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    29 Things That Will Finally Get You To Be Productive In 2018

    Stop procrastinating and start getting shit done! πŸ’ͺ

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    1. A planner with monthly, weekly, and daily sections, so you can keep track of both short-term and long-term goals.,

    There's also space for self-reflection, such as what you're grateful for and what you're excited about. So basically, it's pretty much everything you would want a planner to be.

    Promising review: "I love my planner. It groups your months, weeks, and daily pages together, so you can easily review your progress and events; not to mention that it has three ribbons to keep your place in each. The layout is fantastic, there's space enough for everything and then some. What I really enjoy is that it makes me think about what I am doing, not just going through the days to get things done. It makes you look at what you are doing well, what you need to work on, and how you are making progress on your goals. All of this in a clean black book that fits in my purse, plus it has a panda! Who doesn't love pandas? I recommend this planner to everyone!" β€”Jei

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    See the best planners you can buy online.

    2. A bamboo monitor stand/desk organizer that'll declutter your workspace and make it more inviting.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this monitor stand. It has all the cubby holes I need for the things I typically use at my desk. It keeps my desk looking organized, and it's easy to grab things because everything is all right there." β€”Sharing Life's Moments

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors).

    3. A set of colored pens perfect for starting a bullet journal or writing color-coded notes.

    Promising review: "I am a pen fanatic, and I have several of these for myself, and I buy them for my friends as gifts as well. They have nice, super-fine tips, and the colors are very nice. I wouldn't color with them, but they are perfect for bullet journaling." β€”Heather

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $5.59.

    4. A spinning paperweight to make a decision for you, so you don't spend a whole day debating whether to do something or not.

    Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $27.45.

    5. A pair of noise-canceling headphones, so you can tune everything out and let others know you're in "Do Not Disturb" mode.

    These wireless Bluetooth headphones have a battery life of up to 19 hours!

    Promising review: "Best noise cancellation that I've had in a pair of headphones. I used them on a plane and didn't even hear the plane's engines." β€”cookieman768

    Get them from Amazon for $159.99+ (available in two colors).

    6. A powerful alarm clock (with an LED nightlight) to get you out of bed when it's bright and early.

    It's always good to complete the most important tasks (or most difficult tasks) of the day in the morning. In addition, having an actual alarm clock means you don't have to sleep next to your phone anymore. Keep it far it away from the bed at night so you'll be less tempted to check it before going to sleep.

    Promising review: "Perfect, no-frills alarm clock. Easy to read with my glasses off in the middle of the night, and not too bright on the low setting. The alarm is loud enough to actually wake me up, which has been an issue with others I tried. It's a good buy and a fair price!" β€”HerbGirl1324

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two colors).

    7. A notepad that'll give you some incentive to power through your to-do lists.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.15 or Knock Knock for $6.99.

    8. And a cocktail recipe book, so you can celebrate getting all those mundane tasks done with a themed drink. You might even look forward to doing chores.

    For example, you can treat yourself to a refreshing Grass Chopper after mowing the lawn.

    Get it from Amazon or Knock Knock for $14.

    9. A multi-angle task lamp to provide the proper lighting for an intense study/work session.

    This lamp has four lighting modes for all your needs: work, study, reading, or relaxing. It also has a USB charging port, and you can set it to automatically shut off after one hour!

    Promising review: "Beautiful, sleek, and functional. I absolutely love this lamp! We have three β€” one for the bedside table and one on each of our desks. It is perfectly sleek and discrete when folded away and not in use and lights up the entire area when needed. The different modes are great, especially the study mode, which helps me to focus for long periods of time, and the reading mode, which makes it easy to read without straining my eyes. Five stars!" β€”Hutton Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two colors).

    10. An app that's basically a study timer. It breaks larger assignments into smaller focus sessions (25 minutes of work followed by a five-minute break, and repeat) so you don't burn out halfway.

    After four focus sessions, you can take a longer break of 20 to 30 minutes. This app is based on the Pomodoro Technique!

