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    26 Useful Products For Anyone Who's Almost Always Short On Time

    *checks clock* "Good, still have 30 minutes." *checks clock what feels like two minutes later* "Oh no, where did all that time go??"

    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. Not Your Mothers In A Heart Beat Blow Dry Accelerator spray because it can seriously cut down on your hair drying time, getting you out the door and on your way that much faster.

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    It's paraben-free; it detangles and softens, along with helping to eliminate frizz and improve your hair's resistance to humidity. And of course it works as a heat protectant, too!

    Promising review: "My hair is somewhere between straight and wavy. I blow dry and flat iron my hair every day. It's long (past mid-back) and, while it's fine, there is a lot of it. Typically, it takes 35–45 minutes to get my hair dry. I came across this product and I decided to give it a try. My hair goes from dripping wet to bone dry in 10 minutes FLAT. This stuff is a lifesaver. I want people who spend a five or six hours a week under a blowdryer to know there's a better way!!" —CLL1979

    Get it from Amazon for $4.87.

    2. An eyeliner with wing stamps — the set is practically guaranteed to speed up your morning routine, whether you're a liquid liner novice or seasoned pro, because those perfect, symmetrical swooshes are only a quick stamp away.

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    You get two liners: each has a wing stamp (one for the left, one for the right) on one end, and a pen liner on the other.

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out... but to my surprise, I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." —LadyMeow

    Get it on Amazon for $13.97 (available in three wing sizes).

    3. A roll-on stick that can help relieve migraines and headaches with a special blend of peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils, which lets you stop a distracting headache in its tracks before it derails your entire afternoon.

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    Katy, a writer here at BuzzFeed, owns this and swears by it:

    "The stick provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day. I've taken so much less Advil since I started using this! Plus, you can reapply as often as you need." —Katy Herman

    Get it on Amazon for $10.99, or if you want to read more, check out Katy's full migraine relief stick review.

    4. A two-pack of ~Mighty Handles~ because you have better things to do than make multiple trips between your kitchen and the trunk of your car after grocery shopping, and these let you carry a bunch of bags (perhaps even an entire shopping trip's worth of bags) in a single trip.

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    Promising review: "Love these handles! They work so well. Each handle will hold numerous bags and you can even set the loaded handle down on the ground to load the other one, if you are using both at the same time, and the bags don't come off. It has made bringing in the groceries a much simpler task with fewer trips to the car. They are very sturdy. I can't verify the weight that they hold, but I load them to the point that I am comfortable carrying and they don't bend or appear to weaken in any way." —Amazon Customer

    Get two from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. The Two-Minute Mornings journal, which, no matter how busy your day ahead is, will help you feel more calm, focused, and positive in literally just a couple of minutes, after you jot down answers to three simple prompts.

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    They are the same prompts every day, but they're good ones: "I will let go of...", "I am grateful for...", and "I will focus on..."

    Promising reviews: "I don't know what it is, but even if I repeat some of the same stuff... getting this done in the mornings (or sometimes at night) has made such a tremendous difference in my attitude toward myself and to others. So much so, that several people have taken notice. I have since purchased a couple copies for friends who are also dealing with troubles in their lives. I highly recommend it. Even if you aren't dealing with any issues in life, it's such a help for clearing your head before starting your day." —Sumo

    "I bought this on a whim from a BuzzFeed recommendation. I love it! Highly recommend! It's fast but also gets me thinking intentionally about my day." —Bones Gals

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    6. A UV sanitizer for your phone that could lower your chances of getting sick, at least a little bit — and every day you're *not* sick is time saved, TBH.

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    A couple of years ago we tested a bunch of our phones for germs, and the person with the cleanest phone used a similar device every night. Although if you really want to help your immune system, you prob also should follow these tips to avoid getting sick.

    Promising review: "I work in a large dental clinic with 50+ docs and even more assistants. Since we don't have a radio in the operatories, I've had to use my phone for music. Before phone soap I had to wipe my phone down every time with Cavicide wipes...not the best for your phone. Enter PhoneSoap! I'm able to sanitize my phone without destroying it! We've even tested and swabbed the phone for cultures before and after...this sucker works! Hands down, great investment." —James

    Get one on Amazon for $79.95 (available in seven colors).

