What work tools do you keep close to you?

Chuck Green, the brilliant graphic artist and more, recently discussed (in a newsletter) the work tools he keeps close to him. They are:

  • a card with fraction to decimal conversion chart
  • a list of words I chronically misspell
  • a Field Notes Calendar
  • a Moleskine notebook
  • a stack of lined 3×5 cards
  • a pad of Bienfang Parchment Tracing Paper
  • a Rolodex that I look at once every couple of months …and so on.

This got me thinking about what my work tools are. Whether online or physically, I have a dictionary and thesaurus, followed by Chicago Manual of Style, The Gregg Reference Manual, and the AP Stylebook. I also keep a red pen close by. And when I’m at my desk, I have an OTT-LITE to brighten my hard copy. Finally, I have a small cat that insists on curling up on my lap and snoozing while I’m working. Which is fine unless I’ve a project with many papers on my desk and the need to move frequently.

What about you?

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