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Watercolor tulips created with Zebra Metallic Brush Pens

How to Create Watercolor-Inspired Tulips Using Zebra Metallic Brush Pens

Hello, I’m Krystal of Love Letters at Dawn. I am an Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pen USA, a lefty letterer, and watercolor artist hanging out in beautiful New Mexico. I’m here to show you how to create a gorgeous spring tulip watercolor painting using a few awesome Zebra pens!

Metallic Brush Pen assortment and a watercolor brush

Watercolor Tulip Materials:

To begin your watercolor tulips, you will need:

Zebra Pen has a wide variety of colorful tools for you to use. Today, I’m going to be using the Metallic Brush Pens, which come in 7 magical colors. I’ll be using the purple metallic, pink metallic, and the green metallic colors.

I will complete the painting by using the Zensations Technical Drawing Pens that come in a 6-pack that include six different pen sizes. I’m using the size 0.5 and the 0.3. I chose these pens because the Metallic Brush Pens are water-resistant but move so well when you add a few splashes of water. I will add the final touches using the Zensations Technical Drawing Pens that add depth to the tulips! Let’s begin!

 

Flower outlines drawn with Zebra Metallic Brush Pens

Step 1: Creating the basic tulip shapes

Begin by making a few outline marks with your pink and purple Metallic Brush Pens. The goal is to create the basic shape of the tulip petals. You will be adding water to these outlines, so they do not need to be perfect. Feel free to get creative and let your Metallic Brush Pen flow. You can create different strokes by applying pressure at the start of the stroke for thicker lines and releasing at the end for thinner strokes.

 

Watercolor tulips

Step 2: Add water for a watercolor effect

After you have the basic shape of your tulips, wet your paint brush with a small amount of water and begin to push the pigment from the Metallic Brush Pens about. Work from the bottom of each tulip petal to the top. Keep the base of the tulip darker than the tips of the petals. Flowers are all unique and it’s their imperfections that make them perfect.

 

Watercolor tulips with stems with Metallic Brush Pens beside it

Step 3: Add stem and leaves to your watercolor tulips

When you’re satisfied with how the tulip petals are drawn and painted, you can then draw the stems and leaves using the green Metallic Brush Pen. Keep these free-flowing and fun. I always try to imagine how tulips look in a bouquet or in a vase. I love how there is usually one flower that droops. Then, practice the technique we used earlier when adding the water to the petals by adding water to your brush and softening the stems and leaves.

 

Watercolor tulips with detail

Step 4: Add outlines and details to your artwork

This last step happens to be one of my favorites. This is where we add the details to the tulips to make them stand out. One of my favorite Zebra Pen products is the Zensations Technical Drawing Pens. You can use these with watercolor without any worry of the ink running. Be as creative as you like. I like to add lines to where I drew the petal outline in the beginning, outlining the stems, adding depth to the leaves, and moving all about the painting to create wispy lines.

I hope you find this watercolor-inspired tutorial helpful and that it inspires you to use your Zebra Pen products in new and exciting ways. For more art inspiration, check out Sandra Strait’s tutorial on How to Draw a Fennec Fox with Zebra Metallic Brush Pens.

Work tips beside a black Zebra G-350 Gel Retractable Pen

5 Steps to Managing Your Time More Effectively

Do you ever feel like 24 hours is no where near enough time to complete all the things you have on your plate? You aren’t the only one. It seems like everyone feels that way at some point—which is why managing your time can be a huge relief and help give you back some much-needed hours to your day. Here are five simple steps that can you help you start planning and executing your days more efficiently.

1. Audit Your Time

The first step to managing your time is figuring out where it is all going. After all, some daily tasks may be taking up more time than you may even realize. For example, you might think you’re spending just one hour of your day responding to emails and phone calls—but in reality, it’s two or three hours each day. It’s time to slow down, reflect, and record your daily activities. Analyze a few days at a time by starting a journal and recording what activities you’ve worked on and for how long. This will allow you to see where you are spending most of your time and where you may need to shift gears.

2. Use a To-Do List

To-do lists are the easiest way to manage your time daily. Begin by writing down all the tasks you have on your plate, and then prioritizing by level of importance and due date. For larger tasks, it’s important to break them down into smaller, more manageable steps that you can more easily fit on a to-do list. After all, nothing is more satisfying than physically checking off your list. Choose a pen you can rely on and that eludes style, like the G-350 Gel Retractable Pen. It uses Zebra’s Rapid Drying Gel Ink Technology, which means despite how fast you’re crossing off those tasks, it won’t smear or smudge. The G-350 or all-metal STEEL F-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen can help empower you to Choose Different. A to-do list ensures you don’t miss any details or steps. You’ll save time in the long run by organizing your tasks and keeping focused on the priorities first.

3. Create Daily Habits

Is there something that you do almost every day for work, like writing or reading? Take these tasks and turn them into daily habits. If you write a lot for work, take time each day to write a few hundred words even when you don’t have anything due. You’ll be providing your brain practice on this task and will be able to do it more easily and quickly when you have a pressing deadline.

4. Box Your Time

The hardest part of managing time is feeling like you don’t have enough time to complete every task. When planning out your day, assign each task a specific length of time to work on or complete. By planning this out in advance, it allows you work more efficiently and focus on the task at hand. Just remember—this practice is not meant to stress you out if you go over your allotted time for a task. Instead, it is meant to help create discipline and help you stay focused.

