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    Updated on Jul 21, 2019. Posted on Jul 12, 2019

    30 Things That'll Make Work Way Less Tedious

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    1. An essential oil stick because there are endless things that could trigger a mid-day migraine at the office. (Susan's voice, for example.)

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    My apologies to all the Susans out there who actually have very soothing voices. 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.

    2. A Sriracha to-go bottle keychain for transforming your sad desk lunch into a spicy treat.

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    Sauce not included, sadly.

    Promising review: "Perfect for in a purse or lunchbox, and it allows me to keep delicious Sriaracha on hand for lunches at work, without feeling like a jerk for taking up too much space in the office fridge with a big bottle." —T. LaRiccia

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.23.

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

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    Promising review: "One of the best health investments of the year for me. This is so simple, yet so much thought must have went into designing it to make it stable, lightweight, ergonomic and sharp looking. A terrific under-$40 investment. If you're considering one of those $400+ standing desks, I would highly advise to give this standing laptop desk a shot first. I feel great standing up a few hours a day while tasking away and working hard. Great invention!" —Brent Grablachoff

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four colors).

    4. Motivational stress balls to take your frustrations out on when you're asked to re-do those PowerPoint slides for the third time.

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    Promising review: "They're wonderful. I keep one at home, one at work, and one in the car. They've come in quite handy in fighting off the stress of work and traffic." —Knance

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    5. A hilarious coffee mug that'll make early mornings slightly more tolerable.

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    This 11-ounce mug is microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88.

    6. A pair of noise-isolating headphones because listening to the Stranger Things soundtrack definitely makes the hours go by faster.

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    Promising review: "We have short walls at my job and I needed headphones to keep down the distractions while working. I could not be more pleased with my purchase. I work easier at my desk playing soft music through my headphones without listening to co-workers talking. They are very soft on my ears and the sound is clear. Great battery life. I would definitely recommend these headphones." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in six colors).

    It's our cheap pick for the best over-ear Bluetooth headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. A mini Crock-Pot for heating up food up right at your desk so there's no risk of someone eating your lunch "accidentally".

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    "MY SANDWICH?!" — Not you. It has a 20-ounce capacity, a dishwasher-safe removable container, and a spill-proof lid.

    Promising review: "Love this food warmer. I use it for lunch and dinner at work every day. I meal prep by freezing big batches of food in small freezer-bags and place them inside of coffee mugs so the food is in a shape that will fit in the Crock-Pot. I let the food cook from frozen for about two hours and it comes out perfectly." —Karen w.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.41+ (available in four colors).

    8. A pack of mint-flavored energy gum to boost your focus when you're feeling drowsy and unproductive at 3 p.m.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Read our review of NeuroGum (#2 on the list)! 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 nine six-packs from Amazon for $21.

    9. A memory foam seat cushion and lumbar pillow that'll make sitting down for hours and hours a comfier experience.

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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

    10. A quiet little desk fan because there's no way you'll be productive when it's 500 degrees in the office.

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    Promising review: "This fan is a perfect size for my desk, yet delivers powerful cooling air. Love the color, and it's very quiet! As you can see from the pictures, it doesn't take up much room." —BeckieBea

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three colors).

    11. A mousepad with gel support so your wrist feels less ~rekt~ after a day of clicking and typing.

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    Promising review: "This mouse pad is like Gandalf the White! It has alleviated a lot of my wrist pain and I find myself resting my hand on it even when I'm not using my mouth. It has straightened out the alignment of my hand and I'm no longer lowering my wrist while working with my mouse. I can absolutely tell the difference if I'm on my normal mouse pad at home; it's good (Gandalf the Grey) but it ain't great. I need to buy another one for my home office and for my mom. If you're hesitating, don't. Buy it and your wrist will thank you." —R. Quigley

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 25 designs).

    12. A mirror puzzle cube to stimulate your brain on slow days or just during lunch break. Plus, it'll make a cool desk ornament.

