20 Things That’ll Make Even The Laziest People Productive

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1.

A alarm clock to gradually wake you up the way all people’s bodies ~evolved~ to wake up: with a chill sunrise.


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Just because you’re kinda lazy doesn’t mean you need the loudest alarm on the planet to actually wake up — if gimmicky, loud, fight-or-flight-response alarms have failed you, maybe something chill is what you’ve needed all along.

Promising review: “Oh my goodness! I bought this for my husband to replace an old school super annoying nuclear-level alarm clock which he would repeatedly snooze 6 or 7 times. THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER GIVEN AS A GIFT. I didn’t know my mornings could begin so peacefully! I am GENTLY woken by the light before it reaches it’s brightest setting, and then the chirping birds sounds are so real. I thought they were singing outside my window at first! Now I don’t mind when my husband hits the snooze, ’cause those birds are lovely! Makes dragging myself out of bed great!” —Amazon Customer

Get one with 3.9/5 stars on Amazon (and a sunset feature to help you fall asleep, as well as the gradual wake-up sunrise) for $99.99. Or get one with 3.6/5 stars (but only the sunrise feature, no sunset) for $19.99.

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A simple to-do list that’s entertaining enough you just might actually use it.


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Promising review: “The pages tear off ridiculously easily, with a very satisfying, slow, deep, ripping sound… like a very low purr, or a quiet car engine…. so you can feel good about tearing off your old to-do list even when there are twelve little to-do’s on it and the only one you’ve managed to check off is “got up.” Perfect for procrastinators, and those who think they want to be productive, but not really.” —Abigail

Get it on Amazon for $12.21.

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A pair of sweeper slippers to clean your floors for you anytime you make the walk from your couch (or computer) to your fridge.


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Promising review: “I can’t say these things are miracle workers, but they certainly do a great job on hair. I have two cats, one of which is a long-haired thing, and I just don’t have the time to sweep our tile and hardwood floors daily to get their hair up. So when I ran across these slippers on Amazon I figured I’d give them a try, and I’ve been quite pleased with the results.

They’re also excellent on human hair, which is why I’ve now purchased a pair for my teenage daughter to wear when she’s fussing with her ‘do in her bathroom. No more furry floors for me!” —Ms. Bea Haven

Get the pair on Amazon for $10.10 (four colors).

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Or a remote-controlled robot vacuum that will keep your floors impeccably clean with almost no effort on your part.


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All you have to do is empty the bin every once in a while.

Promising review: “So satisfying to be lazy on couch and feel like you are cleaning the house! Can handle pet fur from our Bernese mountain dog. Like no more fur tumbleweeds in the corners of the house. It is amazing!

It does get stuck under our coffee table because the bottom is arch shaped, so it goes under part way then gets caught by the lower height at the edge and can’t get un-wedged, we will either be propping said table up 1/2 inch, or wedging stuff under the middle to stop the vacuum from trying to get underneath altogether. We have also been impressed by its ability to go up and down half inch floor heights between our hard wood and tile flooring.” —HappyHippie

Get it on Amazon for $159.99.

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A mini steamer so you can look perfectly put together every morning without expending any effort beyond turning on your water faucet.


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And like, waving the steamer in front of your wrinkly dress. One of our editors owns and loves this — read her full mini steamer review.

Promising review: “This is the most handy little steamer! 99% of the time, I am too lazy to pull out a full ironing board. This steamer is so much easier to use when I am in a rush, and more effective for many of the fabrics I wear. I am really pleased with the quality, and use it multiple times a week. It is cost effective as well as time efficient.” —Amanda Feller

Get it on Amazon for $24.99.

6.

An exercise ball to use as a desk chair so all you have to do to get a core workout is sit and go about your business as usual.


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Promising reviews: “This is great for the office. I’m 5’6″, 160 and using it as a ball chair to help strength core and better my posture. My hips feel so much better. I use this as a chair four or five hours daily. Easy to pump up and maintains volume.” —Heather P.

“We love this ball in the office. We have so many good things to say we just can’t name them all. We can work and exercise at the same time, it’s a good-mood maker, easy to use for everyone, makes moving around the office easy, helps improve balance and core strength… all around great buy. You will be missing out if you don’t get it!” —Megan

Get one on Amazon for $9.49+ (most options $20-30; available in 19 colors and four sizes, which depend on your height).

