My Work Hoarding Habits Are Getting A Little Out of Hand
I think I might need an intervention.
I don't know why I do this. I will never need to have this much. Really, all I need is one. But no, I have dozens. Of what, you might ask? Pens.
Those are just in one little bin on my desk in my office. I have more in the studio.
And there are MORE in my desk drawers. Why do I have so many? Do the pens find me? Am I somehow paranoid about losing a pen? And what do I even use them for? Taking transmitter readings. That's about it. I type up police reports, I write articles, I do production and stuff, but all of that is online. I type all the time. I only use a pen maybe twice a day.
So why?! WHY. Am I somehow afraid that I'm going to just be without one in a dire moment of emergency? I swear, if I bring them up front to the closet, they'll somehow find their way back to me. Really, all I need is one good pen, maybe a couple highlighters just in case, and a pencil. Again, though, not really necessary. Because it's not like I'm writing anything that needs an eraser.
Now back in the day, I needed a pen. Back when used to do more things on paper, of course you had to have a pen to sign off on it. But now... maybe it's time I faced up to the music and just let them go again. Maybe the sales department can use a few good pens! Well. Let's be honest, they probably don't. It seems like they have a problem with pens on desks, too.
What is our collective deal with this? Do you hoard anything at work that you don't need? Paper clips? Post it notes?