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Here at WebWorkerDaily, we understandably spend rather a lot of our time talking about technology: The gadgets and software that enable web working. But what about the tools that many of us rely on every day that aren’t “tech”?

Here at WebWorkerDaily, we understandably spend rather a lot of our time talking about technology: The gadgets and software that enable web working. But what about the tools that many of us rely on every day that aren’t “tech”? For example, I still have a landline phone (although I use it increasingly infrequently), I couldn’t do without a notepad and pencils for jotting stuff down and doodling ideas, even though I have excellent note-taking apps on my iPhone and Macbook, and I have an old-fashioned filing cabinet right next to my desk, despite the fact that most of communication is now electronic. I’m curious as to what “old school” tools other web workers rely on. So, what “non-tech” tools do you use?

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  1. steviemorrow Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    Couldn’t do without my moleskine notebook and a decent laptop bag (http://uk.tumi.com/t-tech-by-tumi/view-all-t-tech/)

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  2. Like Stevie has just said, I would be lost without my Moleskine notebook. Ultra fast boot time and a battery that lasts all day whilst weighing next to nothing and fitting in my pocket.

    And also like Stevie, my Tumi laptop bag has been around the world far to many times in the last five years and still looks like new

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  3. I still have a 5″ x 3″ card box for passwords.
    I keep burning out laptops, so I’m glad I made the choice to use cards.
    I like scribbling notes in an A4 diary too.
    Don’t use an online diray at all.
    Social media has enough of my life !

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  4. I don’t need a special notebook of any sort, but I do find myself very picky about pens. I always have a good (thoughtfully chosen) pen and paper handy, especially when I need to solve a problem or carefully consider details.

    I also have a plastic clipboard with storage on-board for documents and pens. It comes in handy every day for meetings.

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    1. I’m similar to you, Chris — I don’t mind about the type of paper I use, but I like to have a decent pen. Doesn’t have to be super-expensive, but not a cheap Bic.

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  5. My favorite non-tech tool is the Shirt Pocket Briefcase from Levenger. Plain old 3×5 cards would be almost as functional in the same way that a twenty-five cent note pad would be almost as functional as a moleskine (which I always keep a supply of on hand). The Shirt Pocket Briefcase lets me sort 3×5 cards and keep them sorted; I can easily write notes while holding it in my hand while standing; my notes are later filed in a card box. It sure doesn’t hurt that it is a very nice looking item in my shirt pocket with a fountain pen. I paid a few dollars more to have my initials embossed in it.

    On my disk is a note pad (top spiral bound) that gets used for just about everything when I’m at the desk.

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  6. Black & Red A4 spiral bound hard backed note book loaded with graph paper and some colored pens. Doesn’t get better when I want some time away from my PC and do some random acts of brainstorming.

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  7. There is no such thing as a ‘non-tech tool.’

    It’s like asking which air-free atmosphere you breathe.

    Well, actually, there might be one non-tech tool: One’s mind.

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    1. I thought it was a fair distinction, but maybe I should have said “old school” instead :)

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  8. I have a plastic three drawer caddy that sits on my desk to keep things I sometimes use out of my every-day way. Things like tape, scissors, spare batteries, extra memory cards, chapstick :)

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  9. I would be lost without my bright yellow highlighters

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  10. A notebook, a great pen and full color sticky notes which I’m addicted to.

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    1. I’m surprised more people haven’t mentioned sticky notes, Amir — I would have thought they would be one of the most popular choices.

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    2. Same with amir, plus small white board to list things that need to be done

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