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32 Things That'll Help You Develop Good Habits In 2019

Get a head-start on your New Year's resolutions!

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1. A time-marked water bottle that might encourage you to hit your daily intake goal.

It's also BPA-free and air-insulated to keep your water cold for longer!

Promising review: "Yes, this water bottle costs a lot, but it is the best! It is very lightweight and easy to carry around. Because you can close the tip of the straw, you don't have to worry about the straw getting dirty. Because I am the type of person who needs to reminded or forced to drink water, and this bottle serves the purpose. It helps me stay on track. I wish I did not spend money on other bottles and just bought this one a long time ago!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

2. A productivity journal for sorting out which tasks to prioritize and complete each day so you don't overload yourself.


Promising review: "I'm loving this planner! It has room to put five tasks for each day, which is helping me to not over-schedule myself. I'm actually getting more done because it is keeping things realistic and helping me to prioritize what to do first." —Magday

Get it from Amazon for $24.95, Anthropologie for $19.96 or Urban Outfitters for $26.

3. An adorable app designed to help you stay focused and productive.

App Store

It's based on the Pomodoro Technique!

Promising review: "As someone who struggles with ADHD, sitting down and studying for more than 30 minutes was equivalent to seeing a double rainbow; it was always a struggle to actually COMPLETE my studies. I paid for Bear Friendly Timer and for the first time in my life, studied for probably six hours! It was a miracle! My mom was impressed and got the app, too, and she uses it frequently as well. Also, I am simply a huge sucker for well-designed and cute apps, so naturally I am pleased with this one!" —Pizzarabbit

Get it from the iTunes Store for $0.99. Check out similar apps for Androids here and here.

4. A "Coffee and a Classic" book subscription box so you'll always have a great novel to read each month.


The book selection varies each month from the tried-and-true classics to some more modern favorites! There are three genres to choose from: classic literature, nonfiction, and children's books. Don't fret if you're not a coffee fan — you get to choose between coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

Promising review: "I have been a subscriber for a while now, and I love this box. The books are beautiful, and everything in each box just fits together like a puzzle. Highly recommend!" —Michelle

Get it from Cratejoy for $27.54+/month.

5. And a books bucket list scratch-off poster that might motivate you to fit in some extra reading time.


Promising review: "I received this as a birthday gift. It was perfect. I'm an avid reader and love the idea of completing the chart over the next couple of years. So much fun. My finished poster will be framed. I love the fact that this contains a variety of genres and books from classics to modern classics — both YA and adult books are present. Looking forward to completing this." —SaraReads

Get it from Uncommongoods for $15.

6. A super loud, vibrating alarm clock for anyone who has a habit of oversleeping (and missing the phone alarm). No more!


Promising review: "This alarm clock has succeeded where many have failed. I have had severe issues waking up to an alarm for years now and had tried nearly every trick in the book. After many failed attempts at solving my stubborn sleeping habit, I finally found this product. The alarm clock's ear-piercing noise can usually wake me up by itself, but when you add to it the mattress vibrating mechanism, it is a sure thing. I've had the clock going on three months and haven't overslept a single day. There have been no problems with the clock whatsoever. If you can't seem to get out of bed in the morning, or repeatedly hit snooze on your current alarm clock without even recalling doing so, then this is the product for you. It may be a little pricey for an alarm clock, but it is worth every penny." —MDC

Get it from Amazon for $31.19+ (available in seven colors).

7. A waterproof timer to keep your showers at a reasonable length each morning. Yay for saving water and not being late for work!


Promising review: "Perfect for our shower! I am one of those people who is generally running late so I wanted something to keep me on schedule, and this timer has already done just that! It was extremely easy to program and simple to use. If you are looking for a basic timer/clock that is waterproof, this is perfect!" —Lindsay LaJoye

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

8. A magnetic meal planning pad so you can figure out what to eat each week ahead of time and avoid last-minute takeout decisions.


