The best organization and productivity tools 2022

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Sometimes getting organized can feel like there’s no good place to start. Sometimes it’s time management. Sometimes this reduces clutter. Sometimes it’s about optimizing workflows. And sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the best method (for you) to keep things where you need them, when you need them. gets lost in the back of your spice cabinet.

If you don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. We asked our colleagues to fast business for suggestions for their favorite products to keep their households, travel routines, and work lives organized.

To work

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CGD London Daily Planner
I went through three of these notebooks. Sometimes I have so much brain fog that I wish someone would tell me what to do: what to eat, how to exercise, etc. This planner helped me organize my life. I take 15 minutes to fill out a two-page sheet every morning when I sit down at work using dedicated spaces for a to-do list, to jot down the three meals I plan to eat, to record expenses, to keep track of how many glasses of water I drank and how I plan to exercise. —Yasmin Gagné, Associate Editor

Yamazaki Hidden Cable Box
I have a minimalist glass desk which I love but it’s not a good match with all the cords from a router, desktop and monitor, laptop and chargers. This box keeps them all hidden. —April Mokwa, Executive Editor

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Mobile Pixels Duex Series Monitors
There’s no doubt that adding a monitor to your desktop setup is a huge upgrade. But when you travel or work elsewhere, you’re bound to switch to your laptop’s single screen. Mobile Pixels asks the question: what if we made this second screen available on the go? The company’s line of portable monitors – I have one of the Duex products which adds a single screen, but there’s also the Trio, which adds two screens to your laptop setup – use magnets to stay in place on your laptop and give you plenty of desktop space wherever you are. —David Salazar, Associate Editor

Paper-Like iPad Screen Protector
I use the versatile Goodnotes app to keep track of my schoolwork, both as an assistant and graduate student. Etsy is full of downloadable Goodnotes templates for sale, but even the world’s best and prettiest bullet journal layout can’t stop my writing from looking like limp garbage on an iPad. Paperlike is a subtle, easy-to-install screen protector that mimics the texture and look of parchment, giving your technical pencil something to grab hold of as you fill in each individual dot representing the cups of water you drank in one go. daytime. —Rachel Kim Raczka, Contributing Writer

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Minimalist Danish Kitchen Timer from Zone Denmark
It took me more than a professional decade to realize that I do my best writing in sprints. This means sitting down, cutting out all distractions, and zoning out for 30-45 minutes at a time, with short breaks in between. The primary distraction culprit is my phone, which means these nifty Pomodoro Technique apps are nothing more than a gateway to TikTok and text messages in seconds. So I use a plain old kitchen timer – mine is shaped like a fried egg, but this one is cute too – which sits on my desk. I can throw it up to a time limit and it silently drains away before bursting out with a deafening ring. —RKR

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Freedom
I pay $6 a month for Freedom, which restricts me from using Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and YouTube during work hours. It’s hard to get around on a laptop (even though I did it on my phone). Spending too much time on these sites makes me feel sick, like I’ve eaten too much candy. It’s a good way to eliminate distraction when you have no control over yourself. —JA

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Grammar bonus
Writing on the AI-powered writing app Grammarly gave me great anxiety; I try not to think about this story because I’m waiting for someone to call me about conjunction misuse. But I still use it regularly and recommend it to my students. It acts as a fail-safe to keep documents/notes tidy and also checks my work when I need another set of eyes. I like the in-browser app more than the plugin, but I definitely see the value of both for anyone who sends tons of emails or writes a lot of copy. —RKR

express-vpn
If you only do one thing to better protect your privacy online, start using a VPN. A virtual private network is a decades-old technology that was once primarily used by large corporations to allow employees to access their private intranets. Yes, there are free VPN services, but if you really want extra privacy, it’s worth paying for a service from a reputable company. We like ExpressVPN, a VPN service with an internationally tested no-logs policy. This means that when authorities requested ExpressVPN’s logs as part of an investigation, they were unable to turn them over because no logs were kept. —Michael Grothaus, contributing writer

