Surprisingly, the list hasn't actually changed that much over the years, and the number of items out of my entire collection that I use everyday is also surprisingly small.
- Bic ballpoint - Shocked to see this as the first item on my list? Well, despite the fact that I review all sorts of pens that are much better and more fun than this one, I also believe that there is still a place for the basic ballpoint. I do a lot of "rough" writing - morning pages, handwritten first drafts, brainstorming, notes to myself - and for these activities it helps me to use a pen and paper that I don't care about very much. It frees me to write without worrying about wasting a good pen or good paper on something that will probably be soon recycled or is less than quality work. I can scribble things out, rip out pages, doodle in the margins, and it's totally okay. It also means that when I do use a good pen on good paper I appreciate it even more. My current basic ballpoint is a Bic Ultra Round Stic Grip in blue, but for this I'll use whatever I find.
- My DIY planner - I wrote about my planner extensively a couple months ago, so I'm not going to go into details now, other than to say that this is my main tool to keep myself organized and to keep track of my goals and to-do lists. I could probably live without it, but I doubt that I would be as productive without it.
- Pilot FriXion Point 04 erasable gel ink pens - These are the pens that I use exclusively for writing with in the monthly and weekly planning sections of my planner. They are fine-pointed (0.4mm), which allows me to fit more writing into the small boxes in my planner, and they are erasable, enabling me to easily make changes to what I've written - something I do often. I'm currently using three different colours of these pens (blue, orange, and green), which also allows me to colour-code things in my planner.
- Sharpie Accent highlighter - I've had this highlighter for years but I've never used it as a highlighter. since the aqua blue colour (which doesn't seem to be available anymore) is too dark for me. I use it instead to check off items in my planner as I complete them - a simple but positive way for me to mark my progress.
- Staples Better Binder - I originally bought this binder to use at university, but now that I'm not a student anymore, I've started using it instead as my writing binder. I have sections for fiction, poetry, writing exercises, submissions, and more. While I do most of my writing on the computer, there are certain things that I only write by hand, so I keep the binder well-stocked with lined looseleaf paper.
- Mechanical pencil - I always have a basic mechanical pencil to use both for quick notes during the day and for writing in my writing binder. I'm currently using a Pentel Fiesta mechanical pencil, which is not very interesting but is sufficient for my needs.
That's it! Despite all of the diverse items that I have reviewed on this blog over the years, these six items are the only items that I actually use every single day. They're not glamorous, but they are the basics that I return to again and again. While I do own other supplies (such as the Pentel Slicci, Pentel EnerGel, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, Rhodia Webnotebook, etc.) that I love and use often, I do not use them every day.
What's in your daily arsenal? What basic supplies do you use every day, even if they're not necessarily fancy or impressive?