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    34 Things That'll Help You Develop Good Habits In 2020

    Make your New Year's resolutions a permanent part of your life.

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wanted to reduce stress and nail down some habits, and I've always done better when I can see progress tangibly. I'd been eyeing this calendar for some time, but was unsure if it was worth the money. I decided to go for it. SO glad I did. It has some 'homework' pages at the beginning to help you focus in on your goals, but most its the cleanness and ready-to-go nature of the monthly calendar pages that have worked for me. It's helped me be more disciplined AND narrow my focus so I'm not worrying about doing everything under the sun each day. I liked it so much that I bought a second one for a friend. Another friend saw me using it and also made a purchase. I'm really happy I made the leap." —Flight of Stars

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

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

    Amazon

    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 $21.97.

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

    amazon.com

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

    Promising review: "Love this bottle. I’ve been slacking on drinking enough water and I’m a total fitness junkie so needed to step up my game. Today is my second day using it and I have drank one gallon and 16 ounces both days. Totally works for me!" —Elina

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (also available in red).

    4. Or, a set of collapsible stainless steel straws, because 1) you drink faster with a straw than without one and 2) they're more eco-friendly than disposable plastic ones. They take up a minimal amount of space and even come with a silicone tip to protect your teeth and lips while drinking.

    Macy's

    This set includes two 9" collapsible straws, a cleaning brush, and a travel pouch.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $12.99.

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

    Amazon

    It's also undated so you can start on your own timeline.

    Promising review: "This planner is amazing! I'm a chronic procrastinator who bought this planner on a whim in hopes that it would help whip me into shape and it has totally transformed the way I tackle my day. The Productivity Planner helps you focus on the five most important tasks, which makes for a more structured day in my opinion. I find it more helpful than the typical endless 'to-do list' format that many other planners on the market seem to have. I also love the way the Pomodoro technique is implemented and think it is absolutely brilliant. If you are looking for one planner to keep you motivated and working towards completing your goals then give the Productivity Planner a try. You won't regret it!" —Krystal Flowers

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    6. 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.

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

    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.

    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.

    Amazon

    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 personal blender for quickly whipping up a protein or veggie-packed smoothie and taking it to go on days you don't have time for a sit-down meal.

    Macy's

    It'll also help you waste less food since you can make smoothies out of overripe fruit and vegetables. A brown banana or shriveled strawberry might not look appetizing, but you won't be able to tell after it's blended! This personal blender comes with blending and frothing blades and two 20-ounce travel cups. The removable parts are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $59.99.

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

    CrateJoy

    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. In addition to the novel and a warm drink, you'll also get two bookish items and a bookmark.

    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 $39.89/month.

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

    UncommonGoods

    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.

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

    Uncommongoods

    Promising review: "This product is so handy and easy to use. It saves time and energy but helps you prepare a breakfast (or other meal) quickly and without using a pan or the oven. I spray the dish with cooking spray, whisk an egg, and pour it in. Add cheese, vegetables, or anything you want. Cover with a paper towel and nuke for 45 seconds. Put it on a bagel, english muffin, toast, or roll in a tortilla. You are out the door with a good breakfast in no time and the clean up is SO EASY! I LOVE mine and I buy them for family and friends as the perfect gift." —Sandra

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    13. A Fitbit Inspire for keeping track of all your activities (from steps to heart rate to sleep) and reminding you to stay active. You'll be more motivated to keep going when you actually see your progress.

    Amazon

    This device tracks all-day activity, including steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes, and calories burned. In addition to tracking your sleep, it can set silent alarms that wake you by buzzing on your wrist. The battery can last up to five days without constant charging. It can also record workouts like walks, swimming (it's water-resistant up to 50 meters), and bike rides with SmartTrack. You'll get call, text, and calendar alerts as well.

    Promising review: "I have always been skeptical about fitness trackers but decided to give one a try. I am amazed at how motivating it is. I love it. I haven’t used all the functions yet. I have used it for steps, alarms, activity tracking, calorie burn, sleep and heart rate. It gives very clear information both on the tracker and on the app. It was really easy to set up and is light and comfortable to wear. I got the pink one, which looks nice. I have my daily and weekly goals and I get feedback and messages on how I’m doing. I really love it." —Lin

    Get it from Amazon for $79 (available in three colors).