    7. Did You Feed The Dog so you can know at a glance if someone else in the house has fed your pup (or kitty, or fish) already, no need to spend precious seconds pulling up the group text or hollering up the stairs.

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    Best for those pets who have figured out how to trick their way into getting dinner TWICE, if they ask the kids at six and mom at nine.

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if it's not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

    8. A one gallon capacity–water bottle that you can fill once then drink from all day long, featuring time marks to help you remember how much to drink! No matter what your hectic day has in store, you'll stay plenty hydrated, which will help keep your overall energy levels up.

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    Promising review: "This is the perfect bottle for my daily needs. I no longer have to constantly refill up my water bottle. The opening of this bottle is big enough for me to put in lemons to add a bit of acidity and vitamin C to my water." —Anthony Lu

    Get it from Amazon for $18.96+ (available in three sizes and 21 colors).

    9. A rapid egg cooker because it lets you cook two scrambled/poached eggs *or* half a dozen hard-boiled eggs to perfection while you do basically anything else (thanks to it's auto-shutoff timer, nothing will overcook!), getting breakfast (/lunch/dinner) on the table even that much faster.

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    Promising review: "Better than expected! It is a quick and nourishing breakfast. My grandkids love having warm hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs in minutes without all the messy pans. A great kitchen tool for a busy family that wants to eat better. I have my own chickens so it's a double bonus fresh farm eggs, freshly hardboiled, soft boiled, poached scrambled. Love it!" —dillon

    Get it from Amazon for $18.56 (available in five colors).

    10. A bottle of Febreze Clothing Odor Eliminator so you can quickly spritz down your funky-smelling denim jacket and wear it for one (or two, or three...) more days, until you have time to actually, y'know, do laundry.

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    I've been using this for the past couple of weeks and you guys, as someone who is forever running late or too busy, it's a game changer. I wear natural deodorant, which means I usually can't rewear clothes more than once without them getting SMELLY. Well, with this, I simply spray down the stinkiest parts of my shirt / jacket / dress / sweater before breakfast so it can dry while I eat (it takes about 15 minutes), and you'd never know the B.O stench was ever there in the first place. OH, and it works pretty well to take wrinkles out of clothes, too.

    It's safe for most fabrics, but not for leather, suede, silk, or other fabrics that might water spot!

    Get it from Target for $4.99.

    11. A quick-dry nail polish that does its job just under 60 seconds, so yes, you do have time to tidy up your manicure before you run out to dinner, if that's something you want to do!

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    It comes in about 17 colors and can last for a few days!

    Promising reviews: "I'm in LOVE with the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line. This is the only brand I buy now. As a new mom, painting your toenails is kind of a rare luxury, therefore, I place a high value on getting this business done quickly... and this polish allows me to do it, fast, with no sacrifice in durability. I highly recommend this polish for busy adults. Would also work great for parents to use on kids, who want their nails polished, but can't sit still for long. :)" —KFrench

    Get it on Amazon for $6.94 (available in 15 colors).

    12. A quart-size cold brew concentrate coffee maker so you can make enough delicious caffeine in one (overnight!) sitting to last for five entire days, no need to spend time making something each morning *or* waiting in the line at the coffee chain.

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    You just scoop out some ground coffee, pour in your water, stick it in the fridge, and let it work its magic! And yes, it's dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Great way to make coffee and save time! I have been drinking caffeinated beverages everyday for half my life. Usually brewing hot then cooling it down with ice which was quite a process. This maker is easy to use and clean, very convenient, and can last for a couple weeks, I love it! Making a pitcher of coffee takes less time than a normal brewer and makes enough for at least one cup a day for about a week, depending on how much coffee concentrate you use. I Haven't used my normal coffee or espresso machine since I got this cold brew system. The coffee seems to taste better as well, not a huge difference but it's somewhat noticeable." —Jeremy Birnbaum

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99+ (also available as a two-quart maker).

    Maitland, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns and loves this! Read her full cold brew maker review for more.

    13. Or a box of 50 Awake Dark Chocolate Bites that you can just grab on your way out the door any mornings (which are TBH *most* mornings) you don't even really have time to figure out coffee, because one little bar contains the same amount of caffeine as half a cup of joe.