Promising review: "For the past year, I've decided to start meal planning to cut down on grocery costs, improve my kitchen skills, and most importantly, focus on eating healthy. I was using odd papers to create my meal plans and grocery lists but decided I needed something a little more user-friendly and a strategy that helped me feel more put-together — this notepad does not disappoint. I love how both my meal planning and grocery lists are in the same spot and as a bonus, the sheets are perforated, allowing me to take my list with me and keep the meal plan safe at home — genius! I'm a sucker for cute illustrations, and I love the pictures on this pad, too. Highly suggest for anyone trying to incorporate meal planning into their lives!" —L. Fisher

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

9. A mesh-back office chair that might promote better sitting posture.


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 $67.99.

10. A 45-second omelet maker because you'll have zero excuses to skip breakfast when it's this easy.


Promising review: "My son now makes a quick omelet before racing out the door in the morning for school. Good nutritious start to the day and no pan to clean up after!" —Aidan

Get it from Uncommongoods for $25.

11. A pedometer to remind you to hit that 10,000 steps per day goal.

Promising review: "Super motivating once you realize that you barely move and you don't come anywhere near the recommended 10,000 steps/day. It works well, I have had no problems with it. I love that it shuts off when you put it down and activates immediately upon picking it up. It accurately tracks my steps and mileage as well." —Mika

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five colors).

12. A double-compartment hamper so you'll be trained to sort the laundry as you go.


Promising review: "This hamper makes life easier. Before I would just throw everything together and sort right before putting them in the wash. With this, I am saving time." —Maria-Alicia

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

13. A set of leak-proof containers can make it easier to pack a lunch and waste less food. They're great for meal-planning, keeping leftovers, and storing dry goods.


I own and love these containers — read my review for more deets!

Promising review: "This is really aesthetically pleasing, and perfect for meal-prepping. My healthy salad and veggies look so bright and colorful — people often comment on how delicious my lunch looks, and it’s usually just a green salad. The crystal clear container really makes it look appetizing, and the seal is super tight. I’ve thrown soup in my purse and carried it around all day without worrying. I’ve always preferred glass, but these are so light, nestle so well, are super easy to clean, and so drip-proof that maybe I’m a convert. I immediately purchased another set as soon as I got the first." —Joy3888

Get a 14-piece set from Amazon for $24.99.

14. A habit calendar perfect for setting up daily, weekly, and monthly checklists.


Promising review: "This has been the most helpful tool for accountability to myself to accomplish my goals. It's highly motivating! At first, I couldn't justify spending $18 for it, knowing I could make my own spreadsheets and print them out. But I didn't get around to it, so I ordered the calendar instead. Best decision ever!

It's very durable and sturdy. The pages are thick and very high quality. No bleed through. I don't have to worry about my walls getting ruined. And I have it on my bedroom wall where I can see it every morning and every night to remind me to stay on track. Highly recommended!" —Anna

Get it from Amazon for $18.

15. A Quip electric toothbrush — you have the option to get head refills sent to you every three months so you won't forget to change it.


When you purchase a set, it comes with the Quip brush, travel cover mount, a large toothpaste, and a travel-sized toothpaste. Then for $10 every three months, you’ll be sent a new brush head, AAA battery, and two different-sized toothpastes — this refill subscription is optional, though, so you can just get the toothbrush set if you want!

Get the plastic version from Quip for $25 (or $40 for the metallic version).

It's our cheap pick for the best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews.

16. A sound machine to help you get better rest and hopefully establish a regular sleep schedule.


It comes with 16 sound options, ranging from white noise and fan sounds to sleep songs, meditation options, or nature sounds.

