Skip To Content
    Nov 3, 2019

    22 Things That'll Help Make Even The Laziest People Productive

    *gets one of everything, is still only a little bit productive*

    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 alarm clock to gradually wake you up the way all people's bodies ~evolved~ to wake up: with a chill sunrise.

    Amazon

    Just because you're a little lazy (or have trouble waking up to a regular alarm) doesn't necessarily mean you need the loudest alarm on the planet. If you're considering getting the more expensive version, definitely read this Amazon review, by someone who's owned it for five full years with no problems!

    Promising review: "Oh my goodness! I bought this for my husband to replace an old school super annoying nuclear-level alarm clock which he would repeatedly snooze six or seven times. THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER GIVEN AS A GIFT. I didn't know my mornings could begin so peacefully! I am GENTLY woken by the light before it reaches it's brightest setting, and then the chirping birds sounds are so real. I thought they were singing outside my window at first! Now I don't mind when my husband hits the snooze, 'cause those birds are lovely! Makes dragging myself out of bed great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get one with 4.0/5 stars on Amazon (and a sunset feature to help you fall asleep, as well as the gradual wake-up sunrise, and several alarm sound options like the birds) for $104.59. Or get one with 3.7/5 stars (but only the sunrise feature, no sunset, and only a "beep" alarm sound) for $49.99.

    2. A simple to-do list that's entertaining enough you just might actually use it.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this for a fun gift/to-do list. I use these every day to help me stay focused on my few priorities for the day while keeping an eye on all that I need to do. I'm actually surprised at how much I love these and find them incredibly useful." —L.T.

    Get it on Amazon for $8.24

    3. A bottle of mold and mildew cleaner made with a no-odor gel, which makes it stick to your tile grout and caulking so it can actually do its job. That means you never have to scrub! Just apply it, let it set, and wipe up for fresh, sparkling results.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement. But, my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1000% worth the (small) investment." —Nicole D.

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A pair of sweeper slippers to clean your floors for you anytime you make the walk from your couch (or computer) to your fridge.

    Amazon, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My family thought I was silly for buying these! But I think they are great. You still have to vacuum and mop, but these are great to wear while you are straightening up the house before you do those things. They pick up A LOT of hair and dust bunnies. I hate dust bunnies. They don't exist when I wear these! Just don't use fabric softener when you wash them, or there will be no more static to pick up the dust." —A.M.

    Get the pair on Amazon for $11.72+ (available in two sizes that fit either 6–9 or 9–11 and four colors).

    I own these and they genuinely do work (especially if you skip the fabric softener when you wash 'em) — read my full sweeper slipper review for more.

    5. Or a remote-controlled robot vacuum that will keep your floors impeccably clean with almost no effort on your part.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    All you have to do is empty the bin every once in a while.

    Promising review: "So satisfying to be lazy on couch and feel like you are cleaning the house! Can handle pet fur from our Bernese mountain dog. Like no more fur tumbleweeds in the corners of the house. It is amazing!

    It does get stuck under our coffee table because the bottom is arch shaped, so it goes under part way then gets caught by the lower height at the edge and can't get un-wedged, we will either be propping said table up 1/2 inch, or wedging stuff under the middle to stop the vacuum from trying to get underneath altogether. We have also been impressed by its ability to go up and down half inch floor heights between our hard wood and tile flooring." —HappyHippie

    Get it on Amazon for $159.99.

    6. A mini steamer so you can look perfectly put together every morning without expending any effort beyond turning on your water faucet.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed, amazon.com

    And like, waving the steamer in front of your wrinkly dress. One of our editors owns and loves this — read her full mini steamer review.

    Promising review: "This is the most handy little steamer! 99% of the time, I am too lazy to pull out a full ironing board. This steamer is so much easier to use when I am in a rush, and more effective for many of the fabrics I wear. I am really pleased with the quality, and use it multiple times a week. It is cost effective as well as time efficient." —Amanda Feller

    Get it on Amazon for $25.97.

    7. An exercise ball to use as a desk chair so all you have to do to get a core workout is sit and go about your business as usual.

    Amazon

    Promising reviews: "This is great for the office. I'm 5'6", 160 and using it as a ball chair to help strength core and better my posture. My hips feel so much better. I use this as a chair four or five hours daily. Easy to pump up and maintains volume." —Heather P.

    "We love this ball in the office. We have so many good things to say we just can't name them all. We can work and exercise at the same time, it's a good-mood maker, easy to use for everyone, makes moving around the office easy, helps improve balance and core strength... all around great buy. You will be missing out if you don't get it!" —Megan

    Get one on Amazon for $16.99+ (most options $20–$30; available in 19 colors and four sizes, which depend on your height).

    8. A spin scrubber that cleans every inch of your bathroom and dirty tile floors while you just stand there and wave it around a little.

    amazon.com, youtube.com

    You charge it overnight, and it goes and goes and goes. It comes with four different easy-to-change brush heads perfect for basically any scrubbing task you might have to tackle — plus an extendable handle so you don't have to stretch to reach even the highest corners. (Well, unless you live somewhere with incredibly high ceilings, like a castle or a palace or something.)

