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2022-10-05: Office Toy: Adding Machine, and How — and Why — To Use One Do you manage the household budget? Organize the household taxes? Maybe even have your own business? …

2022-09-30: Note to Self: Over-organizing Is a Great Way to Procrastinate Over-organizing is a great way to procrastinate. It gives your anxiety the sense that it is doing …

2022-09-23: Pssst: Fountain Pens and Inks Can Double as Art Supplies If you do venture into the world of fountain pens and inks, justify the cost by declaring yourself …

2022-09-23: Fountain Pens Are Physically Easier To Write With, Than Modern Pens If you think with paper and write a lot, consider using a fountain pen*. Modern pens strain your …

2022-09-16: How a Developer Uses Index Cards to Organize His Day Indie Hackers recently highlighted how founder Joe Masiolli organizes himself with index cards. …

2022-09-01: Simple Tools Foster Complex Uses Been thinking about an observation from @dwalbert, about a castle in France being built using only …

2022-08-26: Office Toy: Custom Rubber Stamps Analog offices cry out for rubber stamps, mostly because it is fun to use them. But they also earn …

2022-08-19: Scratch That Itch So many Zoom meetings this week! So much screen time! So much information to write up and organize …

2022-08-12: A Paper Zettelkasten System for Nonfiction Writers Okay, this post is serious inside baseball. If you’re interested in: A) keeping a paper …

2022-08-03: Working Papers: A Physicist, a Filmmaker, and Their Thinking Tools Tactile systems help people think. Richard Feynman, Physicist “You will have to brace …

2022-07-28: For me, this week’s felt like five or six weeks all at once; and it’s only Thursday! …

2022-07-18: I Am Not Buying That Rocker Blotter. No. I Am Not. A public service announcement for fountain pen friends: one piece of blotter paper might last you 20 …

2022-07-13: Making Paper Notebooks Useful: Tracking Your Topics Over Non-consecutive Pages and Over Multiple Notebooks Let’s say you have a notebook, with numbered pages, where you jot down your thoughts about various …

2022-07-07: Office Toy: The Silver Sharpie Pen Many useful plastic, metal, and fabric objects are made in dark colors, often black.* Silver Sharpie …

2022-06-29: Make Your Paper Notebooks Useful: Morning Pages I’ve been a practitioner of Julia Cameron’s morning pages for many years. (See reference notes below …

2022-06-23: Make Your Paper Notebooks Useful: Capture Your Ideas with a Capture Notebook My daughter worked at an entymology department when she was in college. Her job was to feed and …

2022-06-17: Make Your Paper Notebooks Useful: How to Set Up a Table of Contents or an Index Let’s nerd out about the difference between a table of contents and an index; and how we can use …

2022-06-07: Office Toy: The Automatic Numbering Machine Okay. So. This truly is an office toy for me. I didn’t NEED one of these. But when I was a child, I …

2022-05-30: Make Useful Meeting and Appointment Notes I use a paper notebook for meeting notes because I can’t focus on meetings if I use an electronic …

2022-05-30: Make Your Paper Notebooks Useful: Track Random Information with the Quadrant System The Quadrant system allows you to set up a paper notebook so that you can record random-ish bits of …

2022-05-27: Why Use Paper Notebooks? Like many people who love paper, I have waaay too many notebooks. (Yet also, never enough.) At some …

2022-05-18: Make Your Paper Notebooks Useful: Set the Table Way back in the 1900s, I did survey research. A major principle in designing a questionnaire is to …

2022-05-13: Office Toy: The Gen-X Slow Motion Recycle Bin. Whatever. I am artificially organized, not naturally organized; and it still gives me a frisson to find my …

2022-04-25: How to Instantly Cut Down Your Smartphone Use and Free Your Mind for Other Things Have you ever noticed when you check your phone for the time, you check a whole lot of other things …

2022-04-14: Find Your Tax-related Papers Quickly Remember the file jacket? Two of mine are on permanent assignment. They alternate, depending on …

2022-04-08: Tame Your Paper Piles with Stacking Trays Behold! I give you the Tower o’ Power, or, nearly all of my current office-related projects right …

2022-03-31: Reasons Why I Love My Landline Marketers, u can’t text this. Nobody has to charge it. No pop-up notifications. And if I unplug it, …

2022-03-17: Office Toy: the File Jacket Problem: You’ve got a little flurry of randomly-sized papers related to an upcoming project or …

2022-03-17: Hey, Let’s Talk About Death annahavron.com

2022-03-11: The office product testing team at Analogoffice.net World Headquarters inspects a new device. …

2022-03-03: Keep a Canonical Address Book OMG!!! Google and Siri know SO! MANY! PEOPLE! They know all the people my husband and I have ever …

2022-02-21: Office Toy: the Security Stamp A security stamp blacks out printed information. Why would we want to do that? Isn’t that …

2022-02-17: Your “Constants” Are What Give You Energy and Hope annahavron.com

2022-02-16: Cat Meets Manual Typewriter So, I found my husband’s old manual typewriter in the attic the other day. It needs a new ribbon, …

2022-02-14: It’s alive…. it’s alive …. it’s ALIVE!!!!

2022-02-10: Write and print out an operations manual for your smart house My father, who is in his eighties, is a retired systems engineer. Twenty years ago when he retired, …

2022-02-02: Three Reasons to Go Analog 1) To get away from screens. Being in front of a screen, for me at least, increasingly feels like …

2022-01-26: Office Toy: the A-Z Sorter Once upon a time I worked in a medical office, which was transitioning from paper records to …

2022-01-17: Is It Ours ...Or Just Yours? How Analog Cheat Sheets Empower Everyone My husband has a day job, but he is also a musician. When he meets other musicians, they go into …

2022-01-13: Office Toy: the Date Stamp I like to have the date on just about everything I write. My master calendar and task tracking apps …

2022-01-05: An analog cure for brain freeze: the wallet card Many years ago, when cell phones had keyboards and our family had the luxury of owning one cell …

2022-01-04: Analog twitter.

2022-01-03: New Year, another blog. Analog Office is my digital love letter* to analog office supplies and organizing methods. I love …

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