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    Several Amazon reviewers mention their shipments have arrived melted over the summer because well, it's chocolate. So if you live somewhere warm, consider finding them locally or waiting a month or two!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! They taste great and I think they do work. I definitely feel more awake in the morning after eating one or two pieces. They're great to throw in my bag as I’m running out the door (late) every morning." —Christopher J. Martin

    Get a box of 50 on Amazon for $27.66 (also available in milk chocolate, caramel, or peanut butter flavors).

    14. A pack of six wool dryer balls so you can cut down on the time it takes to dry your clothes once you eventually get around to doing laundry, so the entire chore moves that much faster.

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    You can even sprinkle a drop or two of essential oil on a couple of them to lightly scent your clothes! And they help soften your clothes without having to use a fabric softener. You'd use just three of the balls for a small load, but six for a large one.

    Promising review: "They're not better than dryer sheets at removing static, but I'm impressed that they cut my drying time on towels from 180 mins to 80 minutes. Since the washer washes faster than the dryer can dry, towels are no longer going to hold up progress with their longer drying times. I did a load of towels comparison to test these. I have a high capacity washer and when I fill it full of towels I have to run them through the dryer for 180 mins. When I checked them with the balls they were dryer at 40 mins than they used to be at 90, so I put them in for another 40 minutes. For towels at least... it literally cut my drying time in a little less than HALF. You can hear them in there but they aren't any louder than my washer and they certainly aren't as loud as tennis balls. They did not, however, remove all the static out of my load of microfiber towels. Overall I'm impressed." —Danielle

    Get them from Amazon for $16.95.

    15. A handheld knife sharpener because dull knives make for slow dinner prep, and this will bring your favorite blade back to peak condition in like, less than two minutes so you can get back to chopping.

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    Elizabeth, one of our editors, owns one of these and loves it — you can read her full knife sharpener review for more!

    Promising review: "I have been using this sharpener for three years know and it is PERFECT for a quick sharpen. It may not provide the edge of an electric sharpener or a full stone grind, but when you're prepping a meal for some hungry kids, or rushing to prep thanksgiving dinner for the whole family, a couple of swipes through this manual sharpener and your favorite knife is up to the task once again. For the price this little sharpener is an excellent addition to any kitchen!" —K.P. Ellison

    Get it on Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    16. A microwave pasta cooker so you don't have to stand around waiting for a pot of water to boil: instead, you can dump the jar of sauce into a pan on the stove to heat, pop this in the microwave, and have dinner done in 20, max.

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    All you do is measure your servings of spaghetti using the holes in the lid, add it to the cooker with some water, and microwave it for 12–20 minutes (depending on how much pasta you're cooking). And yes, it's dishwasher safe and you can salt your water (you just have to add a couple of minutes to the cooking time). You could even cook up + drain some Italian sausage in a skillet, then dump the sauce on top of that... I think I know what I'm eating for dinner tonight!

    Promising review: "I love to make pasta, but hate boiling a giant pot of water on the stove just to cook it. Now, I prepare it all the time; this makes it so fast and easy! It is great for making pasta salad in the summer, when I don't want to have to turn on the stove. I love this so much, I actually purchased one for my stepdaughter and my best friend as well. Well-made and dishwasher-safe, I have used mine for well over a year and it is still in perfect condition. Never want to be without this again!" —SpikeysMommy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. And an Instant Pot — it's truly miraculous to watch chicken breasts go from frozen solid to delicious taco meat in under 30 minutes.

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    Promising review: "As I sit here at work eating my leftover Mongolian Beef and Broccoli made in the Instant Pot yesterday, dreaming about the side of steamed artichoke I made in 15 minutes to go with it in my Instant Pot, and excited about the Chicken and Dumplings my husband a few days ago, I realize this is the first time in five years I have actually cooked dinner more than twice in a week! Healthy, delicious meat and veggies, prepared fast in the Instant Pot after work and before the kids go completely crazy from lack of sustenance. There are so many options for recipes, all made in record time, all made from scratch. Absolutely life changing kitchen appliance for busy families. Highly recommended! And it's not too hard to figure out...from someone who hasn't cooked much prior to this lovely pot." —DoctorMom777

    The three-quart is perfect for one to two two people, while the six-quart's better for families or dinner parties. Get either on Amazon: the three-quart for $59.99 and the six-quart for $74.96 (available in four colors).

