I love stationery.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already know this and if you don’t, you should (@mackenzie_lian).
Highlighters, pens, planners, sticky notes, you name it I own it and I’ve got a particular problem when it comes to notepads. I literally cannot stop buying them.
There’s method in my madness though. There’s something that about buying new stationery that gives me a real kick up the bum when it comes to being productive. When the laptop lid shuts, the virtual to-do list disappears with it but the paper one you made, colour coded and sticky noted as back-up will be right there to remind you what needs to get done like the second boss you never asked for.
Stationery’s definitely a trendy thing right now though which means a lot of the stuff on sale has been designed with Instagram rather than organisation and practicality in mind.
As someone who’s a massive fan of both, I thought I’d narrow down my stationery collection to the very essentials and show you the pieces I couldn’t function without and how they help me to stay organised.
Homesense Ring Bound Diary
There’s literally nothing better for your organisation than a good old-fashioned diary. Yes, I have the iPhone one and yes, it works to a certain extent. Mostly it just reminds me to go to my Spanish class on Thursday evenings though.
The irony is that I couldn’t find my diary when it came to taking photos for this post, hence why it’s missing, but in general, it’s something I find really useful for planning ahead. Being able to see my whole month’s schedule means I can easily see where I have gaps in my calendar to take on new projects. Once I’ve made a plan, I’ll block out however many days I need to work on it. For me, that means there’s no going back. I’ll be damned if I have to cross something out in the painfully neat pages of my diary!
Paperchase Zebra Notebook
As I said before, notebooks are my real obsession. I probably do have too many, even for a freelance copywriter, but writing things down is just how I learn/ remember things. This zebra pattern notebook was a present from Paperchase and it’s one I’ve got a lot of use out of already. The hardback cover means it’s going to last me longer than most and it’s also lined which helps to keep things looking organised – a must for a neat freak like me. I’ve been using this for taking notes on a digital marketing course I’m doing at the moment. It’s a lovely, good quality book I know I’ll come back to again and again.
Sostrene Grene Sticky Notes
On the opposite side of the scale, are my sticky notes. I’ll take the time to write notes I know I’m going to keep but a good 80% of my life is spent scribbling random thoughts, notes and reminders down on the nearest piece of paper which is where these green fellas come in. I tend to stick high priority tasks around my laptop screen. It’s where I spend almost all of my working day so it’s pretty impossible for me to forget about them.
Etsy To-Do List
I know, I know, another form of notepad, I told you I was obsessed. In my defence though, this one has its own, specific purpose. I love a good list and this makes making one simple. It’s even got little check boxes at the end of each line that you can tick once you’ve completed something.
My life was quite literally changed forever with the discovery of pastel coloured highlighters. It’s no secret that I don’t do colour but what I do do is organisation and underlining, bolding and highlighting are all essential parts of my process. The colour coordination, or lack thereof, is so satisfying to look at but it’s also super handy when it comes to going back over your notes. It makes certain topics, clients or projects a lot easier to find later down the line.
Polka Dot Pencil case
A pen pot’s all well and good. When you work in a shared office 9-5 like I do, things tend to go mysteriously missing though. Not only is a pencil case a great way to deter the pen thieves, it’s also portable meaning I can work from any café, office or sofa I want to. This polka dot one was another Sostrene Green purchase and I’m pretty sure it was only a couple of pounds.
So there you have it, my stationery essentials but in reality, just a small glimpse at my unnecessarily large collection.
Which stationery bits and bobs could you not live without?