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30 Things That'll Help You Get So Much More Done In 2019

Procrastination? I don't know her. (Okay, she used to be a friend of a friend. 🙄)

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1. A simple but effective planner for keeping track of both short-term and long-term goals *without* feeling overwhelmed.


There are yearly, monthly, and weekly sections, with plenty of space to write in daily to-dos. It's undated so you're not limited to a certain time frame. This is actually our cheap pick for the best planner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

Promising review: "I was looking for a simple planner to help keep my life in order midway through the calendar year, which makes it difficult to find a decent one without wasting half the calendar. This planner allows you to personally add the calendar so you can start from any point in the year. That was what drew me to this planner to begin with, but it really wound up working for me by keeping me on track without any unnecessary frills. With prompts to set long-term goals for the year and short-term goals for the week, I find myself feeling organized and accomplished. A favorite feature of mine is the section each week of what my successes were and what I could do better for the next week. The Simple Elephant does a brilliant job of keeping me focused and mindful — it is a staple in my bag wherever I go." —Gina

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three colors).

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." —Sharing Life's Moments

Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in two finishes).

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


This lamp has three color modes and six brightness levels for all your needs: work, study, reading, or relaxing. It also has a USB charging port.

Promising review: "In the last week I have (sincerely) told at least 10 people this was one of the best purchases of my life. No joke. This lamp is excellent. The arm folds together and then down, making it extremely portable. The three different light types are all great, and all have different useful applications. The field that the light covers is remarkably large, too. It is an even, bright, wide-spread light that can be adjusted with the five brightness settings. You can plug your phone into it. The power cord detaches from the base making it even easier to store. And it looks awesome, too. If you EVER WORK AT A DESK, I cannot recommend this lamp highly enough." —Spencer Mackey

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two finishes).

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


These are our cheap pick for the best wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews! I tried these and they sound just as good and feel just as comfortable as a $300+ pair — for a fraction of the price!

Promising review: "I was on the lookout for a decent pair of wireless headphones for working out/running. These are AMAZING. Sound quality is surprisingly great for the price. They're better than most of my wired headphones. I'm sure there are better options out there with a bigger price tag, but this is the best for what you're paying. The design is sleek, durable, and a good weight (not cheap and light, but also not too heavy for comfort). Great fit, snug on the ears, definitely sound-cancelling when audio is coming through. Little bulkier, but that's expected with this style. These are very comfortable. Setup is VERY simple. One button to pair with phone, and phone picked up the Bluetooth signal within seconds. PERFECT for what I needed: wireless, high-quality sound for my activities. I highly recommend giving these a shot, you will NOT be disappointed." —Cody R. Kraski

Get them from Amazon for $44.99 (available in seven colors).

5. 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." —Heather

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $5.94.

6. An app that'll break 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.

iTunes Store

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

Promising review: "A simple but effective app to prevent burnout while working or studying (I use it for studying Japanese). The Pomodoro method helps not only with keeping you at your peak of attention span but also helps with the much more subtle fear that feeds wandering attention and procrastination: the fear that the workload will never end. It's perfect and very comforting for overwhelming tasks that you dread sitting down to tackle.

The app itself is so visually simple, it doesn't distract, but reassures you in an easy-to-read timer. There's also a reminder that rings every Monday at 2 p.m., suggesting that you plug in for a session, which I found adorable. It's kept me from dropping the app and forgetting it, and as a result, put in more regular study time." —NobodyUnoe

Get it from the iTunes Store for free (in-app purchases available). Check out a similar app for Androids here and here.

7. 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!" —HerbGirl1324

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

8. A foldable and portable standing desk so you can get on your feet when you feel a nap attack sneaking up., Amazon

Promising review: "This is a great solution for someone looking for a standing desk with their laptop. I use this desk at my office two to three hours a day. I just place it right on top of my desk and put the laptop on top. It's quite sturdy and even the attachable mousepad feels firm — my laser mouse works fine on it.

What I really like about the desk is if I don't want to use it, I can easily fold it up and place it in a drawer or just move it out of the way, it really doesn't take up much space.

I have other people in my office who use the standard standing desk, and they've had issues with sturdiness and also very little space to store them within their cubicles. If you use a laptop as your primary work computer and are looking for a standing desk — this is an excellent solution." —Chris

Get it from Amazon for $39.90.

9. 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." —Elle Michelle

Get it from Amazon for $10.45.

10. A Fitbit Flex 2 that'll alert you when it's time to wake up and go to bed. Having a regular sleep schedule 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 — it keeps me motivated." —Barb

Get it from Amazon for $58.89+ (avaialable in four colors).

11. 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 for $26.92.

12. A daily planning notepad with checkboxes because ticking off items as you complete them is very satisfying. Plus, you'll see everything you need to do for the day at a glance.


