I’ve come to a point in my life where I just can’t fit anything else on my desk. (See this post for my present system) Action is required! I’ve spent some of the day clearing up, some of it writing for Sunday and the rest looking at Life Hacker’s feature ‘Show us you bags’. I was looking for some tips on getting organised but this was much more entertaining! It’s interesting to see just what people end up carrying about. Some obviously think the world will end while they are on the bus to work so their bags are full of waterproof matches, fishing line and breath mints. Others have a more expected approach to their assault on urban life with PDAs, laptops and the now obligitary moleskine notebook.
So, what’s in my bag? Well I have 2 bags that I use regularly. One is a Gap rucksack that has loads of pockets and compartments, great for a conference or meetings. It cost £10 in a sale. This is my laptop bag, a Jansport messenger style bag with nice pockets for files.
Here’s what I carry:
My HP laptop – I take it for a day out quite often although less than I used to.
Power brick for laptop – the battery is almost dead (must get a new one!)
Cables – ethernet, USB for iPAQ, printer cable (not sure whyI have a printer cable)
iPAQ – serves as MP3/video player with a 4gb SD card and has all my contacts, diary, email and files I need for meetings. It has wi-fi so I can get my email on the move if I need to.
Sony noise cancelling earphones
Mobile Phone – Nokia N73 smart phone. Works most of the time and the camera is great for everyday random photos for blogging.
Sandisk Cruzer Titanium 1gb memory stick
A5 notebook – got a new one yesterday, nice black leather one.
Pens – bullet tip permanent markers, various white board pens, gel pens and a new Parker pen.
Business card holder & cards
Leatherman & bits – this only comes to events. I don’t like carrying it about as the two knives on it are very sharp! (and I’m fairly sure it’s illegal to carry a knife about here in Scotland – note: it’s illegal only if it is over 3inches ,which my leatherman isn’t, and you don’t have any real reason for needing one, which most of the time I don’t!)
And that’s about it I think. Add a book and perhaps a DVD for an overnight stay and my wallet and sunglasses and sometimes a bottle of water and that’s my life in a bag.
So, what’s in your bag?