Yes, today’s post is all about a topic that brings me an inordinate amount of happiness: stationery.
C’mon, who doesn’t love a brand new notebook or finding the perfect pen or a fresh stack of just unwrapped rainbow Post It Notes? Exactly.
While part of me feels a little worried that you might judge me for dedicating an entire blog post to the topic, I’ve come to realise more and more the impact that our happiness can have on our business success (and our wellbeing and our relationships and our perspective on the world…).
(BTW expect more on this topic soon.)
Getting amongst the newsagent stationery offerings was always the best part of the week in those final few days before a new school term would begin. The excuse to rummage through jars of pens testing out highlighters, fanning through new exercise books and spotless erasers was too good!
I’m not a stationery addict. I can easily walk past a newsagent or OfficeWorks without making a purchase… but I am a complete stationery SNOB. Like people on a quest for the perfect capsule wardrobe, I now keep my stationery stash whittled down to only the stuff I really, really like.
Case in point: I actually subscribe to AND READ newsletters from boutique stationery stores.
Another confession: I have bought premium stationery in almost every country I’ve ever visited. (If you’re feeling me right now and haven’t visited the Itoya store in Tokyo, book your flight. It’s an epic 8 storeys of stationary!)
Until a couple of years ago, I used to hoard elite stationery, but use cheap notebooks and ugly branded pens from whichever conference I’d been to most recently day to day. These days, I know life is too short to deny myself the pleasures of using the stationery I love to use every day.
I know there are a billion killer note taking/brainstorming/mind mapping apps out there but… I remain a big fan of pen and pencil on paper. Especially when I have a creative task (creating content, sequencing stuff for a new sales funnel, brainstorming ideas, or capturing stuff in client sessions etc), my preference is to use pen and paper rather than work off a screen. Somehow pen and paper quickly unlocks the parts of my brain I need for these types of tasks.
Read on for my obsessions:
Moleskine Journal with dot grid: I love everything about these notebooks, from the colour of the paper to the spacing of the dot grid (I’ve got VERY messy handwriting and often add little symbols/notes throughout my writing, so dot grids are my all time favourite), to the beautiful covers. Getting these bad boys embossed with my initials is probably one of the douche bag type things I do. I don’t even care. I bloody love ‘em.
The 5 Minute Journal: I’m a big BIG fan of this journal. I discovered it towards the end of last year and manage to complete it before I dive into work most days. It really does only take a few minutes and it’s a lovely way to reflect on my most important tasks for the day and set my intentions each morning.
The Productivity Planner: This is the planner I use every day to set my top priorities and track my progress. It’s so simple and easy to use. So good!
Rhodia Pad #38: I always keep one of these oversize grid pads under my desk, so it’s in easy reach when I want to map out something – or just want room to scribble – and my regular A5 notebook just won’t do.
Write Your Own Adventure Planner: I used this notebook as a paper calendar this year. Rather than appointments (which I keep in my google cal), I like to keep meeting notes, brainstorming sessions and content ideas here. It’s really beautiful, and I believe EmmaKate Creative has recently released her 2018 version.
Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils: Now this is a serious obsession; I am a pencil aficionado, In my perfect world, I’d only ever use Blackwing 602 pencils. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is I love so much about these wood-cased pencils: maybe it’s the special graphite, the shape, the exterior lacquer finish, or the number of legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners that have used Blackwings to create their masterpieces. They are stupidly expensive, but I really love that a simple writing pencil can actually be an example of refined quality and superior craftsmanship.
Artline Drawing System: I love using felt tip pens, and theses Artline ones are a current fave (the 0.8 is my preferred size – see, told you I was ridiculously picky!). I’m left-handed, and if you are too you’ll understand just how annoying it is when the pen you’re using smudges all over the page/your hand. Eugh! That’s why, even though my inner stationary snob loves ‘em, I can NEVER use fountain pens. Somehow the ink in these Artline bad boys doesn’t get everywhere. #lefthandedproblems
Uni Power Tank Eco Pen: These pens are made in Japan (I mean really, Japan is a stationary lovers paradise!). I go through so many ballpoint pens. I really like knowing that I’m using a pen made out of recycled materials.
Photos thanks to the lovely Lauren Campbell
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