Promising review: "Was a bit skeptical if this would really work. However, this little machine sure works wonders. Volume control and sleep sound options are more than adequate — plenty loud, if you like it that way, like me! I like sleeping with high volume sounds and did not find the sound quality becoming distorted in any way. You won't get bored because you can change up the sound if you feel like it. You get a lot in this compact sleep aid, plus you don't have to worry about replacing batteries (it runs on electrical power). I find it really helps me stay asleep through the night, minimizes wake-ups, and I start the day feeling very rested. I had trouble for months getting a good night's sleep, but ever since I got this machine, I am having the best night's sleep in a long time!!!" —LARRY R.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

17. A door-hanging organizer so you won't forget the essentials (like keys, phone, wallet) before heading out the door. Eventually, it'll become like second-nature.

Animi Causa

Get it from Animi Causa for $18.99.

18. A motivating book that might inspire you to establish a productive daily routine, develop or reinforce good habits (like waking up early), and just ~level up~ in life in general.


Promising review: "Scott and Livermore offer useable techniques to organize your daily routines. This book presents the concepts and then offers practical ways to incorporate those concepts into your day-to-day living. I especially appreciated the chapter which offered real people's schedules. That really put it all together for me. After reading this book, I feel more empowered to create a better weekly routine for myself." —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (or read for free with Kindle Unlimited).

19. A pair of UV-blocking computer glasses for anyone who stares at a computer screen eight hours a day (or more).

Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE these glasses, and especially this style of frame. I’ve had these glasses for almost two years, and I still continue to use them daily. At the time, I was working full-time on the computer and then going to school at night, to come home to be on the computer again until I went to bed. I would get these constant eye-strain headaches, and my eyes will always feel fatigued. Well, thanks to these glasses, I was able to use the computer as I intended with great ease. I would recommend these glasses to anyone who spends an extensive amount of time staring at a screen. Not to mention they are very stylish as well." —F. L.

Get them from Amazon for $19.90 (available in five colors).

20. A reusable tote bag to always keep in your purse as an eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic grocery bags.


Promising review: "I couldn’t be more pleased with my new shopping bags. The colors are fun, and the bags are the perfect size. They fold up and tuck away in my purse very easily so I am never without them. No more running back out to the parking lot to grab my store bags when I forget them (which is almost every time!). Lots of compliments from fellow shoppers and bagging staff! Will definitely be purchasing another set." —Wendy

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $14.87.

21. A pack of microfiber cloths so easy to use, you'll never go to bed without taking off your makeup again.


Promising review: "I absolutely hate washing my face. I always used makeup remover wipes at the end of the day, but I’ve been trying to create less waste and limit single-use items as much as possible. I wasn’t sure if these would work or not. From the second I tried them, however, I was impressed! They actually get everything off! I’ve used them with just plain water and with micellar makeup remover; both are great! I also use them to wipe any remaining foundation off of my hands after putting my makeup on. No more stained towels! The cloths come perfectly clean in the washing machine. I was a little worried about staining, but I just throw them in with the regular towels and they’re fine." —Katie T.

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $2.97.

22. A habit-tracking app can help you set goals, follow your progress, and motivate you with streaks/chains.

Rachel Wilkerson Miller / BuzzFeed

Read a BuzzFeed editor's review of this app!

Promising review: "This app has helped me to completely turn my life around and meet goals. I exercise every day, I’ve quit refined sugar, and I wake up early now. I love my life, and this app deserves a lot of credit for that!" —Skelegraph

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

Also, check out other awesome habit-tracking apps!

23. A pretty dry-erase board for jotting down things to remember so you can see them at a glance. When in doubt, write it down!

Urban Outfitters

Promising review: "This whiteboard has such a nice aesthetic and is a great way to add notes and reminders for myself in my room, while still having a unique touch!" —lily1616

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

24. A bitter but harmless clear polish to help break your nail-biting habit for good.


Get even more details about this polish!

