Favorite Office Accessories that help with Productivity

My life is awesomely busy right now. How is it awesome?

Well I just figured if I put the word “awesome” in it would seem more fun and less work. Work is so good right now, I really am thrilled and trying to keep it all organized it a bit overwhelming so I wanted to share a few of my favorite productivity helpers that have been helping me keep sane.

I also noticed how reliant I was on these when it was 6 pm and I had yet to see the UPS man deliver my package from Staples!

The great drawer organizer

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Expanding Acrylic Drawer Organizer, $20 The Container Store

It’s clear and it also stretches in width. Something about clear makes it seem lighter when I open my desk drawer.

Never leave my side notebook/writing pad

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Cambridge Business Planner Notebook, $7 on Amazon

I use this notebook like a desk pad where I jot down reminders as I work.

There are two columns which I tend to need for immediate to do-list and eventually to-do list. Lately the time sheets for my clients are on the left side. I can’t imagine a notepad without two columns now! I always write on one side and then at the end of the day I make a big “X” in sharpie and start a new page.

Thick sticky note tabs

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Post-it Note Tab Labels, $5.49 on Amazon

They come in blue and green too – these are like cardstock sticky notes with a tab. I put these on sheets that need my attention like “Freely campaign” and it keeps my stack of papers organized so I can see what I can quickly grab. They also have lines on them so I can jot notes.

I’m addicted to these sticky pads!

The photo size Post-It

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Post-It Colors of the World Collection, 4×6 Bangkok, $6

Have you ever tried to search for a specific Post-It? Because if you did, you’d see endless pages on Staples and you’d be like, how can there be 150 different types of Post-Its? Oh, because there are! From sizes to colors and naming the colors after places (I’m a genuine sucker for that marketing, good play Post-It). I have regular to-do lists for my different clients too, I assign each a color and jot down the things I need to do. Yep, to-do lists are endless. Do they give you anxiety or do you love them? I have a love-hate for them.

And those are pretty much my desk helpers.

I just bought a new iMac 27″ Retina because my current 27″ is not helping me at all with giving me the color wheel when I have Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and LightRoom open at once. The life of a graphic designer/photographer/blogger. More power to the Turbo 4.2 GHz.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

1 Comment

  • Stephanie Young

    I’m a sucker for to-do lists, and when they get really long and overwhelming (like on the weekends) I sometimes write things down I’ve already done just to be able to cross it off. I think it makes me feel better and more accomplished, ha! Now I’m going to spend half my day gawking at the different post it options that I didn’t know existed!

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