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In our über connected digital worlds, sometimes there is great value in offsetting our electronic endeavours with some offline objects. Since we’re focusing on getting back to work, there’s no better setting for your analogue adventures than the office.

THE PEN

Being a bunch of pen-fundis here in the office, the Uni-ball PIN is one of the more remarkable writing implements we’ve come across. There’s no streaking and it starts writing when you do. 

R30, Sandton Stationery & Print.

THE CLOCK

Not the greatest productivity tool, as you might get mesmerized waiting for this clock to flip over. We know, because we were. 

R100, Typo.

THE NOTEPAD

Love writing on paper and reading on screen? Now you can do both with the ridiculously clever Evernote/Moleskine collaboration. It’s not exactly 100% analogue, but we couldn’t help ourselves. 

R330, Exclusive Books.

THE BOOK

Taking learning to the next level, the latest business bestsellers make great paperweights and desk stabilisers. Gladwell’s brilliant David and Goliath not only looks good on display, but is actually worth reading as well. 

R245, kalahari.net.

THE KNIFE

Equally efficient during hot lunches or hostile takeovers, this beautiful pocket blade from Balladeo will cement your reputation as the CEO not to be messed with. 

R500, Due South.

THE COFFEE 

Filling your workspace with the sweet scent of recently roasted beans not only stimulates creativity but also creates a social atmosphere. Did we mention caffeine is also a mild painkiller? Bodum Brazil French Press. 

R410, www.yuppiechef.com.

Written by Mynhardt van Pletsen. First appeared in TechSmart 125. Available to read or download here

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