7.

A spin scrubber that cleans every inch of your bathroom and dirty tile floors while you just stand there and wave it around a little.


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You charge it overnight, and it goes and goes and goes. It comes with four different easy-to-change brush heads perfect for basically any scrubbing task you might have to tackle — plus an extendable handle so you don’t have to stretch to reach even the highest corners. (Well, unless you live somewhere with incredibly high ceilings, like a castle or a palace or something.)

Promising review: “Where has this tool been all my life? Wow. What a difference. In less than 30 minutes I unpacked it, put it together, and cleaned the entire floor of my small master bathroom. I did NOT have to get down on my hands and knees. I used three of the four different heads to clean the floor, baseboards, and caulk by the tub with water and a little Mop ‘n’ Glo. I am extremely impressed by this!” —Chudwad1

Get it on Amazon for $49.99.

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A pack of Neuro Gum to help keep you awake, focused, and motivated through whatever task it is you have to accomplish.


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It contains about 40 grams of caffeine per piece, plus L-theanine, an amino acid that comes from tea and helps you feel more relaxed. So you feel alert, but not jittery.

Promising review: “Within about a few minutes I’d get a pleasant boost in both mood and energy, with a focused sense of relaxation that I found very useful for times that I both needed a pick-me-up and something to take the edge off — for example getting through the end of a workday. I also liked using it after lunch as a healthier alternative to a cup of coffee to help stave off that dreaded post-food drowsiness. Overall I’d highly recommend it, and in fact, I’ve already gotten a few of my friends and family hooked!” —Parsa Parirokh

Get six packs (with nine pieces per pack, or 54 pieces) on Amazon for $19.95.

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A spinning gadget that makes cleaning your makeup brushes quick, easy, and TBH kind of fun, so you don’t procrastinate on giving them the wash (and dry!) they so desperately need.


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Promising review: “Love it! I’ve washed six different types of brushes and different sizes. It has its own charging station. And it really does cut my brush washing time more than half. I’m kind of in love with this thing. And the soap it comes with is pretty good too! I washed my foundation brushes that had Kat Von D Tattoo foundation on them….soooooo…. if you don’t know what that means… Y’all. It works. Like a freaking charm!” —spacegirl

Get the set on Amazon for $27.99.

10.

A clothes folder — it’s so easy and satisfying to use that you’ll find yourself actually wanting to put away your laundry…or at least not hating the task so much.


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It’s not just for regular old tees either — tanks, long-sleeved shirts, and even some pairs of pants. It folds everything to the exact same size!

Promising review: “This product is a total laundry game-changer! I’m the laziest person I know when it comes to folding shirts, and they used to pile up for weeks at a time before I would finally bother to put them away. This thing is so simple it inspires me to actually fold my shirts on laundry day, which saves me my usual hassle and laundry avoidance techniques. I love it!!!” —Leah A

Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

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A planner with undated monthly and weekly spreads, so you can stop carrying it around for a few weeks without worrying about wasting pages, but still stay on top of things when life gets busier.


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While the monthly pages are tied to the specific year, the weekly pages aren’t, really. So you can use it almost as long as you want (if you don’t care about the month pages), even if that’s relatively infrequently. It was also the affordable pick for best planner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

Promising review: “This is exactly what I was looking for. A great day planner that’s easily customizable. The dates are blank, so it’s easy to start whenever, and make up ground when missing a day/week/month. The paper has a good weight to it, so I can write in pen or pencil, and pens don’t bleed through.

Plenty of room for the whole year, plus notes, and pocket inside the back cover. Oh, and stickers — who doesn’t like stickers? I’ve been using it for a month and a half now, and I like it. Once this year is complete, I would buy another for next year.” —Mike Curran

Get it on Amazon for $18.99.

12.

A basic slow cooker that essentially does all the cooking for you — all you have to do is dump the ingredients in morning-of, and at the end of the day you’ll have a delicious dinner.


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Get the recipe for the pictured easy white chicken chili here, and 13 other 5-ingredient slow cooker recipes.

