The common drinking straw can help make sure you always have a pen or pencil where you need it. All you need is a wide enough straw taped to your notebook -- voila! Pencil holder.The large straws that come with slurpies are ideal for this. The tip comes from The Daily Cafe (paid membership required). The picture pretty much says it all, but if writing in a notebook is too old school for you, you can probably adapt the idea by taping a straw to your tablet cover to hold a stylus.