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    Promising review: "This cube can be solved using the same formula as a regular Rubik's cube, but it takes longer to apply the formula to the varied shapes of the mirror cube, providing a new and interesting challenge. The different sized rectangles also make interesting shapes as you solve it, and look appealing as a decoration when half-solved." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. A productivity timer that'll help you break a huge project down into manageable chunks.

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    You can start or stop the countdown simply by rotating the timer. There are three volume levels (high, low, silent) as well as a flashing LED light for visual alert so if you work in a quiet office, you won't disturb your co-workers!

    Promising review: "No joke, this timer is COOL! I never thought I’d be saying that about a timer, but it’s the truth. I bought the timer to help me focus at work. I tend to lose track of time and lose a lot of it. With this timer, all I do is flip it over to whatever time I want countdown. When time is up, it will beep to let me know and then even count up to show me how far past I went. It’s very stylish and cool looking, and all my coworkers asked me about it. I highly recommend this timer for anyone who needs needs help focusing and who loses track of time." —Julia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).

    14. A mug warmer because running to the microwave every 20 minutes to reheat your coffee is not fun at all. Some of us drink very slowly, okay?!

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    Promising review: "I'm a very slow tea/coffee drinker, so having this mini hot plate is amazing. I can have hot tea until the last sip! Life-changing. I use it every day. I'm using it as I write this review. I drink more tea because I know it won't get cold and sad. My roommates all want one now." —PDT

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    15. A cascading wall organizer for keeping all your papers organized so you're not drenched in sweat from anxiety when it's time to file expenses.

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    You can also fold it down and take it to go.

    Promising review: "This is the most amazing invention ever. My husband and I got into a habit of piling up all our random papers in the kitchen on top of the microwave, and I was just SICK of it! Could never find anything and things would go missing. Once I set this up, it was a game changer. My kitchen mess is no longer! And I have not lost another field trip form and have a place for all those floating art projects, receipts, and pay stubs." —Kirsten

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74.

    16. A mini humidifier to rescue your skin and nose from the desert that is your cubicle.

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    It can operate continuously for four to five hours and will automatically shut off when it's empty.

    Promising review: "Super cute and easy to use. I just filled it with water and plugged it into my computer! Mist is strong and doesn’t leave condensation on my keyboard or monitors, which other small humidifiers sometimes do." —Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98 (available in four colors).

    17. Feather pens that'll make jotting down meeting notes less of a chore (and you'll definitely notice if someone tries to steal one of these off your desk).

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    Promising review: "I purchased these pens to give my co-workers for Valentine’s Day. I wasn’t expecting much because of the price and thought they would be more of a novelty item. However, they are very decent pens. Writes very smoothly, but the ink flow isn’t so much that it bleeds through paper. It will smear if touched immediately, but dries within four to five seconds. I know most people aren’t looking to buy these because they want a decent pen, but it will probably help people to know that they are decent pens." —KCinOK

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    18. A foot hammock so you can kick back, relax...and finish that report.

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    It can be fastened on pretty much any kind of desk.

    Promising review: "I am a gamer so I needed a good foot stool that doesn't dig into my legs and feet. Works perfectly." —Brandi Wooldridge

    Get it from Amazon for $20.89 (available in two colors).

    19. A pair of stylish computer glasses for anyone who stares at a screen for eight hours or more. They're designed to minimize eye strain caused by blue light emitted from digital screens and fluorescent lighting.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Check out our full review of these Privé Rexaux computer glasses!

    Here's an excerpt: "Peep the photo above to see how different my screen looks through them. They don't change the ~color~ (important, since my job is to shop for all of you all day, and I don't want to recommend a sweater thinking the color is different), but they do reduce the glaring brightness and just tone things down a bit. And when I remember to actually wear them, my eyes seriously do feel so much fresher and less painfully dry and tired at the end of the day. They're so lightweight and comfy to wear, I usually forget I even have them on. Plus, they're pretty damn stylish!" —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95 (also check out Privé Rexaux's Amazon page for all the available eyeglass and sunglass styles).

