Whether it is a favorite pen, stapler, vintage calculator, or maybe even a light bulb — we think there is a certain satisfaction to finding a particular brand or model of an item that works for you and sticking with it. It's a great feeling to know that no matter which pen, pencil, or book you grab it will feel the same, perform the same, and look the same. We've listed a few of our favorites that complement our home office tech setup after the jump…
The first is a pen that has been particularly useful. The Standford Uni-ball has a sleek, all-black body with silver clip and removable cap. The ink writes smooth but not so wet that it is easily smeared. Additionally, the pen's lifespan has been more than adequate for the cheap price of a buck each.
Next is the Pentel Twist-Erase Pencil. We like the value of a mechanical pencil since you don't have to continuously buy new ones and avoiding the need to have a sharpener around is also beneficial. Again, we like the simple design of the body. The grip is comfortable and the eraser does a surprisingly good job at cleaning up mistakes. At about $5.00 apiece, we like to keep one in the office and throw one in the bag for travel or school.
Finally, the Moleskine Volant Notebook is a flexible, elegant, and smart solution to note taking. They come in numerous sizes, ruled or blank, and many different colors. The paper isn't too bright and the rules are a light grey. The various sizes contain different qualities such as detachable pages and pockets for loose papers. Their prices range from $5.00-$10.00.
Standardizing your office space is certainly not the only way to approach your workflow. Some may argue "Variety is the spice of life!" We want to know how you feel. Is a grab bag full of surprises the best way to go? Or do you appreciate hunting down the perfect item and stocking up?