If you're serious about contesting, even casual contesting from a non-competitive home station:
Get rid of the note paper. Apparently, you've got a computer in there. With proper contesting software, you surely don't need a pencil or paper anywhere near you...the contesting programs provide "scratch paper" utility, via the keyboard.
For CW contesting, the contesting software also sends your entire exchange (and keys your rig to do it), so you don't need a key anywhere nearby. It will also call CQ for you, send sequential serial numbers, several "canned" (memory) messages (QRZ? QRZ test? etc.), so CW contesting is pretty automated already.
For phone, use a decent headset and VOX. The Gregoire headset for $44.95 is a good deal and sounds good on the air.
But by all means: If you have a computer in the shack and are using it for logging, learn to use it for everything else, too. When I operate a contest, I have a headset and a keyboard, that's it. Nothing else required (except maybe a monitor for the PC, contesting software, rigblaster interface, rig, amplifier, rotor control box, huge stacked antenna systems on tall towers, WX0B StackMatches, Dunestar filters...) Seriously, anything within "reach" other than your rig and keyboard will be distracting and definitely slow down the operation.
73 de Steve, WB2WIK/6