    20. Adorable succulents to keep you company when your work spouse is on vacation.

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    Promising review: "These are by far the most beautiful and healthy succulents that I’ve seen arrive by mail! I live in Minneapolis, it’s about 12° — that’s cold! They were double boxed and [there was] even a heat pad inside that kept them warm!" —Pintac

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $22.

    21. A refreshing rose water facial mist that'll not only wake you up but will also give your skin some much needed moisture (especially when the AC is on full blast).

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    Promising review: "This stuff smells amazing! It makes your skin feel wonderful. It is so refreshing, especially on a hot day. I completely recommend this." —Raechel E.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    22. An adjustable stand so you can see every notification coming in without having to pick your phone up. No more missed text messages!

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Read our full review of this phone stand (#4 on the list)!

    Here's an excerpt: "It has a sleek but pretty, not-too-pink champagne-y rose gold body, an adjustable stand (so you can position it to your height perfectly), and a hole in the back you can snake a cord through for easy charging. The ledge is wide enough to fit a fairly substantial case without worry, and it's a game-changer that I can just look at the screen to unlock my phone. Magic! Now I can keep those group text updates truly ~at a glance~ — without interrupting my flow until I take a break later." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three colors).

    23. A desk plaque for sparking up some truly riveting conversations (that don't involve the weather).

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    Get it from RedCloudStudio on Etsy for $20.50 (available in three finishes and two styles).

    24. A privacy filter to fend off your nosy co-workers who just HAVE to see what's on your screen. (Lol, you're actually reading this post but it's still none of their business!)

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    Promising review: "I bought the 24-inch ones for my DELL screens and they fit perfectly. They also provide a nice amount of privacy that I need due to being in an open office area. I turned the brightness to 100% after installation and the brightness is perfect. I would recommend these to anyone. One photo is me sitting right in front of my screens with the screens installed, the other is behind me at a slight angle." —Corie

    Get it from Amazon for $33.45+ (available in six colors and a variety of sizes).

    25. Notepads that accurately describe an average day at your office.

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    Promising review: "These are hilarious, but are also good quality. The paper is thick enough that pens don't bleed through or tear the paper. They've been appreciated by my co-workers." —Angel

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    26. Peel-and-stick cable clips because if you have to climb under the desk ONE MORE TIME to retrieve the charging cord, you're gonna lose it.

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    Promising review: "These things work great! I have them spread out through my office to my home. At my desk, they keep the cables that I need to stay on the desk there and they are practically invisible. Definitely recommend these if you are looking to get your cables a little more organized!" —Pierce Gainey

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    27. A time-marked water bottle so you don't have to keep track of how many cups of water you drank throughout the day. This will do all the work for you!

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    Promising review: "Timer bottles help me with hydration more than anything else I've tried. With two jobs and a very busy lifestyle in general, it's easy to not drink enough water. I have had a few fun bottles but they always get to looking grody or the designs rub off. So far these are holding up better than anything else I've bought, AND they were the best value I found. If they ever add in another set in other colors I'll definitely buy it." —Rhianna Walker

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.99.

    28. A wonderfully random screaming goat figurine to cheer you up when you're having a ~baaad~ day.

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    It even comes with an illustrated pocket guide of fun facts and trivia about goats!

    Promising review: "Absolutely hysterical! Got this for my desk at work and whenever frustrated, just touch it and it makes me laugh! Couple other girls at work also ordered to join in the fun! Makes life at work a bit lighter!" —Stacie P.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

    29. A daily mood flip chart that'll spell out exactly what you're feeling — just so everyone knows.

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    There are 47 moods to choose from!

    Promising review: "I love this flip chart, everyone at my office loves it and they kept asking where I bought it. I told them Amazon, and needless to say, the whole office now has them." —Noelia L.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.61.

    30. A Dundie Award because you deserve a prize for dealing with Toby from HR.

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    Promising review: "Hilarious and awesome for any fan of The Office. Got lots of laughs from coworkers. I thought it would be flimsy but it’s actually well built!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    If all else fails, you could always destroy the old printer:

    20th Century Fox

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

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