    And if you want to learn more, read our Instant Pot review, or check out the chicken tacos recipe on The Little Spice Jar.

    18. The Furminator, which extracts extra hair from your pup or kitty before they can shed it all over the floor (and couch and your clothes), saving you from having to spend your time sweeping the floors and lint-rolling your furniture and your own clothes.

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    Promising review: "It's that time of the year, dog starts to shed and you start to comb them every day to cut down on the number of tumbleweeds rolling across the hardwood floors. However, no matter how many times you comb them, it does not seem to help. Until now! Needless to say I'm impressed by this little guy. It's safe and easy to use on my dog. I was able to comb out piles and piles of hair and actually got to the point that very little hair was coming out. The quick release button quickly allowed me to push the hair out of the tool, so no more picking out the hair. Our little guy looks so much smaller and is no longer leaving a trail of tumbleweeds in the house." —Aaron Mills

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two models and two sizes).

    19. A Roomba vacuum that you can program to go on an expedition all around your house each and every day, picking up the crumbs, hair, and more while all you do is scroll Instagram / get work done / chill with your family.

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    And it pairs with Alexa! This version of the Roomba features five times the suction of cheaper models, advanced sensors that know to spend extra time cleaning the dirtier high-traffic areas, and multi-surface rubber brushes designed to pick up even more dirt and hair. It also returns to its dock to recharge when it's done cleaning.

    Promising review: "I love my iRobot! It’s amazing how much time I save. I just set it on my personal schedule and let it do its thing. I work from home so the scheduling works nicely especially if I know I have conference calls planned. I have three dogs and run my iRobot every day in multiple rooms. I can’t believe how much hair, dirt and dust is picked up. It's easy to move up and down stairs. The maintenance of emptying the trash bin, removing hair from rollers and cleaning the filter is super easy. Anyone can do it. Overall great product and worth the $$." —CTate

    Get it on Amazon for $389.97.

    20. Or a highly-rated off-brand robo vac so your floors still seem to magically keep themselves perfectly clean all the time, but you also save money.

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    You just set its cleaning time with the remote control, then forget about it (well, until you need to empty the dust bin). It works on both hard floors like tile and wood, and low-pile carpets.

    Promising reviews: "This thing has changed my life. I know that sounds weird but honestly of all my Amazon purchases, and there have been many, this is one of the very best. Every day when I get home from work I open it up and it's loaded. 1200 square feet, half tile, half new carpet. Still loaded." —Nick Carraway

    "My biggest concern was the amount of hair my husky sheds on a daily basis. It’s set to run after we leave for work and again after we go to bed. The amount of hair this thing picks up is RIDICULOUS. You do have to tie up lose cords etc but that should be done anyway, and there are certain spots it got stuck but those were easily solved issues. My only regret is not getting this so much sooner." —Kentucky Joe

    Get it on Amazon for $239.99 (available in black or white).

    21. A compact portable power bank that you'll be *so* relieved to have in your bag when you realize you forgot to charge your phone overnight, because things in your life are just that chaotic right now.

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    It uses high-speed charging so you don't have to wait forever to get your phone back, either; it says it can charge an iPhone 8 three and half times, or a Galaxy S8 two and a half times. It comes with the charger, a micro USB cable for charging the charger, and a travel pouch.

    Promising review: "It's a little heavy for my purse but the size fits easily and it's been a lifesaver. Charges my phone surprisingly fast and I can get multiple charges. While on the road for an extremely busy workday, I had to charge my phone, my mobile hotspot and my iPad and still had plenty of charge left. To recharge the charger itself takes several hours but that should be expected for as much charge as it delivers. Terrific device." —D and A's Mom

    Get it on Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    22. A mini clothing steamer that will do a significantly better job of turning your crumpled dress into something you'll look presentable in at work than hanging that dress up in the bathroom while you shower ever would. Plus it takes MUCH less time than like, actually hauling out the ironing board.

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    I mean sure, the shower helps some! But it's no match for this gem, which heats up in 90 seconds and is safe to use on cotton, wool, linen, nylon blends, and sequins and beads. And — although the listing doesn't explicitly say so — many reviewers safely use it on silk (you'd just want to make sure the dyes wouldn't spot, first).