    14. Or, a pedometer to remind you to hit that 10,000 steps per day goal.

    amazon.com

    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 $19.99 (available in five colors).

    15. 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.

    Amazon

    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).

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

    Amazon

    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 $22.99 (available in three colors).

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

    Amazon

    You can also use the vibration feature alone and don't worry, the volume is adjustable.

    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 $31.62+ (available in seven colors).

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

    Amazon

    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.

    19. 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.

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    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.

    20. 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.

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

    amazon.com

    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 $18.39 (available in 17 colors).

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

    amazon.com

    This lil' machine has seven white noises, seven fan sounds, ten relaxing natural sounds (birds, sea wave, brook, lullaby, music box, cricket, campfire, rain, womb sounds, and train).

    Promising review: "I bought my first one of these for my baby's room and found that this little machine is so soothing, I ended up buying one for myself! I usually sleep with a fan on (which my husband doesn’t really like because he gets too cold), but now I don’t have to! I mostly use one of the fan settings, but sometimes I use the outdoor cricket setting. Sounds like you’re camping. I use that one for my baby every night and have it go off after an hour with the timer setting. I leave mine on all night cause I’m a very light sleeper. I can honestly say I have had more deep sleep since I’ve been using this product. And that is a rarity for me." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in two colors).

    23. A habit-tracking app that'll help you set goals, follow your progress, and motivate you with streaks/chains.

    Rachel Wilkerson Miller / BuzzFeed

    Read our 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!

    24. A reusable and washable microfiber cloth so easy to use, you'll never go to bed without taking off your makeup again. Just add some water and wipe — it'll take less than a minute!

    BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I purchased this based on some positive reviews, and they can't even touch how amazing this product is. When I purchased this product, I did so because I was tired of using mascara removers and washing my face and still having mascara or makeup on a makeup pad while swiping toner on my face. Well, that problem is now gone. This product seriously does what it says — it erases makeup! I could not believe the way it removed my makeup the first time I used it! You use it for a week, toss it in the wash, and use it again. I was wondering how it would clean up in the laundry, and it looked brand new — no mascara was left after it went through the wash. It is amazing and if you're considering purchasing it — do it! No more chemicals to remove that makeup!" —StaceyB

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    This is our mid-priced pick for the best makeup remover at BuzzFeed Reviews!

    25. A pretty dry-erase calendar board for planning out your month and jotting down things to remember so you can see everything at a glance. When in doubt, write it down!

    Urban Outfitters

    This dry-erase board comes with a marker with eraser cap, marker clip, two magnets, and mounting hardware.

    Promising review: "It’s so convenient and helps me remember things that come straight to my head! It’s great for organizing dates and specific things you need. The magnets are so handy for hanging up additional reminders! I recommend!" —Lili22

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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.

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

    amazon.com

    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 $24.99.

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

    Udemy

    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 $22.19.

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

    Clarity Money / Gyan Yankovich

    Read our 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).

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

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this! The size is perfect, not big and bulky like some others. There is plenty of room to plan my monthly budget, including recurring automatic payment withdrawals which we have several of. The pocket is large enough to hold the cash envelopes that we also utilize. And it's very pretty and reasonably priced. It's never fun to pay bills, but you may as well make it as organized as possible! This does everything I need it to do and then some!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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

    Facebook: ecotools, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I admit it. I'm terrible when it comes to taking care of my makeup and brushes. I don't care if it's past its prime; if it still works, I'm using it. And those badger brushes I paid a ton for? Pretty sure they were still holding onto powder and eyeshadow from six years ago. So in a rare moment of responsibility, I finally broke down and started looking for a brush cleaner.

    So how did it work? Well, I can happily say that this cleaner does a bang-up job! My brushes were saturated with old color, to the point that I thought I might need to spring for a new set. Aside from just looking bad, though, all that old color was probably affecting pigment and application any time I used them. A little of this cleaner, a handful of seconds working it in and rinsing, and my brushes look practically as good as the day I bought them! Saved me a ton of money in new brushes, and it didn't take away from my being-lazy time!" —ysar

    Get it from Amazon for $5.03.

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

    instagram.com, instagram.com

    Check out our full review of Care/of!

    Subscriptions start at $5/month.

    33. And a weekly pill organizer, because taking your medication and supplements on time is very important!

    Amazon

    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 $6.99.

    34. 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!

    Amazon

    Get a 48-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

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

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