My Toolbox

Dear Analog about header

This is a look inside all the stationery I use personally at the moment. I am one of those people who tends to stick with something if it ‘ticks all the boxes’ so I tend not to change my tools very often.

Everything listed below is a product I currently use or have used in the past. Some of the links below may be affiliate links meaning if you end up buying the product or service after clicking the link I will get a small commission from it. The commission comes at no additional cost to you.

I only recommend products which I have experience with and have found to be a helpful or critical part of my work and play.

Let’s check out my tools!

Pilot Supergrip 0.5 Mechanical Pencil

A main stay in my analog setup. Don’t let its looks deceive you, although I actually like how it looks. These are well made, very cheap and easy to get your hands on. A must have in my opinion.

Buy Pilot Supergrip

Pentel Graphgear 1000

This is one of my all time favourites. It is extremely popular too and for good reason. It looks INCREDIBLE, has a wicked retractable nib system using the clip and really good price. You find it hard to find many mechanical pencils that beat it on looks, quality and price. You need this in your life.

Buy Pentel Graphgear 1000

Baron Fig Confidant

These notebooks are super nice and I use mine primarily as a sketchbook. The paper is nice and thick, it’s well made and the company are doing great things.

Baron Fig

Dixon Ticonderoga #2 wooden pencils

Certainly not the most glamorous and to be honest, frowned upon by many pencil fans. Now admittedly the quality is questionable and can vary from box to box. I still always have these handy and really like the weight and feel of them.

Buy Dixon Ticonderoga

Leuchtturm 1917 Pocket Notebook

I like to use a pocket notebook for the main reason that it is easy to carry. And I have yet to come across another that can take the pocket notebook top-spot. So until I find something better the Leuchtturm 1917 pocket notebook will remain my notebook of choice.

Buy Leuchtturm 1917 Pocket Notebook

Rotring 300 clutch/mechanical pencil 2.0

This is a new addition to my toolbox and wow it’s incredible. I love it! In typical Rotring style it is extremely well made, and feels really nice. Quite honestly, I think it is my favourite pencil of all time.

Buy Rotring 300 

Now how do I use them… Analog productivity!

The Calendex

This is an analog future planning system designed to help plan events when using a notebook. It keeps me on track and fits perfectly in my pocket notebook.

The Calendex

My Pocket Notebook setup

If you are interested in seeing how I set my pocket notebook up I have a post outlining just that. As I say above the pocket notebook is my productivity hub and keeps me on task…

My Pocket Notebook Setup

The Square of Done

I’ve labelled this as my ‘Analog Productivity Secret Weapon’. I hate migrating tasks and whilst I concede it does help memory wise to re-write them in your ‘today’ or ‘weekly’ spreads I feel it could be done better. The Square of Done is how I do it.

The Square of Done

And that’s it for now. I’ll do my best to keep updating this page and making it better.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions about my current tools (or have a tool you recommend) I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line on Twitter!