Perfecting your desk set-up can be either an essential part of organising your work – maximising productivity and making work more enjoyable – or a fantastic excuse to procrastinate. Even if it’s the latter, the allure of new stationary – the renewed creative energies it promises to engender; the optimism of starting a fresh notebook – could be just the inspiration you need.

Whether you cover your office in post-it notes like Will Self, need an orderly desk in a room of one’s own, like Virginia Woolf, or are content with a notebook and pencil, as John Steinbeck was, there are some essentials that cannot be done without. Here Port runs you through our selection of the best office equipment to make your work better, your desk more attractive, and your colleagues envious.