    Promising review: "It only takes a couple minutes to straighten out my shirt when I'm getting ready to leave the house. No more wrinkly t-shirts, ever. Much faster and easier than dragging out the iron and the ironing board. Seriously one of the best things I've ever bought for myself and I look nicer when I go out. If you hate ironing and also you hate wrinkly clothes, this is the purchase for you." —K. griffith

    Get it on Amazon for $20.97.

    Maitland, one of our editors here, uses and loves this! For more, read her PurSteam Garment Steamer review.

    23. A bulk pack of Neutrogena makeup remover wipes — they may not be as effective as thoroughly washing your face with a cleanser, but when it's late and you've done so much all day that you just want to collapse in bed already, they're definitely better than hitting the pillow with a full face of makeup.

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    Each individual pack holds 25 wipes, so this is basically a two-month supply! Just make sure to throw them in the trash; they're not flushable.

    Promising review: "Great for a quick cleanup after a long day. I don't like to wash my face in the evening every night as I already wash it in the morning and I don't want it to dry out. I find these wipes to be a great alternative. I don't wear a ton of makeup, but it easily removes my foundation and blush at the end of the day without any sort of scrubbing or anything at all. They're very gentle and even a little refreshing because my skin feels clean again." —MT_87

    Get them from Amazon for $8.97+ (also available in a night calming scent, or scent-free).

    24. And a pack of hydrocolloid acne patches to suck out a bunch of the gunk lurking in your zits until they basically vanish, or at least have been somewhat diminished — all overnight, because you don't have time to mess with fixing them during the day.

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    FYI, hydrocolloid patches work best on acne filled with pus (aka whiteheads), and not necessarily so well on that deep-set hormonal acne. And for these to work effectively, you might want to lightly, very gently lance the whitehead with a needle prick, then put the patch on. That way it can actually do all the absorbing it's designed to do.

    Promising review: "I bought these for my teenage daughter. She’s had such a tough time with acne. We’ve been to the dermatologist, and short of taking pills, we’ve bought every product recommended and she still has pimples that come up. So I decided to purchase these. She stuck five of these patches on the first night. The next morning, she was yelling 'Mom! Mom!' When I got to her bathroom she told me she took the first patch off, and the pimple practically disappeared overnight! The same with the other four patches. She is incredibly happy with this product." —lcwells

    Get it on Amazon: a pack of 36 patches for $12.50 or 72 patches for $20.89.

    25. A self-scooping litter box that you'll only have to bother with once a month or so, and even then all you do is swap one tray out for another.

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    The disposable trays are $46.95 for a pack of three. Or you can opt for a reusable tray (that works for any non-clumping litter) for $49.95.

    Promising review: "Probably some of the best money I've ever spent in my whole life. Is this outrageously expensive compared to your classic plastic tray? Yes. Does it lock you into using their proprietary litter trays? Yes. But...does it work? YES. There is ZERO odor. I mean ZERO. Like I can put my head inside the small storage area we keep it in, and if you were wearing a blindfold you'd never know the box is in there. Everybody in my house is so happy! Cat gets an always-clean box to do her business, we don't ever deal with cat box smell, and my spouse loves the cleanliness of this box versus the traditional one. Bonus, petsitters never ever have to scoop while we're out of town! If you're thinking about an automatic box, DO IT." —Magi

    Get it on Amazon for $169.95.

    26. A weekly planner so you can start to take control of your time and strategize so you feel like you have more time to spare in your life — or at least prioritize the things that are most important to you.

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    You can pick up this particular planner at any point in time (i.e. you don't have to wait for the beginning of a calendar year), which also means you can skip like, any weeks you'll be on vacation without "wasting" any pages. Every week has a two-page spread with a few lines for each day.

    Promising review: "This Day Planner is much more than a day planner for me. I have been using it to help keep my goals in action and ideas in one place. I am also using this as a gratitude journal. For those of you that need to physically write out your goals to strategize and implement, I highly recommend this planner. On a side note, Jen (owner) has provided the most impeccable customer service I have seen in a while." —Fresh F.

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

    It's also the pick for best budget productivity planner from BuzzFeed Reviews!

    You, once you finally make it past this busy week and have some time to just relax:

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