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Ah, New Year’s. It’s our favorite time to reflect back on the past year and remember all that we accomplished—or sometimes, all that we didn’t accomplish. Yikes.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more productive (and whose isn’t?!), we’ve got you covered. These are the 17 products you’ll need to check off that to-do list and actually achieve your goals in 2020, from the best planner to our favorite smartwatch.
1. This planner with more than5,000 reviews
Trying to remember everything you have to do each week (let alone each day) is difficult at best and impossible and worst. That’s why a planner like this one is such a lifesaver. Not only does it have plenty of space to keep track of your commitments and your to-do list, it even has pages dedicated solely to helping you set and achieve goals throughout the year.
2. The best robot vacuum
Who has time to vacuum when you have better things to do and bigger goals to crush? Thankfully, you can let a robot handle your floors for you in 2020. Plus, you don’t have to spend too much on one. Our favorite affordable robot vacuum happens to be this one from Eufy because it picks up the most dirt per run and is so quiet it won’t disturb you while you’re checking off those more important tasks.
3. This Instant Pot to make mealtime easier
Sure, you have your evenings free after work to tackle your to-do list—until you spend two of those precious hours cooking dinner (and that doesn’t even include the eating and clean-up time!). Save time and effort with our most recommended Instant Pot. The Ultra has 10 different cook settings from slow cooking to pressure cooking and can have a meal that usually takes an hour on the table in just 20 minutes.
4. This smart speaker every home needs
If you have yet to jump on the smart speaker bandwagon, 2020 may be the perfect time to do it. Our experts chose the 3rd Generation Amazon Echo as the best one out there because it has great sound quality, far-field voice recognition (so you can even talk to Alexa from a different room), and the ability to do everything from update you on traffic to read you recipes while you cook. It’s like your own personal assistant
5. The number one smartwatch
You had all the best intentions of getting stuff done today—until you sat down on the couch for a “second” but suddenly four hours have passed and all you’ve done is scroll through Instagram. To keep you from wasting your days, invest in a smartwatch like our favorite, the Apple Watch. It does everything from reminding you to get up to notifying you when you have emails or upcoming deadlines to making phone calls.
6. This chic wall calendar
When it comes to staying organized and on track, sometimes you just can’t beat an old-fashioned wall calendar. One of our editors swears by this one, which she has hanging above her desk. It has a sleek modern design paired with an easy-to-hang backing so it will stay up all year long.
7. Our favorite noise-canceling headphones
Whether it’s the construction noises outside your window, the endless chatter of your coworkers, or your kid begging you to come play, there are so many distractions in your everyday life—and so many things that prevent you from getting stuff done. These noise-canceling headphones (which beat out the popular Bose ones!) will block out some of that with their customizable noise cancellation, which you can alter to control how much of the outside world you can hear.
8. The coziest weighted blanket
The more tired you are, the less productive you are. It’s just a fact. And an easy way to get more sleep is by swapping your regular blanket out for a weighted one, which is supposed to relieve anxiety and stress to help you doze off faster. The best weighted blanket we’ve used is the popular Gravity Blanket because it’s super soft to the touch and provides just the right amount of pressure.
9. This expert-approved coffee maker
For me, trying to function without coffee is like trying to drive my car without gas—I won’t get anywhere. And while yes, more sleep would help (I hear you, Mom!), sometimes that isn’t possible. So a massive cup of joe is absolutely necessary. To brew the best cup, we recommend this coffee maker called the Moccamaster because it made the best-tasting coffee during our tests and is speedy and simple to use.
10. The newest Kindle to carry around with you
Chances are you spend a lot of your day waiting, whether it’s on the train for your daily commute or in the school parking lot to pick up your kids. Make the most of that time with our number one Kindle, the Paperwhite. It’s lightweight so it’s easy to take on the go and has the most storage of all the models so you can download all of your favorite books, audio books, and podcasts.
11. These must-haves for meal prep
If you want to meal prep in the new year but don’t know where to start, how about with these top-rated glass containers? Our kitchen and cooking writer loves them because they’re durable and free of the harmful chemicals that is typically in plastic and she can easily see what’s inside of them, so she know what she’s grabbing in the fridge.
12. This ‘smart’ notebook
Meet the notebook that will take your list-making, work-accomplishing game to a whole new level. The RocketBook—which has reusable pages that can simply be wiped clean each time—has over 5,000 reviews on Amazon. People love that you can upload your notes and lists directly to any cloud service (like Google Drive) and that it saves so much time and paper.
13. This alarm clock that wakes you up naturally
No list of things to help you be productive would be complete without an alarm clock. But since no one enjoys the blaring, screeching horror that is your average alarm clock, we suggest this gentler alternative from Philips. It mimics the sunrise so you wake up peacefully to the glow of natural light and soothing sounds.
14. This small but mighty portable charger
You can’t get much done with a dead phone (or tablet or laptop). And if you’re someone who’s always running around, that means you need this number one portable charger to keep you juiced up. Of all the ones we tested, the Jackery Bolt was the most compact and the most powerful—it can charge an iPhone three times over before it needs to be charged itself.
15. This organizer to keep your desk clutter-free
Outer order, inner calm: That’s our motto for 2020. Because there’s not much you can get done when your workspace is a mess. Get it under control with this organizer, which is a best-seller on Amazon. It has more than 2,000 glowing reviews for being super sturdy and having enough storage space to fit all of your supplies and papers inside.
16. This popular meal kit
The only thing more efficient than using an Instant Pot to make dinner? Using a meal kit delivery service so you don’t even have to step foot in the grocery store. We found Home Chef to be the best option out there because it delivers the freshest, highest-quality ingredients along with easy-to-follow recipes right to your doorstep.
17. These glasses so you can work longer
You could get a lot more done if your eyes didn’t get so tired from staring at your laptop, your phone, and your tablet all day long. Fortunately, these trendy blue light-blocking glasses can help. We put some of the most popular pairs to the test and found that they do in fact block some of the harmful blue light that screens emit which can cause eye strain, migraines, and fatigue. I wear mine every day and truly do feel like they’ve made a difference in how I feel (and how hard I work!).
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