering more." —Brit

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (pad contains 50 pages).

    7. A colorful pack of good old Post-It notes, because they can be used to leave reminders anywhere: on your desk, in a book, on the fridge...now you won't forget a thing!

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    Promising review: "I absolutely adore these Post-it notes. The colors are very saturated, the paper is thick, and the notes are sticky enough for you to apply and reapply without a problem. You can even write in pencil and erase without smudges or tears in the paper, or feel free to use pen or even Sharpie without the ink bleeding through." —Ambar

    Get them from Amazon for $4.28+ (one pack has 500 notes; available in four colors).

    8. A standing desk converter that'll allow you to get out of your chair for a bit. Standing desks can help to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and increase productivity.

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    Promising review: "This stand up desk converter has changed my work habits and improved my lower back in just less than one week. It's great. Not sitting all day has given me more energy as the day goes on. And my back feels better. It's well worth buying." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $159.99+ (36" high; available in four colors).

    9. A meal planning and grocery list pad so you're not walking aimlessly down the store aisles only to have to go back again because you forgot some ingredients.

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    This pad is also magnetic so you can put it on your fridge. And the shopping list section is perforated so you can easily tear it off, take it to the store with you, and start writing down things for next week's meals.

    Promising review: "I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly "what do you want to eat" "what do we have" blah blah etc. Now, I can lay out the weeks meals, and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don't miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good, and doesn't stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low." —Haley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    10. A habit tracking calendar to help you develop a better routine in various aspects of your life, such as getting adequate sleep, being active, flexing your creativity, and more.

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    It has 12 categories (so you could theoretically focus on one new category each month), including reflection, finances, and exploration.

    Promising reviews: "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 or a cork board "gently" reminding you about your goals. All in all a great habit calendar that keeps you on track. :)" —LEJ

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    11. A sunrise simulation alarm clock that'll get you out of bed in a more pleasant way than your phone, which will probably make you less tempted to press snooze over and over again.

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    This alarm clock allows you to set multiple alarms (one for weekdays and another for weekends or one for you and another for your spouse). You can choose from seven natural sounds and the wake up light has seven different colors and 20 levels of warm light. Basically, it can be customized just how you want it!

    Promising review: "LBell Wake Up Light helped tremendously with waking up and feeling energized. Waking up slowly to natural sounds like waves or birds chirping has made getting up easier. I love how the light begins to increase like the sunrise. It feels much less stressful waking up gradually vs the harsh shrill of my cell phone alarm. My favorite feature is the nightlight. It is a warm orange glow that I enjoy falling asleep to. It is very calming. The setup was quick and easy enough that I could have done it with my eyes closed. It has a cool sleek modern look and fits right into my bedroom without looking out of place. I love it!" —justin hildreth

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    12. A Nalgene water bottle to carry with you all day so you stay hydrated. It's super important to make sure you're eating and drinking enough throughout the day in order to keep your energy up!

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    Promising review: "This is my fourth Nalgene water bottle. They are dependable, they work as intended and durable. These have the big mouth opening and the screwable cap to contain roughly a little more than 1,000ml or more than 32fl oz. Did I mention they have a myriad of colors and are cheap! I have bought the red, clear and blue previously and decided to go with the green this round." —Fern_Gully

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05+ (available in four sizes and about 100 different colors).

    13. A pair of noise cancelling wireless headphones so you can block out the background noise and stay focused at work, during travel, or at the coffee shop.

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    In addition to noise cancelling technology, these headphones also have 90° swiveling ear cups, a built-in microphone, and 30 hours of playtime per charge in Bluetooth mode.

    Promising review: "I have tried many other brands of headphones and comparatively these look much nicer than some of the really expensive brands I have tried. The sound quality is also great and they block outside noise very well. I purchased these for a long haul flight I was taking and they were extremely comfortable and not super bulky and heavy. I am very pleased with the battery life too. Overall these are a great pair of headphones and I would recommend them to anyone, especially if you will be wearing for long periods of time." —lindsay ann

    Get them from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in six colors).

