I like simple things that save me time or make my life easier. I’ve compiled a list of 5 simple items I use on a regular basis that make things just a little bit easier.
- Self inking stamp – It is a simple thing, but having a self inking stamp for signing checks and putting return addresses on envelopes is a huge time saver. They don’t have to cost a lot of money, but I would suggest avoiding the ultra cheap ones (less than $10). I started out with the cheapest I could find and it eventually fell apart. My second one was still under $20, but much better constructed.
- Smart Wallet – I recently replaced my wallet with this money clip. It holds bills and 4 credit cards. I’ve been very happy with it because it gives me everything I need in a much smaller package than what I had previously. It isn’t for everyone, but if you are a guy looking for a way to lighten your wallet, it is definitely worth checking out.
- Portable file folder – Several summers ago I purchased a zipable portable file folder when I was completing my residency requirement at Harvard. I knew I was going to spend a lot of time on foot and was looking for an easy way to organize all my papers. I’ve been using it ever since. It is a great way to organize bills or other lose papers and the fact it zips closed makes it easy to take on the road. It is big enough to hold a regular file folder, so you can easily use it to transport files without having to worry about spilling the contents.
- Pilot G-2 Gel Pen – In my opinion this is the best pen out there. I admit that I haven’t tried the Space Pen yet, but from a price stand point the G-2 is going to be very hard to beat. If you shop carefully you can get them in a 12 pack for less than a dollar apiece. I use to try to buy fancy ink pens, but I haven’t found anything that writes as well as this for what I need. Some people (particularly lefties) may not like it because the ink takes a few moments to dry, so there is some time where you can smear it if you aren’t careful.
- Belkin Concealed Powerstrip – This is a brilliantly designed powerstrip. There is a simple cover and cable routing system that allows you to wrap up any excess cable and keep them covered and out of view. I’m still using my Desk for your Desk system, but I’m considering getting another one of theses powerstrips to help keep things organized. It has 10 outlets on the inside, 4 are big enough to handle “wall wart” type powersupplies. It also has protection for phone, ethernet and cable connections. There is an additional outlet on the outside which is handy if you have some device you need to move around a lot. There is also a $300,000 guarantee against any electrical damage to any equipment plugged into the strip. If you haven’t seen this you should checkout the larger pictures from Amazon.
What is your favorite low tech item that makes your life easier? Please share any favorites in the comments.