Promising review: "I have been biting my fingernails as long as I could chew. I grew immune to the taste of the no-bite nail polish you can buy at drugstores. I tried keeping a rubber band on my wrist and popping it every time I noticed myself chewing. This nail polish has been the only thing that has worked. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and another one at home just in case I slip up. I had the first manicure of my life a few weeks ago. Amazing product." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

25. A bottle of makeup brush shampoo so effective, you'll actually want to wash your brushes more often!

Facebook: ecotools

Promising review: "After almost finishing my first bottle, I must say this product works amazingly. It leaves my brushes super clean without stripping them. I love the light, clean scent that it leaves, and it makes me want to wash my brushes more often." —Alicia

Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

26. A five-minute journal that won't be a chore to fill in and will help cultivate gratitude and positivity.

Promising review: "I am guilty of having collected dozens of journals and notebooks throughout my life, with the same results every time: excitedly writing in them for a few days (or a few weeks, if I'm lucky) and then slowly forgetting about them — mostly due to the amount of time and energy it takes to keep one up.

If you're like me, this is the perfect answer! It truly takes five minutes to fill out the section, and it is difficult to find an excuse NOT to do it each day.

The best thing about this journal is that if you follow it the way it is intended — filling it out upon waking and before going to bed every day — it will re-center you and provide balance and positivity to your life.

BOTTOM LINE: I genuinely look forward to writing in this journal twice a day. This is a journal I really see myself completing for the entire year, for the first time in my life. This is great for people like me who have difficulties sticking to something, who would like a stepping stone to a more traditional journal, or who just want to focus on the positives in life and are looking for a tool to assist in becoming an all-around more emotionally balanced individual." —Randa Zogheib

Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

27. A weekly pill organizer because taking your medication on time is very important!


Promising review: "I have had this for a few months now. I don’t think I’ve missed any medicine since I started using it. I am on 10 different meds which I take several times a day. This is perfect. I love that I can put the day in my purse or pocket, and I am set for the day. Mom saw mine and ordered one. Everyone who I’ve shown it to is sold. It’s a great product. So far it is one of the few products I have rated five stars." —Karen R. Starken

Get it from Amazon for $8.09.

28. A budgeting app for tracking your spending habits so you can be more mindful of where your money goes.

Clarity Money / Gyan Yankovich

Read a BuzzFeeder's review of this app!

Promising review: "I love this app. It provides such a good breakdown of your spending and where your money goes. There is not a whole lot you have to do; Clarity Money analyzes your spending for you and places each and every transaction you make into different categories such as bills, travel, shopping, food, etc. I’ve been very surprised at how efficient it is in recognizing each transaction and placing them into the correct categories. Every now and then, you must reclassify one or two, but for the most part, it’s rare that you must do so. The app also offers an option to save money on a weekly or monthly basis with the built-in Clarity Money Savings Account. There is also so much more. Bottom line: if you are serious about keeping up with your budget and would like an easy way to do so, this is the app for you. Honestly, this app is for everyone with a bank account or credit card. I’ve not found anything easier to use." —cbarfield1789

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

29. Or, a budgeting book if you prefer to document expenses the old-fashioned way — on paper.


Promising review: "After a rough 2017 financially, I wanted to do better in the new year. It has sections where I can document the money coming in, the debts, bills, and any savings I want to accumulate. Then it easily helps me break down what I have remaining. I just brought this product and already it has me mindful of my spending, as I record every time I do. A great product to purchase." —Estelle C.

Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

30. A personalized vitamins subscription you'll actually look forward to taking every day.,

Check out our full review of Care/of!

Subscriptions start at $5/month.

31. An online class (on subjects like photography) because it's an easy way to learn new things and find new hobbies.


Promising review: "The course has been a great refresher of my basic knowledge, together with the post-production introduction of which I had no previous exposure, too. Instruction and directions are easy to understand. Follow up and critiques have been good. I felt very comfortable doing this short course and would highly recommend it to fellow enthusiasts." —Bradley Murphy

Sign up at Udemy for $10.99.

32. A box of thank you notes to always keep at your desk — you'll be more likely to write one. Good manners = a good habit!


Get a 48-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

When you stick to a good habit for more than 21 days:


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