Promising review: "I use this product every day at work. I love it to keep me organized during my busy days." —Alyssa Roy

Get a three-pack (A5 size) from Amazon for $14.50.

13. A cold-brew maker for the most delicious way to get your daily caffeine fix. (Some of us just can't get the day started without a cup of coffee, TBH.)


Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

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." —Mark C

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

14. A Chrome extension that'll restrict 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.

Chrome Store

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.

15. A best-selling book about 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." —Zach

Get it from Amazon for $10.87.

16. A productivity planner can 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." —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

17. 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!

Google Play

Promising review: "Just set up a weekly schedule with this, and it is very easy to use. You can use the built-in activities or create your own, complete with custom icons. This allows you to manage your time down to the minute for any activities you want. I am using it to manage time and build a habitual routine." —Jr Lavallee

Get it from the Google Play Store for free (in-app purchases available). Check out a similar app for iOS here.

18. A reusable notebook (just wipe clean with a damp cloth) that'll let 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." —Tulla Bell

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

19. 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." —Mark B

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.97.

20. An adorable app for curing your phone addiction. If you use your phone to kill time, you'll also kill your virtual tree! 😱

iTunes Store

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!

Promising review: "I downloaded the app for work productivity, but it’s made me hyper-aware of how often I actually pick up my phone. For any task, just having the reminder that my phone is not currently available to me is extremely helpful. I’m realizing that I waste a ton of time that stems from, say, just looking at a text that could wait until later. Moral: don’t think this app isn’t useful because you’re not at a desk all day. It has countless uses." —ijustgetbored

Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free (in-app purchases available).

21. A pair of dusting slippers that'll make it super easy to polish the floors — meaning, you'll have zero excuses to avoid cleaning!


Promising review: "This is my second pair of slippers. I use them at home on my laminate flooring. They help to keep the floors clean, work great for quick spot cleaning, and are durable if you wash them frequently. They are also quiet, which was my main motivator. Plus you can do the 'Risky Business' slide." —DanielDJr.

Get them from Amazon for $11 (available in sizes 6–11 and four colors).

22. 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 — this chair is everything I need for my long study sessions. It's incredible, period." —hyhh

Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

23. A pack of adulting stickers because completing any task/chore, no matter how mundane, is an accomplishment.


Get an 18-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

24. An under-desk pedal exerciser for anyone who works long hours at a sedentary job. It's an easy way to squeeze in some exercise.


Promising review: "I put it under my desk while I'm working and get in some exercise during the day. It's very sturdy and provides all of the relevant information — RPM, miles, calories burned, time spent pedaling." —MKG

Get it from Amazon for $59.99. Or, check out a cheaper option.

25. A word processor that'll hide distractions and create a simple and immersive writing environment.


Download FocusWriter from Gott Code for free.

26. 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.

RainCityDesignCo / Etsy

Get a printable digital file from RainCityDesignCo on Etsy for $5.55.

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


Promising review: "This magnetic planner is wonderful! It is the perfect size for the refrigerator. It comes with three dry-erase magnetic markers (gray, blue, and pink, with erasers on each) as well as a separate magnetic eraser. Great way to keep two working parents up to date as well as a meal planner." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $18.90 (available as a monthly or weekly format).

28. A pack of mint-flavored energy gum for chewing away your afternoon drowsiness.

Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

Read our review on Neuro Gum (#2)! These are sugar-free and formulated with green tea caffeine, which means you won't get jitters or crash like with other energy-boosting products. (FYI, the caffeine content in each tablet is equivalent to a half cup of coffee.)

Promising review: "I normally drink a cup of coffee before I work out in the morning, but found NeuroGum to be a quicker and cheaper alternative. It tastes pretty good, and the caffeine kicks in super fast. I'll definitely be stocking up on this gum from here on out to get me going in the morning." —Dan Scime

Get 12 nine-packs from Amazon for $39.

29. A pair of computer glasses that'll make staring at a screen for hours on end feel less exhausting. They're designed to minimize eye strain caused by blue light emitted from digital screens and fluorescent lighting.,

Promising review: "These glasses are great. They look sharp, and they're not tinted so much that they alter color perception. I work in an office setting and after just one day of wearing these glasses, I noticed an improvement in my eye health. My eyes no longer hurt, water, itch, or feel bleached out after staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Highly recommended!" —Ariele Monzo

Get them from Amazon for $14.99+.

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

iTunes Store

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.

Promising review: "I liked that I could have a mix of habits that were weekly and daily. Some that I could only track M–F for work. Some that tracked negative habits like no more than one drink on a work night. And counting habits like eight glasses of water a day. It’s easy to open the app and tick off that I drank my water with each glass. It’s also so satisfying (and motivating) to see I met all my habits for the day. Keeps me going!! Love it!!!" —sddangelo

Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free (in-app purchases available).

When people ask if you're ready for 2019:


Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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