House

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OXO POP Containers
I like to buy rice, grains and nuts from the bulk section of Whole Foods. So these containers are great for storing and stacking Tetris depending on what I use the most. -A M


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The Container Store acrylic spice racks
I love these clear acrylic spice racks from the Container Store. I use them in the kitchen, but also in the bathroom to hold all my skincare and hair products and keep them from spilling all over my sink. They hold up great and work with any decor. —Bobbie Gossage, editor

Mistana fabric basket
I use these storage bins for home workout equipment. It took me a long time to find one that was tall enough to hold yoga mats and foam rollers without them tipping over while being wide enough to hold everything else (weights, resistance bands and stretching, etc). —Amy Farley, Editor-in-Chief

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Standard Dose Therapy Workbooks: The Anti-Anxiety Workbook
Working from home exacerbated one of the worst aspects of my personality: my constant paranoia. I find it easy to obsess over a stupid comment I made on Slack, or a zit on my face on a Zoom call. I’m afraid an email I sent is wrong. When someone else is doing well, my first instinct is to worry about not doing enough. This thought pattern can derail me quickly. Every time I feel it coming, I open this notebook and fill out a two-page questionnaire based on cognitive behavioral therapy. It helps me reframe my thoughts and put them to bed in about 10 minutes so I can get back to what I was doing. —YG


Travel

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Troubadour Explorer Case Caboodle Tech
I am a woman with many bags and I use them interchangeably to transport my laptop from campus to the library, from my office to home. Having this cute, lightly structured tech case keeps all my cords, chargers, and other essentials (eye drops, extra masks, chewy ginger) neatly organized and easily accessible. The rule of thumb is that I will never forget my laptop, but I will most certainly forget my charger. Now I never do. —RKR

Eagle Creek Pack-It Revealing Cubes
I feel so blissful when I travel with my husband. He’s still rummaging through his bag, trying to find clothes, while I just choose the packing cube or folder of clothes I need: one for shirts and tops, another for my workout gear , yet another for socks and underwear, even one for cords and chargers. You get the picture. The key is to get squeezable, mesh cubes so you can actually see what’s inside. I swear by the Eagle Creek wrapping accessories, which come in a range of sizes and colors. Honorable mentions are given to the brand’s opaque, antimicrobial laundry and shoe packaging liners and bags. -A F

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Gravel Explorer Plus Toiletry Bag
Whenever I travel, I continually wonder if I’m forgetting something. The typical toiletry bag doesn’t help – finding something like tweezers usually involves throwing everything away and sorting through the pile. That’s why I love this gravel bag: it has no less than eight pockets, so each item can stay in its own compartment, and when you hook it up everything is visible at a glance. —Adele Peters, writer

Bag Studio Caraa
I swear by the millions and one pockets of Caraa’s Studio Bag. Every Caraa design has Inspector Gadget appeal, with methodically placed pockets, pouches and straps for (at the risk of sounding super cliche) whatever life throws at you. For me, the Studio Bag, a convertible backpack that converts to a duffle bag or a shoulder bag, is a must have for travel and on the go. I’m a size medium and it’s perfect for a change of clothes (including shoes), at least two screens, and plenty of protective pockets for my favorite in-flight toiletries. —RKR

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Cuyana System Tote
I spend most mornings working in a coffee shop, so I carry the tote fully loaded with my laptop and clutch. When I pick up my daughter after school, I leave the tote in the trunk of my car, but I carry the 6 x 9 inch pouch as a shoulder bag when I head to the playground. On weekends, I leave the laptop in its sleeve at home and fill the bag with snacks, water bottles, magazines, and bug spray for a day in the park. Since my wallet, keys and masks are always safe in the tote pocket, I never have to worry about forgetting them. —Elizabeth Segran, Senior Writer (read her full review)

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Cadence Capsules
I love these little honeycomb shaped containers. They’re magnetic, so they snap together to keep them secure, allowing you to stack as many as you need to take with you. I use pill dispensers for everything – vitamins (obviously) but also scoops of my heaviest face creams, extra bunches of Lashify and other tiny but imperative parts of my daily routine. —RKR

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