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    30 Things That'll Help You Get So Much More Done In 2020

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

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    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).

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

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my desk at work and it's exactly what I needed! Been using it for a little over a month and can tell a difference in the way my neck and back feel at work. Plus it's very cute and functional! There's a place for everything!" —Taylor Clifton

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two finishes).

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

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    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.

    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 $17.99+ (available in four colors).

    This is actually our cheap pick for the best planner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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

    Amazon

    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 $36.99+ (available in seven colors).

    These are our cheap pick for the best wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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

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    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 $15.97 (available in two colors).

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

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I buy a lot of art supplies, and while I know that price point isn't always an indicator of quality, I've had enough run-ins with cheap products to be skeptical of something as inexpensive of these pens. I'm really happy to say, though, that my skepticism was unwarranted. These pens are wonderful, bright, true to color, beautifully smooth to write with, and comfortable to hold. The fine tip is perfect for using in my journal and while they're bold, they don't bleed through the page (medium weight dot-grid journal) so badly I can't use the other side, and there's a nice assortment of colors so I can color code everything.

    I've had these just over a month, and with daily use they still have plenty of life left. I highly recommend them!" —J. Betz

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $5.69.

    8. A foldable and portable standing desk so you can get on your feet when you feel a nap attack sneaking up. It'll also make working on the couch or bed feel a bit comfier.

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

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    Promising review: "Have this sitting in the office and it has gotten quite a bit of use already. Everyone that comes in wants to try it out. Sometimes really helps with those needed decisions. Great item for those indecisive co-workers." —jawill

    Get it from Amazon for $25.50.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.)

    Amazon

    Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

    Promising review: "I have completely given up Starbucks after buying this. This is great if you love cold brew. It does take a while to figure out your personal specifics to suit your tastes but once you do, it’s awesome! To clean, you just run it through the dishwasher. If you’re a serious coffee drinker, this is a great way to save money!" —Julie Schwartz

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two sizes).

    12. A headache-relieving essential oil stick (featuring a blend of peppermint, spearmint, and lavender) so a migraine doesn't put a damper on your day.

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    Read our review of the Migrastil headache relief stick!

    Promising review: "I have had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I have tried everything. OTC medication, prescription medication, pain injections, chiropractor etc... This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I have only had two to three headaches in that time, and they were mild. I ordered more already so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines. It is phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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

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    *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 $12.82.

    14. 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.

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    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).

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this note pad. I was looking for something that I could use daily at work to help with organization and follow through and this does the trick. I take a few minutes at the start each day and fill out a page, stick it to the top of my folder and it keeps me on track." —LJ

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

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

    Amazon

    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 $24.99.

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

    Amazon

    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 $13.98 (available in three sizes and three colors).

    19. 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).

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

    Amazon

    Get an 18-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

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

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Replaced a larger, more expensive chair, and this one is proving to be a positive experience. I wanted something that would help me have a better sitting posture, and this chair is doing exactly that for me. Glad I purchased it." —W. Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $62.54.

    22. Or, a memory foam seat cushion and lumbar pillow that'll completely transform your old office chair.

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    The cover is removable and washable.

    Promising review: "I am now using my memory foam seat cushion with the lumbar pillow, they perfectly complete each other and transformed my old office chair into a premium orthopedic chair sold in ergonomic furniture stores. The lumbar pillow supports my posture and the seat cushion relieves sitting pain. I don't think I can ever go back to sitting long hours without these two. Planning on getting a second set for my dad as a Father's Day gift." —Mario

    Get them from Amazon: the lumbar pillow for $24.95 and the seat cushion for $29.95

    23. 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.

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    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.

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

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This planner is perfect! I use it for our menu, to do list, appointments, and work schedules. It has a nice strong magnetic back and it is sturdy. It also cleans very easy and doesn't leave stains from the markers." —Tanya Hodgins

    Get it from Amazon for $16.90 (available as a monthly or weekly format).

    25. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $10.49.

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

    FocusWriter

    Download FocusWriter from Gott Code for free.

    27. 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 six nine-packs from Amazon for $21.

    28. A document clip to give your poor neck some much needed relief. It'll hold your papers right next to the computer monitor for easy viewing and make work way less tedious.

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    It holds up to 30 sheets of paper and can swing back and forth.

    Promising review: "This lightweight arm holds at least 20 pages without falling out. I use this to prioritize things I need to get done and it keeps me from losing paper in piles. I have neck issues because I am constantly looking down and this keeps my head up and makes data entry easier because it's right next to the screen. It also pivots so I can adjust the angle." —Life Is Short

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    29. 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).

    30. 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.

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    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 $17.99+.

    When people ask if you're ready for 2020:

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