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1. A reusable notebook that’ll let you blast your notes directly to smart devices via an app. Just wipe it clean with a damp cloth when you’re done, and it’ll be good to go again
It’s only compatible with Pilot FriXion pens (one is included with the notebook).
Promising review: «I love it! I will admit that the transition from paper to digital when it comes to notes is not an easy one for me, but this is a fabulous way to sort of split the difference. You still have the action of writing (which I find really important in meetings and brainstorming sessions) but without the consumption of paper and countless notebooks. And, being able to throw things into the cloud makes them accessible no matter where you’re working — handy.» —Meredith
Get it from Amazon for $32+ (available in two sizes).
2. A waterproof notepad for jotting down all your shower thoughts — the best kind of thoughts. You can finally shampoo in peace without worrying about forgetting those great ideas.
It comes with a pencil. Check out another waterproof notebook you can bring on the go!
Promising review: «For someone with mild ADD or anxiety as I have, this was life-changing. It seems silly, but for anyone with a busy life or just stressed, this is one of the simplest, most valuable things I can think of. Beyond that, I have 5-starred it because I’ve had one for 18 months and can’t find any flaw or way the product can be improved. It’s simple and does what it’s supposed to. So why do I say life-changing? Rule number one when under stress is get things out of your head and captured somewhere so you can actually focus on whatever task might be at hand without worrying about forgetting. The shower was the one place I couldn’t capture anything and often where everything came to mind.» —Adrian J Gell
Get it from Amazon for $8.81.
3. A productivity planner to help you stay focused and prioritize certain tasks so you can accomplish them without feeling overwhelmed.
This planner is non-dated.
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 $24.95.
4. A weekly meal planning pad so you can finally stick to a food budget and order less takeout.
It has a magnet on the back, and you can tear off the shopping list to take with you to the grocery store.
Promising review: «This works perfectly for planning out my weekly meals. I use it generally just for supper, as this seems to be the most challenging meal in our house to try and figure out. After a long day at work/school/daycare, it seems nobody in our family can decide on what to eat. I sit down and figure it out a couple weeks ahead at a time. It takes the stress out of figuring out supper meals! And I love the detachable shopping list on the side. As I’m figuring out the menu for a particular week, I can quickly jot down the items needed for meals.» —Triauna
Get it from Amazon for $8.95.
5. Or, a what-to-eat pad that’ll give you the option to plan for dining out or takeout.
Promising review: «I’d tried for years to do weekly meal planning but nothing really stuck until I got this pad. I think it’s the simplicity that helps. I spend about 10–15 minutes on Sunday planning the meals for the week with the family and then go grocery shopping. Everyone one gets a say in the meals, we don’t get stuck in a rut, and everyone knows what’s coming up so no one eats a crucial ingredient ahead of time. Oddly, having a written plan also helps with last-minute changes so we can easily see how to shuffle the meals so food doesn’t get wasted. Whole pad lasts about a year, and I just bought my second pad.» —lec265
Get it from Amazon for $5.60.
6. A floral desk calendar for easily keeping track of birthdays, anniversaries, and dentist appointments.
It runs from August 2018 to July 2019. You can also hang it up on the wall!
Promising review: «As a teacher, I rely on a good desk calendar. I was excited to find this pretty and pleasing-to-the-eye calendar. The squares are big enough to keep track of meetings, assemblies, and anything else I have to do on any given day!» —Julie Lewis
Get it from Amazon for $16.95.
7. A high-quality dotted notebook with thick pages your pens won’t bleed through. Plus, it won’t fall apart even if you jostle it around in your backpack.
It has a blank table of contents, stickers for labeling and archiving, eight detachable sheets, and an expandable inner pocket and page marker. Check out a BuzzFeed editor’s review of this notebook!
Promising review: «I’ve been looking to start a bullet journal for a while now, and I started off with a Moleskine. I switched to Leuchtturm after reading some reviews, even though I was skeptical about the minute differences between the two. I have to say that I am extremely impressed with the attention to detail in this lovely little journal, and I am 100% behind it. The pages are great quality and have less bleeding than other notebooks I’ve used. The hardcover lays flat on a table, so I don’t have that awkward hump to write over in the middle. It has two bookmarks for organization, along with numbered pages and an index right up front. All of these are little qualities that I am extremely thankful for now, and I won’t be going back to any other brands. This is a great journal for beginners or enthusiasts alike. Great investment, and great quality.» —Casey
Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in 21 colors; also available in lined or blank).
