I like dry-erase boards, cork boards, magnet boards, and keepsake boards with ribbon.
Give me notebooks, Bic pens, and file folders. Paper clips—especially those big X-shaped ones—push pins, and little tiny magnets shaped like cylinders that are super strong.
Do I need half this crap? No. Do I even own half of it? No. If I had all of those things would I use them? Probably not.
But I covet.
I hate shopping, but I could spend hours in the Target office supply section with all those pretty folders and eco-friendly binders. It’s almost as seductive as the book aisle.
I don’t use bookmarks to keep my place when I read, I use sticky flags. That way I know exactly which page and line I’m on. And you can tell when I’ve read a good nonfiction book because it’ll have dozens of colorful flags protruding from the pages. I like bookmarking on my Nook, but it’s just not the same.
For me, brainstorming works best on paper or whiteboard. There’s something about the movement of my hand that triggers better ideas. I think I also like that I can erase the whiteboard, so nothing is permanently recorded until I decide it’s worthy. That lack of permanence frees up my brain to go a little wild.
Someday I want the six-by-four, dual-sided dry erase board on wheels. My husband and I are in negotiations since my office is in our bedroom.
I don’t miss too much about my old day job, but I really miss my private-ish cubby with its huge desktop, two deep file drawers, a bookshelf, whiteboard, and unlimited yellow note pads (two sizes!) and pens.
I’m no Luddite. My whole life has revolved around computers and technology. I love my laptop, my extra monitor, my iPhone, and my Nook.
But sometimes a girl just needs a few sticky notes.
Do you have an odd obsession? Am I the only one who drools more over 3M products than Jimmy Choos?
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