    14. A set of fine point marker pens perfect for color coding your tasks or notes.

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    Promising review: "I really like these pens a lot! I got them for my planner and they write super nice! They don't bleed through the paper, which is what I was worried about, so I'm very happy about that." —RachRene

    Get a pack of 18 from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. A single-serve coffee maker so you can save some time and money on Starbucks runs. Just start brewing while you're getting ready and grab it as you head out the door.

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    Promising review: "Super lightweight and portable coffee maker. Single cup serve and you just pour the water in the filter in the back. Basket is for ground coffee and you can alter if you want a strong or weaker cup of coffee. Also comes with the K-cup basket if you prefer that. Two buttons: one for K-cup and the other for ground coffee. Does take about five minutes for the water to hear up and to start brewing but it's worth it! Easy to clean and easy to store." —kathryn

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    16. An adjustable bamboo book stand with page clips, because it'll seriously improve studying in random places, using a cookbook in the kitchen, or even propping up your iPad around the house.

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    Promising review: "Love this stand! It is adjustable so you can alter the angle you’d like to view your book and the page holders work great. Exactly what I was looking for. Well packaged and arrived on time, it now has a permanent home in our kitchen!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A pack of divider sticky notes so you can easily find what you're looking for in your text book, notebook, or planner. No more wasting time shuffling through everything and skimming every page.

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    Promising review: "I use these dividers in my bullet journal in lieu of a key or index. They work perfectly. I actually laminated them and attached them with decorative washi tape because I literally use it everyday and didn't want the paper to wear out. I'm sure they would work without doing this, but I'm a little lamination obsessed. Lol." —PDiddy

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67 (also available in packs of two, three, four, six, eight, nine, 12, and 72)

    18. A tub of heavy-duty cleaning wipes to help you quickly and easily clean up grease, oil, dirt, ink, makeup, food, and more on pretty much any surface. No need to take a chunk of time out of what you're doing to hunt down the mop, broom, cleaning sprays, etc.

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    Promising review: "These are awesome! The size of the container is large and so was the quantity I received. The wipes are huge and tough, great for scrubbing! I cleaned my whole house with these and they removed stains I haven't been able to get out for a while. I also tried them on my walls and they did not remove the paint. Also, they smell fantastic: no chemical smell whatsoever. These are a great deal on Amazon, and I will be purchasing them again!" —Suze

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $11.75.

    19. A pack of energizing mints for a super convenient little boost during the day. Just carry it in your purse or pocket and you won't have to worry about going out of your way for coffee or an energy drink while you're out and about.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE these mints. They taste great in general and I've had every flavor. I never understood the caffeine crash from coffee people often complain about, because I used to drink loads of coffee and I didn't really experience one. In fact, I was always tired and I never got much of a caffeine boost. Then I started using these mints. I got a noticeable caffeine boost and I could tell when the boost was slowly fading away, but I never felt tired after. I just felt normal." —Queen Torres

    Get a pack of 20 mints from Amazon for $4.99 (available in four sizes and five flavors).

    20. Cluttered Mess to Organized Success, a workbook to guide you through some serious decluttering and organizing in every aspect of your life — it's much easier to get stuff done in a tidy environment.

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    Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook by Cassandra Aarssen is full of time management worksheets, cleaning checklists, pages on financial planning, meal planning, and more.

    Promising review: "Best book ever! I love her intro and confession about ADHD. I’ve purchased many books on ADHD and have been truly disappointed by the fluff and lack of real help. I made it through college by always writing things down in my pocket calendar. Finally a book with all the best tips in one! Not just help on cleaning your house but putting your life in order. I’m prepping my daughter for college now and will guide her with this book and a planner. What a truly amazing book!" —Heidi

    Get it from Amazon for $12.55.

    21. A productivity timer that's fixed to 30 minutes of work and then five minutes of play to help you stay on task and then reward yourself for it.

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    You can use it for the Pomodoro technique!