8. Or, a cheaper dupe, if you’re just dipping your toes into the world of bullet journaling and don’t want to spend too much.
Read more about how to start a bullet journal!
Promising review: «For half the price of a Leuchtturm1917 notebook, I 100% recommend this for those who are on a tighter budget but want a quality notebook for their journal/bullet journal. The notebook itself from the outside looks exactly like the Leuchtturm1917 notebook. It has a pocket at the very back to keep pics and other whatnots. The paper is so smooth to write on, strong enough to withstand heavy erasing, and thick enough to prevent heavy ghosting. The only downside to this notebook is that it’s not numbered. But that’s not a huge problem for me because that allows me to customize the notebook according to my preference.» —theamazonian
Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in two sizes and five colors).
9. A Nifty Journal: it can be more than just a notebook — it contains a variety of life hacks and activities to make adulting a little easier.
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Get the original, adulting, or parenting journals from BuzzFeed’s Nifty shop for $22.95 each.
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10. A packing notepad so you’ll never forget something important like your contact solution. Last-minute packers rejoice!
Promising review: «I travel often, and this is a great comprehensive list. Before this, I was making last-minute lists and trying to think about conferences or laboratory requirements or presentations. This helps me get better direction and not forget important items! One of the ones I used worked so well, I kept it around for similar trips.» —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $6.31.
11. A stylish 13-month planner with plenty of space for scribbling down stuff you need to do.
Check out a BuzzFeeder’s review of this planner.
Promising review: «I can’t wait to use it, it has everything you need to organize your work AND life. Love the mix between an adult and kid planner (stickers and color book).» —MARCE M.
Get it from Amazon or Bando for $28 (available in five designs; also available as a plain notebook).
12. A vegan leather traveler’s notebook you can customize by adding different kinds of inserts.
This journal comes with a blank notebook but you can add other kinds of inserts. It has pockets on the inside, including card holders, as well as a pen holder.
Check out a BuzzFeeder’s full review of this notebook.
Get it from Cadeneta Notebooks on Etsy for $28.77+ (available nine sizes).
13. A call and email checklist that’ll double as a mouse pad for your home office.
Promising review: «This handy little notepad keeps me organized and on schedule during the week. It has really improved my ability to stay organized, which is critical. I cannot say enough good things about it, and co-workers have taken notice and purchased their own as well!» —Ashley M.
Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in two designs).
14. A list journal filled with prompts to get you thinking about what brings you happiness and fulfillment.
Promising review: «I love to journal or write but never know what to say. This book is absolutely perfect to have as a guide, and it has so many creative writing prompts that inspire happiness. I haven’t completed the entire book yet, but I know I’ll be sad when it ends. This book really inspires you to find happiness in your life and to create more of it, and it’s fun, too.» —Riley
Get it from Amazon for $11.86.
15. A pack of six colorful notepads so you can have one dedicated to every need: bills, food, chores, etc.
They have magnets on the back so you can stick them on the fridge.
Promising review: «These were just what I wanted for making out all kind of lists. The magnets are super strong and stick very well in place.» —Jeb
Get them from Amazon for $10.99.
16. A password keeper because remembering a different one for every website is way too challenging.
Promising review: «I love this little notebook. The design concept is super cute with the password asterisks on the front. It’s small, but not so small that you have to write in a miniature font. It also leaves several lines where the password entry is, so you have room to update information if you change a password. I think that’s pretty cool because I like to update my passwords every four to six months and that way, I don’t have to create a new entry or buy a new password book altogether.» —Sammie O
Get it from Amazon for $6.99.
17. A get-your-shit-together pad that might just encourage you to power through some tough errands.
Promising review: «These Knock Knock pads make me feel so much better about household chores and errands I have to run. They at least make me smile a little when I’m stuck doing things I dislike. They’re also extremely useful. They help me stay organized and on track with my to-do lists.» —Sierra K.
