Essential tools for This PhD student:
- Books. Many of them. There should never be fewer than thirty books on one’s desk at any time.
- Moleskine notebook(s). Odd pages numbered; running table of contents regularly updated in the back, clearly labelled on spine.
- Yellow legal pad(s). Necessary for jotting thoughts and making Research and/or Writing Schedules.
- Research and/or Writing Schedule. Kept posted above desk. Updated for each section and/or chapter.
- Ring binders.Several of these, preferably one for each primary text, are necessary for filing articles.
- Assorted folders. Helpful for carrying drafts of chapters around or photocopies back from the library.
- Accordion file. For filing drafts of previous chapters.
- Plenty of coloured pens. Must have quality ink. Colours preferred: blue, black, red.
- Additional liquid-ink pens. Preferred colours: green and black.
- Mechanical pencils. Must have effective erasers.
- Post-it notes. For notes to self and daily to-do lists.
- Headphones. With which to listen to music without disturbing one’s officemates.
- Mug. For tea or water.
Additional, Optional items that are Helpful to Have:
- Slippers. For when one wears welly boots into town or one’s shoes are uncomfortable.
- Blanket. For when the office is cold.
- Laptop stand. With built in fan, to keep one’s laptop running efficiently at a pleasant angle.
- Back pad. To improve one’s posture while sitting at one’s desk.
- Snacks. Essential for long hours and rewards for working.
- Toys. For adding a personal touch to one’s desk, and to play with when no one is looking.
- &tc. Other items at one’s discretion.