    Promising review: "Where has this tool been all my life? Wow. What a difference. In less than 30 minutes I unpacked it, put it together, and cleaned the entire floor of my small master bathroom. I did NOT have to get down on my hands and knees. I used three of the four different heads to clean the floor, baseboards, and caulk by the tub with water and a little Mop 'n' Glo. I am extremely impressed by this!" —Chudwad1

    Get it on Amazon for $49.99.

    9. A pack of Viter Energy mints to help keep you awake, focused, and motivated through whatever task it is you have to accomplish.

    amazon.com

    Each mint contains about 40 mg of caffeine (a cup of coffee has approximately 90mg) and a Vitamin B complex , which means you can pace yourself as you need to avoid those dreaded jitters.

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical at first, knowing that most caffeine boost/coffee replacement products tend to be ineffective. 40mg of caffeine per mint sounded unbelievable. To my surprise, these mints did EXACTLY what they were supposed to. I use to work at Starbucks and am a huge coffee drinker, so I never really feel the caffeine energy boost anymore. However, with only ONE mint I immediately felt like I had energy again. Not only that, but they did not give me a headache or any kind of stomach cramp as some sugar-free/caffeine products can give. The spearmint flavor is VERY strong. It's like a super Altoid, but it's manageable for sure. I have yet to try the winter, but am confident it's just as good! These mints will get the job done. Much better then a 5-Hour Energy, etc." —Mariah

    Get a six-pack on Amazon for $19.99 (available in five flavors; also available in single tins for $4.99).

    10. A spinning gadget that makes cleaning your makeup brushes quick, easy, and TBH kind of fun, so you don't procrastinate on giving them the wash (and dry!) they so desperately need.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love it! I've washed six different types of brushes and different sizes. It has its own charging station. And it really does cut my brush washing time more than half. I'm kind of in love with this thing. And the soap it comes with is pretty good too! I washed my foundation brushes that had Kat Von D Tattoo foundation on them....soooooo.... if you don't know what that means... Y'all. It works. Like a freaking charm!" —spacegirl

    Get the set on Amazon for $24.99.

    11. A clothes folder — it's so easy and satisfying to use that you'll find yourself actually wanting to put away your laundry...or at least not hating the task so much.

    youtube.com, amazon.com

    It's not just for regular old tees either — tanks, long-sleeved shirts, and even some pairs of pants. It folds everything to the exact same size!

    Promising review: "This product is a total laundry game-changer! I'm the laziest person I know when it comes to folding shirts, and they used to pile up for weeks at a time before I would finally bother to put them away. This thing is so simple it inspires me to actually fold my shirts on laundry day, which saves me my usual hassle and laundry avoidance techniques. I love it!!!" —Leah A

    Get it on Amazon for $23.99.

    12. A planner with undated monthly and weekly spreads, so you can stop carrying it around for a few weeks without worrying about wasting pages, but still stay on top of things when life gets busier.

    amazon.com

    While the monthly pages are tied to the specific year, the weekly pages aren't, really. So you can use it almost as long as you want (if you don't care about the month pages), even if that's relatively infrequently. It was also the affordable pick for best planner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for. A great day planner that's easily customizable. The dates are blank, so it's easy to start whenever, and make up ground when missing a day/week/month. The paper has a good weight to it, so I can write in pen or pencil, and pens don't bleed through.

    Plenty of room for the whole year, plus notes, and pocket inside the back cover. Oh, and stickers — who doesn't like stickers? I've been using it for a month and a half now, and I like it. Once this year is complete, I would buy another for next year." —Mike Curran

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

    13. A basic slow cooker that essentially does all the cooking for you — all you have to do is dump the ingredients in morning-of, and at the end of the day you'll have a delicious dinner.

    gimmesomeoven.com, amazon.com

    Get the recipe for the pictured easy white chicken chili here, and 13 other 5-ingredient slow cooker recipes.

    Promising review: "This is the first Crock Pot that I've had in years and I'm glad that I bought it. Clean up was a surprisingly easy chore — I didn't expect that at all and was very pleased. I like that it has the clips on the side so that you can take it elsewhere without spillage. It'll be great at holiday time! It is heavy but it may just be that I'm not used to using one. It is just the perfect size for about five servings of meat and vegetables which is great. I love not having to watch it cook or check on it like I do when I use the stove top or oven." —Mockingbird

    Get the six-quart on Amazon for $26.99+ (available in three colors).

    14. An app to stop you from automatically checking Twitter anytime you pick up your phone, because if you exit the app, the little tree your productivity's been nurturing will die.

    play.google.com

    If you don't exit the app, your single tree can slowly grow into a small (or even a big!) forest. It's based on the Pomodoro (aka tomato timer) technique, where you work for focused bursts of a certain amount of time, often 25 minutes, then take short breaks in between.

    Get it on the App Store for $1.99 and Google Play for free.