    Available for iOS. Check out a similar app for Android here and here.

    11. An invigorating blend of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and pine essential oils for a quick pick-me-up when you feel sluggish.

    Add a few drops to an essential oil diffuser for best results!

    Promising review: "I love this blend. I work all day in an office and that three o'clock hour always makes me so tired on days when our office is very quiet. Just a quick sniff of this blend, and it really is an eye-opener! I keep a couple drops on a cotton ball and inhale it when I'm starting to feel sleepy, and it really does the trick." β€”Elle Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.45.

    12. An adjustable swivel chair to give your back the support it needs so you don't break your concentration due to discomfort.

    Promising review: "The MOST comfortable chair I have ever sat in. I'm serious β€” this chair is everything I need for my long study sessions. It's incredible, period." β€”hyhh

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

    13. A Fitbit Flex 2 that'll alert you when it's time to wake up and go to bed. Having a regular sleep cycle and getting enough rest is a huge part of being productive!

    It'll also remind you to take a break and move around every 50 minutes!

    Promising review: "Totally enjoy the Fitbit Flex 2. I didn't realize how sedentary I had become, and I like the reminder to get up and move. I also found I wasn't getting the best sleep and am now trying new ways to get better sleep. I also like the competition between friends β€” it keeps me motivated." β€”Barb

    Get it from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $58.95+ (available in four colors).

    14. A best-selling book of effective ways to get more stuff done, including the concept of productive procrastination.*

    *This basically means choosing a productive activity to do when you procrastinate. For example, if you're putting off tackling a new assignment, procrastinate by going to the gym or doing the laundry instead of playing a video game. You're still procrastinating, but you're also getting something useful done!

    Promising review: "If you are going to choose only one book to improve your productivity, pick this one. It implements brand-new advice along with tactics from other famous productivity experts. It is easily digestible, and Chris has given you physical actions you can actually take to implement the tactics in each chapter. It is hands down the best productivity resource I have read. The author is to be applauded for his use of scientific evidence along with his anecdotal evidence. As he presents the advice, he also tells you his own journey through his experiments which helps make the advice be practical and relatable. I truly believe if you use even just a fraction of the advice in this book, you will not only become more productive, you will become a happier and healthier person." β€”Zach

    Get it from Amazon for $10.87, Barnes & Noble for $14.40, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    15. A planner to help you prioritize tasks, so you tackle the most important ones first.

    Promising review: "I am using this planner for graduate school. I was stuck in a rut working on my research, and this really helped me to break things into manageable chunks. My productivity is not perfect, but considering that I wasn't making any progress before, I am extremely satisfied. I would recommend this planner to anyone looking to improve their productivity at work or school or even around the house." β€”Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    16. A cold-brew coffee maker for the most delicious way to get your daily caffeine fix. (The truth is, some of us just can't get the day started without a cup of joe.)

    Promising review: "Bought this for my wife, and now I have become a cold-brew expert. Easy to use, easy to clean, and makes incredible-tasting coffee. This process removes all the bitterness and is easily our favorite way to enjoy our favorite drink. For the price you have to pay for cold brew at fancy coffee shops, this thing pays for itself pretty quickly. Try this once, and you'll love it." β€”Mark C

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    17. Or, a raspberry energy tea that'll leave you feeling focused and alert without the jitters., Facebook: yogiproducts

    Promising review: "This is my favorite go-to morning cup of 'wake me up.' No jitters, no changes in personality (caffeine makes me jumpy). Perfect Energy just provides me with energy. I buy on Amazon anytime the store runs out." β€”Missy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.06 or Jet for $5.38.

    18. A box of almond butter squeeze packs to treat yourself to after several hours of hard work. It's a healthy and delicious snack that'll give you a boost of energy.

    You can also spread this on crackers or fruit. The individual packets are great for bringing to school or work!

    Promising review: "This almond butter pack has just the right amount of sweetness. Great for hikes or a day on the town. Fits in a coat pocket, purse, or backpack. We have found this to be a must-have for a long hike, skiing, or other activities." β€”Mark B

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $11.31 or Jet for $11.90.

