A Pencil for Your Thoughts
I used a pencil yesterday.
It was the first time I had used one in a long, long time. In fact the last time I probably used a pencil was to mark the wall when I wanted to hang a picture and needed to pinpoint where the nail should be placed.
As I followed the twitter stream of the HR Technology Conference last week and read numerous blog posts about the conference, I naturally thought about the shiny, nifty systems and gadgets that we use in an attempt to make our jobs easier. Needless to say, the road towards efficiency is littered with the carcasses of once-upon-a-time essential office tools:
- The pink “While You Were Out” telephone message pads. And the carousel message holder, with staff members’ names affixed, in which one deposited the scribbled telephone messages. (Note – adhesive stickers could be easily removed when Bob left the company and Janice replaced him).
- Carbon paper.
- The white ceramic envelope/stamp moistener. Complete with reservoir to hold water which splashed, evaporated, and ultimately became an office petri dish of living, frightening, organisms.
- Adding machines.
- The typewriter. And I’m not talking about those fancy ones with the data storage and built-in correction tape.
- The rubber finger tip.
While I send phone messages to colleagues via email and use self-adhesive postage stamps, I do admit to a continuing fondness for the Canon typewriter in our office. I find it much more efficient to type envelopes and labels on the Canon rather than walking to the shared printer, loading envelopes and labels manually (lack of trays), and then informing all my office mates to refrain from printing lest they want their documents to print on an envelope.
So I’ll take a #2. With an eraser please.
What are some of your favorite long lost office supplies/gadgets? Is there anything you continue to use (or do) that is totally old-skool?