    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." —Mysteryfish12

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90.

    22. A pack of three-compartment food containers guaranteed to make meal prepping so much easier. After you cook and fill them up, you won't have to take the time to prepare your meals for days.

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    Promising review: "As a meal-prepper, this size is perfect for prepping larger meals and portion control. And they fit in my husbands lunch box perfectly. He works a 13 hour shift and I send him stocked with healthy meals. The lids fit tight, no worries of spillage. My food keeps for five days and is as fresh on day five as day one. I love the split compartments and the lid keeps them split. I wish I would have had these back when the kids were little for lunches! They are great value for the price." —RA & CO

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $15.57 (also available in packs of 21, 30, or 150).

    23. An Echo Dot so Alexa can tell you when your next appointment is, play some motivational music for you, set alarms, and more.

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    This compact smart speaker can play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! Bought to use as a radio/ambient noise device as I fall asleep, but now realize the capabilities FAR exceeded what I initially purchased it for, so I also use it as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker for my iPad, personal assistant ('Alexa, add milk to my shopping list'), Amazon Music speaker (which I never used until buying the Dot). The sound quality is really good, especially considering it’s small size and relatively 'budget friendly' price. I definitely recommend to anyone, and if you’re a Prime member...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. Don’t even 'add to cart' just click 'buy now' and watch your life get simpler." —Dave S

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in four colors).

    24. A memory foam seat cushion to provide you with tons of extra comfort while you're sitting at your desk all day. It's kinda hard to be productive when you're literally in pain.

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    This useful cushion can help to relieve pain in the lower back, lumbar, tailbone, prostate, hip, piriformis, spine, legs, back, and more.

    Promising review: "We have purchased five of these seat cushions, with three as gifts. Two of those we purchased this cushion for have pretty serious sciatica problems. It was so much help for one that he ordered a second for his office chair, so he would not have to carry his first one from the car to the office. Total transformation for him! My husband and I each use one. I've had back surgery, and I can't explain what this seat cushion does for my back issues when driving." —G-mo

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    25. A pastel expanding file folder that'll help you organize your mail, bills, and other annoying papers that always seem to end up in piles on the counter. This way you actually know where an important paper is when you need it.

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    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 from Amazon for $7.59 (available in 10 colors).

    26. And a desktop document holder with an adjustable clip to keep those ~extra~ important work papers in sight.

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    It can hold up to 150 sheets in place! AND it folds flat for storage.

    Promising review: "I love this as a writer. I was able to attach a miniature reading light to it and it holds my papers for when I'm typing or editing from them. I used to prop my papers up on anything and they'd slide down. This is great and I move it to the couch when I'm working on my laptop, too." —Terry Spear

    Get it from Amazon for $13.26.

    27. An illuminating essential oil diffuser and set of six essential oils that'll keep your work space smelling pleasant so you can focus more easily. Peppermint in particular can help with concentration and clear thinking.

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    Promising review (for the diffuser): "This is a really great diffuser, especially for a first timer like myself. It's small and simple and also succeeds in freshening up my entire room. The 30 second burst is great at keeping your space feeling and smelling great throughout the day, while the continuous mode lasts for about 6 hours so I keep it on while I'm sleeping." —Pascal Ibe

    Promising review (for the essential oils): "Oils are tricky to buy in a variety pack because there are always ones you don't want, sandwiched in with really good ones. This has the best of the best. I LOVE IT! And It's a really great price. Just opening the package smelled nice. I would buy this again, recommend it, and even give as a gift!" —Momma Moki

    Get the diffuser from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors) and get the essential oil set from Amazon for $9.99.

    28. Two pairs of stylish blue light glasses, because they'll protect your eyes when you're sitting in front of a computer screen all day and may help you avoid headaches and eyestrain.

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    Blue light blocking technology diffuses harmful rays that come from our phones, laptops, TV screens, and more.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.98 (available in seven color/print combinations).

    When the day is almost over and yet, you still have nothing done:

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