Promising review: “This is the first Crock Pot that I’ve had in years and I’m glad that I bought it. Clean up was a surprisingly easy chore — I didn’t expect that at all and was very pleased. I like that it has the clips on the side so that you can take it elsewhere without spillage. It’ll be great at holiday time! It is heavy but it may just be that I’m not used to using one. It is just the perfect size for about five servings of meat and vegetables which is great. I love not having to watch it cook or check on it like I do when I use the stove top or oven.” —Mockingbird

Get the six-quart on Amazon for $24.99+ (two colors).

13.

An app to stop you from automatically checking Twitter anytime you pick up your phone, because if you exit the app, the little tree your productivity’s been nurturing will die.


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If you don’t exit the app, your single tree can slowly grow into a small (or even a big!) forest. It’s based on the Pomodoro (aka tomato timer) technique, where you work for focused bursts of a certain amount of time, often 25 minutes, then take short breaks in between.

Get it on the App Store for $1.99 and Google Play for free.

14.

An easy-to-adjust standing desk converter because sitting all day might just be part of what’s draining your ability to focus.


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With this, you can go from sitting to standing with just a light push back or pull forward. And reviewers say it’s incredibly simple to assemble.

Promising review: “This stand up desk converter has changed my work habits and improved my lower back in just less than one week. It’s great. Not sitting all day has given me more energy as the day goes on. And my back feels better. It’s well worth buying.” —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $159.99+ (available in 36″ or 42″ heights, two colors).

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Or an inexpensive but super sturdy cardboard standing desk that won’t convert, but could help you figure out if standing’s right for you before you spend the big bucks on something fancier.


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Promising review: “I can’t endorse this product highly enough. As a freelance 3D animator I have a 60” wide workstation with two monitors taking up all of that space. I’ve wanted to explore a standing desk for health reasons but at that size cost was out of the question. When I learned of this option I took a chance on two of them, and I am so glad I did. I’ve been using them for several days now and they are rock-solid and a perfect solution for my workspace. I did have some confusion setting up the first one but the videos on the Ergodriven web site cleared that up within seconds and I was on my way. Setting up the second one was trivially easy.” —Mark L. Dyson

Get one on Amazon for $25.

16.

A reacher/grabber claw so you can actually retrieve your keys, the remote, your socks, or whatever just dropped behind the edge of the couch or bed without moving too far from your comfortable seat.


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Promising reviews: “Awesome! Dropped a tiny earring behind a dresser and was able to easily retrieve it with the grabber.” —Kris

“I got this to pick up trash around my neighborhood and local parks. It works just as expected! Surprising accuracy: it can pick up very small little items.” —Clay Riggs

Get it on Amazon for $10.99.

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A Fit Bit activity tracker that gives you little “rewards” for being more active, turning going to the gym or even just taking a short walk in the middle of your workday into a game.


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Promising review: “It has taken me awhile to get on the Fit Bit wagon, but once I did, I am pleasantly surprised at how this helps me look for reasons to get more steps in. It is almost like a game or challenge to increase my steps and/or activity. The sleep information is very helpful, it also helps encourage me to get to sleep earlier. I have only had this a week and truly enjoy it! Sitting at a desk job, it reminds you to get up and stretch or try to walk around a little. Even when being lazy around the house it will buzz on your arm to get up and go for a stroll.” —WorkingMama

Get one on Amazon for $123.98+ (six colors, three sizes).

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Or if you really like the idea of game-ifying your to-dos, tasks, and habits: an app that turns your life into a role playing game.


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You can play alone or team up with your friends (there’s a desktop version, too). Every task you set yourself and then accomplish gives you more experience (or other rewards!) that you use to level up your little avatar. Get it on the App Store or Google Play for free.


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Promising review: “These are so helpful in my co-working office. I love my coworkers, but sometimes (okay, a lot of times) I need straight up focus time. These cancel out the sound so well that they often have to tap me on the shoulder to ask me a question because I can’t hear them over my music. I wondered if I should make more of an investment, but these are suiting me just fine.” —Andrea S.

Get them on Amazon for $37.50.

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And a set of adulting reward stickers because when you do motivate yourself to do the small tasks, there’s nothing wrong with a small celebration.


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And maybe knowing you get a sticker at the end can be just a small part of that motivation. (Besides like, the fact you have to grocery shop and pay your bills to continue doing basic things like eating and showering.)

Get them from Paper Space Boutique on Etsy for $5.35 per sheet of 35 stickers.

The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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