Get it from Amazon for $7.
18. A slightly morbid peace-of-mind planner for organizing all your affairs — it’ll make your family members’ lives a lot easier just in case something happens to you (knock on wood).
It covers important information such as medical information, key contacts, personal property, pets, etc.
Promising review: «Don’t let the title throw you (you can order the same material with a ‘softer’ title if you want, but why?), this book allows you to enter the information that your loved ones will need when you’re gone… and save them so much trouble at a time when they have enough grief to deal with. As an estate planning attorney, I recommend these books to ALL my clients. And remind them to keep the info up to date… to save the ones you love time, anguish, and money.» —PJ
Get it from Amazon for $12.80.
19. A grocery list planning pad to remind you to restock the pantry (and the TP) before everything runs out.
Promising review: «GREAT! So easy to use, and my family can just check off the list. I take it to the store with me and did not forget a thing. Everyone in the family can use it. We keep it in the kitchen.» —Bridgette
Get it from Amazon for $9.95.
20. A five-subject notebook so you won’t have to lug around a different one for each class.
Get it from Paperchase for $8.50.
21. A luxe daily planner (with a durable linen cover) that’ll create structure for your day but also offers extra space for doodles and thoughts.
Each page can be filled in with a custom date and there are sections for filling out your daily objective, schedule, to do list, projects, notes, etc.
Promising review: «I love the quality and format of this planner (I bought the cactus design) — it’s unlike any I’ve seen, and I’ve gone through my fair share of planners. It’s like a paperback book, with a beautiful woven cover. Each page is dedicated to a day, with space for to-dos, notes, a timetable, objectives, and upcoming events. I highly recommend this product!» —alexarockzz
Get it from Urban Outfitters for $24 (available in six designs).
22. A home improvement pad perfect for distributing repairs and chores to the whole family. It would also work for roommates!
Get it from Amazon for $8.
23. A weekly planning pad for keeping track of important meetings and upcoming deadlines.
Promising review: «I love my new desk pad. I have only had it a week, and it is making me already feel more organized. It is pretty and just the right size. I like using colored drawing pens to make my entries, in keeping with the artistic look of the pad.» —Logansnana
Get it from Amazon for $12.95.
24. A sleek marble academic planner so you can stay on top of essays and exams.
It runs from August 2018 to July 2019. There are sections for goals and vision boards as well as monthly and weekly planning space.
Promising review: «Pretty hardcover planner. It’s sturdy, and I like the gold metal tipped corners for year-long protection. For someone who likes reflection, goals, and inspiration throughout the year, this is fabulous. I like the way it pushes me a little further in personal inner growth in addition to the outer. Yet, it still gives me the essentials; the full-size monthly calendar and sufficient daily note space for to-do lists. This is my first planner of this sort but if kept up with, this seems to me a great little book to keep and hold onto for years of valuable insight and memories.» —Kat Winters
Get it from Amazon for $28.95.
25. A four-section to-do pad that’ll let you see all the daily tasks at a glance. You’ll feel super satisfied when ticking the items off.
Promising review: «I love this to-do pad. It has everything organized so well, and I always start out my day jotting down what I need to get done in each section. Not sure how I lived without it in the past! Will definitely order more for myself and as gifts for friends who need to organize a bit better. Brings me such satisfaction to know that I accomplished everything I needed to do. High quality and well thought out. Can’t wait to go through this pad and order more!» —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $7.08.
26. A comprehensive travel journal packed with useful info for planning and documenting a trip.
It includes space for your travel wishlist, goals, visited countries, saving goals, continent maps to plot your journeys, currencies/socket types used around the world, perforated packing checklist, trip budgeting, monthly calendar planner, pre-trip planning, blank pages with inspirational quotes for sketching, traveller’s contact list, travel thoughts, accommodation review cards, and a back pocket to store your maps, itinerary, and business cards.
Promising review: «What a wonderful and precise item! Bought this as a gift for a friend and for myself. I’m able to bring it around to pre-plan my traveling and even document my memories on my travels.» —Josh
Get it from Uncommongoods for $38.
27. An aesthetically pleasing journal dedicated to your life goals (both short-term and long-term) and bucket lists
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