    15. An easy-to-adjust standing desk converter because sitting all day might just be part of what's draining your ability to focus.

    amazon.com

    With this, you can go from sitting to standing with just a light push back or pull forward. And reviewers say it's incredibly simple to assemble.

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Well constructed and saved my neck and back! I spend at least four hours of my workday standing now! I feel like standing gives me more energy and I have not had any pain while working since I bought this. Putting it together was literally I think like 12 screws. It lowers and lifts fairly easily considering that I have two pretty large monitors on it. The keyboard tray sits almost flush with the desk which is great. I have no issue fitting a standard keyboard and mouse with mouse pad on the tray. Trust me when I tell you that this thing is worth every penny and I cannot find one single flaw!!" —Dmarie330

    Get it on Amazon for $159.99+ (available in 32", 36" or 42" heights, two colors).

    16. Or an inexpensive but super sturdy cardboard standing desk that won't convert, but could help you figure out if standing's right for you before you spend the big bucks on something fancier.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This experience is way better than I expected. I’m hardly a natural when it comes to putting things together, and I’d say for my aptitude, it was doable, but I had to 'act it out' a couple of times. Once it was up, I was off and running! I’ve gotten a ton of comments, most impressed. If you're status conscious, it is cool cardboard, but cardboard nevertheless, so you may not like it. I’m a week in, and find I have more energy, it feels like I’m more productive, and my shoulders don’t feel like a pretzel at the end of the day. One note, don’t even attempt this without the Topo mat ($99). I don’t think I’d be as successful if I didn’t have the mat to go along with it." —Gift Card Recipient

    Get one on Amazon for $25.

    17. A reacher/grabber claw so you can actually retrieve your keys, the remote, your socks, or whatever just dropped behind the edge of the couch or bed without moving too far from your comfortable seat.

    Amazon

    Promising reviews: "Awesome! Dropped a tiny earring behind a dresser and was able to easily retrieve it with the grabber." —Kris

    "I got this to pick up trash around my neighborhood and local parks. It works just as expected! Surprising accuracy: it can pick up very small little items." —Niki / Clay

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A box of dishwasher cleaning tablets so you can disband the limescale and mineral buildup preventing your dishes from actually getting as clean as possible, but all you have to do is put it in your dishwasher's detergent dispenser, press the "run" button, and walk away.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent build up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought this, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some build up and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or build up around the door seals." —Martoune

    Get a pack of six tablets on Amazon for $4.55.

    19. A Fit Bit activity tracker that gives you little "rewards" for being more active, like turning going to the gym or even just taking a short walk in the middle of your workday into a game.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "It has taken me awhile to get on the Fit Bit wagon, but once I did, I am pleasantly surprised at how this helps me look for reasons to get more steps in. It is almost like a game or challenge to increase my steps and/or activity. The sleep information is very helpful, it also helps encourage me to get to sleep earlier. I have only had this a week and truly enjoy it! Sitting at a desk job, it reminds you to get up and stretch or try to walk around a little. Even when being lazy around the house it will buzz on your arm to get up and go for a stroll." —WorkingMama

    Get them from Amazon: for $119.95+ (available in two sizes and six colors).

    20. Or if you really like the idea of game-ifying your to-dos, tasks, and habits: an app that turns your life into a role playing game.

    play.google.com

    You can play alone or team up with your friends (there's a desktop version, too). Every task you set yourself and then accomplish gives you more experience (or other rewards!) that you use to level up your little avatar. Get it on the App Store or Google Play for free.

    21. A pair of noise-isolating headphones so you can block out all the distractions around you and focus on your work.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    "Noise isolating" means they help physically block out any noise around you; if you crave total, absolute silence, opt for noise cancelling headphones instead ($99 on Amazon), which generate a sound wave to literally neutralize 93% of the sounds in your environment.

    Promising review: "These are so helpful in my co-working office. I love my coworkers, but sometimes (okay, a lot of times) I need straight up focus time. These cancel out the sound so well that they often have to tap me on the shoulder to ask me a question because I can't hear them over my music. I wondered if I should make more of an investment, but these are suiting me just fine." —Andrea S.

    Get them on Amazon for $36.98.

    22. And a set of adulting reward stickers because when you do motivate yourself to do the small tasks, there's nothing wrong with a small celebration.

    Bella Rose Paper Co. / Etsy

    And maybe knowing you get a sticker at the end can be just a small part of that motivation. (Besides like, the fact you have to grocery shop and pay your bills to continue doing basic things like eating and showering.)

    These say: Did the Dishes, Didn't Call In Sick, Did What I Wrote in my Planner, Got Something Done, Brushed My Hair, Paid a Bill on Time, Cleaned Something, Made Real Food, Got Dressed today, Took Out the Trash, Didn't Comment on Facebook Drama, Didn't Quit My Job, Didn't Burn Down The House, Didn't Snooze Twice, and Made the Bed.

    Get the sheet of 16 stickers from Bella Rose Paper Co. on Etsy for $3.

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

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!

    BuzzFeed

    Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

    Shopping Newsletter

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