    19. An app for planning out your daily routine, so every hour of the day is put to good use.

    This is great for people who don't like to use physical planners!

    Available for Android. Check out a similar app for iOS here.

    20. A Nifty journal, so you can be the most organized version of yourself. In addition to being a planner/journal/activity book, it's filled with tips and hacks that'll make anyone's life easier!

    There are three versions of the Nifty Journal: General Journal, Adulting 101, and The Busy Parent.

    Get one from BuzzFeed's Nifty shop for $22.95.

    PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

    21. A Chrome extension that restricts the amount of time you can spend on procrastination websites. After you use up your allotted time, those websites are blocked for the rest of the day.

    You can choose which websites to block and how long the block lasts!

    Get it from the Chrome Webstore for free. Check out a similar option here.

    22. A set of days-of-the-week hanger markers so you can plan out all your outfits over the weekend. You'll save lots of time in the morning (and in general) when you don't have to worry about what to wear.,

    A lot of very productive people wear the same outfit again and again because that's one less thing they have to think about. Of course, that's an extreme example, but streamlining your daily routine definitely boosts productivity!

    Promising review: "These worked so well to organize my two sons' clothing for the week. My husband and I are buying a set for our clothing as well. I purchased wooden hangers (these will not work on plastic hangers) that also have clips for the pants. Now we can wash and lay out our clothes for the week, and it has been a big time-saver. Package includes two sets of Monday through Sunday." β€”Gail Thibault

    Get a 14-pack from Amazon for $13.25.

    23. A kick-ass print to keep in your office (or wherever you typically get shit done) for a not-so-subtle reminder to stay on task.

    This a digital print that you can print yourself!

    Get it from RainCityDesignCo on Etsy for $4.99.

    24. A reusable notebook (just wipe clean with a damp cloth) that lets you scan everything into smart devices or the cloud, making it super easy to share and store notes.,

    This notebook works with any pen, marker, or highlighter from the Pilot Frixion line (one pen is included).

    Promising review: "OMG! This device is so cool. It works beautifully. The scanning and syncing capabilities are awesome. I have it scanned and synced to my Microsoft Note account. Writing with the pen is smooth, and the paper feels like paper. It's easy to use a wet cloth to erase writing, just as claimed. I wish I had this product while in college. It's worth every penny." β€”Tulla Bell

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 or Walmart for $34.

    25. A standing desk, so you can get on your feet when you feel a nap attack sneaking up.

    Promising review: "This stand has changed my work day immediately. I have more energy and seem to be in much higher spirits throughout the day. It's pretty easy to adjust when I want to sit down. Highly recommended!" β€”Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99. Check out another option here.

    26. An adorable app sure to cure you of your phone addiction. If you use your phone to kill time, you'll also kill your virtual tree! 😱

    Plant a tree in the app when you want to focus, and it will grow and flourish if you leave your phone alone/leave the app open. If you use your phone for something else, like to browse Facebook, Instagram, etc., the tree will die. Moral of the story: Don't touch your phone!

    Available for iOS and Android.

    27. A word processor that hides distractions and creates a simple and immersive writing environment.

    Get it here.

    28. A dry-erase weekly calendar, so you (and your family) can see the whole week's agenda at a glance.

    This way, everyone will be on the same page and nothing will be forgotten. This peel-and-stick calendar is safe for walls and leaves no sticky residue!

    Promising review: "This is the best way I have found to keep my schedule within view. I've moved it to different walls twice, and it still sticks. It's really convenient that it comes with a marker and wall mount. It's big and easy to apply to the wall. Best purchase I've made in a long time." β€”Amber S

    Get it from Amazon for $6.80. Check out other options here and here.

    29. An app to help you kick bad habits and develop good ones.

    You start by setting goals like 'drink more water' or 'quit smoking' and then use the app to track how well you follow through with those goals.

    Available for iOS and Android.

    You’re gonna kill it in 2018!


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