5. Get Sleep

While this might seem out of place on this list, sleep tends to be the one thing people sacrifice most often in order to get more time out of their day. You need sleep in order to be alert and focused during the day. Cutting back on sleep by even one hour or two can make it difficult to give your best during the day. This can hurt yourself and your productivity. Set a bedtime, stick to it, and make it a daily habit.

Managing time is something everyone struggles with. It can be hard to get a grasp when you feel like you are drowning in work. Using these tips will be help you manage your time more effectively and get more out of each and every day. For more tips on managing work stress, check out 6 Ways to De-stress After Work.

How to Get Started with Bible Journaling

While recording thoughts and revelations in a bible is nothing new, the tradition is witnessing a revival through bible journaling and illustrated faith art. Simply searching the hashtag, #BibleJournaling on Instagram will cause hundreds of thousands of beautifully illustrated bible pages to pop up. And, while these examples can help inspire your own ideas, it can also make starting your own journal feel a little daunting at the same time.

It’s important to remember that at its core, bible journaling is truly about reading the bible and noting the insights that help you personally learn and grow, and then journaling it in an artistic way unique to you. Here are some tips to help you get started on your illustrated faith voyage.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Type of Bible Format

To begin bible journaling, you first need to find your desired bible format to record all of your thoughts and insights. While you can opt to use a traditional bible, this format typically uses very thin pages which can potentially cause pens to bleed-through the paper. In addition, standard bibles tend to have very thin margins, which is not ideal if you want to focus your creative endeavors to the side.

There are also several journaling bible brands that offer products with thicker pages, extra wide margins, and guides to color and paint. If you choose not to write or draw directly in your bible, you can also record everything in a separate notebook or journal, which gives you the freedom to do whatever your artistic side desires.

Mildliner Highlighters fanned out

Step 2: Get Artsy with Bible Highlighters and Pens

Once you know where you’ll be recording your insights, it is time to gather the rest of your supplies. These supplies can include anything from bible highlighters, colored pens, stickers, watercolors, to sticky notes and paperclips. You can even opt to give your bible a multimedia effect or create a minimalistic aesthetic.

The Zebra Pen Mildliner Double-Ended Highlighter & Creative Tool is the perfect bible journaling highlighter because it comes in 25 soft, pastel colors that won’t bleed through bible pages, even if you opt for a standard bible. Unlike bright, fluorescent highlighters, Mildliner Highlighters are carefully curated to include mild hues that let highlighted text stand out without making it difficult to read.

The chisel tip of Mildliner Highlighters is ideal for highlighting, while the fine tip gives you the freedom to doodle in the margins. Plus, these highlighters are aesthetically designed on the outside, featuring a sleek, white barrel and convenient pocket clip that quickly identifies which color you’re using. If you’re looking for something brighter and more traditional, try the Zebrite Double-Ended Highlighters. It also won’t bleed through pages and provides a flash of fluorescent color so your favorite verses are easier to find.

For bleed-free and smudge-proof notes, the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen is the perfect bible journaling pen. It is available in 37 colors and in three finishes including milky, shiny, and vibrant. It also features water-based pigment ink that is acid-free and permanent. Reach for the Sarasa Clip Pens to help you organize your notes and insights.

Step 3: Pick a Verse and Get Creative

Now that your supplies are ready, you’re ready to jump in. The best place to start bible journaling is to pick a verse that is familiar and that you feel inspired by. Read the verse out loud, reflect on its meaning, and select the keywords that help relay its message.

Then, sketch out your idea. This can simply mean highlighting verses, creating a graphic representation, or translating its meaning in your own words in the margins in calligraphy or your own handwriting. Take your sketch or notes to the next level by adding accents of color, doodles, or scrapbooking multimedia pieces on the page. Once you are finished, mark the page with a bookmark so you’re able to come back to it at a later date.

Step 5: Keep it Unique

Your bible journal is a place for you to reflect on the biblical verses and your interpretations of them. Your bible journal will not look like anyone else’s—and that is what makes it truly great. It is meant to be unique and personal to you and your experiences, and not a duplication of other people’s work. You can take inspiration from other journals and translate them into your own style.

When beginning your own bible journal, remember to have fun with it. Try different techniques, add calligraphy or personal handwriting, highlight important sections, or even start a color-coding system so you know what you reflected upon with each verse. Use the tips above to get started and enjoy the journey.

 

 

Mildliner Highlighter against bright colors

Why Mildliner Highlighters Live Up to the Hype

Originating in Japan, the Zebra Pen Mildliner Double-Ended Highlighter & Marker has quickly gained a cult following in the U.S., especially in the bullet journaling and study-gram communities. Inspired by Japanese design, the pastel-colored ink and clean, sleek design have made these highlighters the perfect companion for artists and students alike. While some hyped-up products can be disappointing, here is why the Mildliner Highlighters live up to the hype.

Mildliner Highlighter swatches

Soft Colored Ink

Unlike other highlighters on the market that come in bright and fluorescent colors, Mildliner Highlighters are carefully curated to include an array of soft, pastel colors. With this milder color range, you’ll able to add a splash of color to your bullet journal and make highlighted text standout without making it difficult to read. Let’s be honest—milder colors also prevent your work from turning into an eyesore.

The Mildliner Double-Ended Highlighter & Marker is available in 25 unique colors, including five different 5-pack color sets: Warm color, fluorescent, soft mild, refresh, and friendly.

Double-Ended, Dual Tips

Two is better (and more creative) than one. Mildliner Highlighters feature a traditional chisel tip on one end, and a fine point tip on the other, making it the perfect double-tasking tool for whatever your next project requires. The chisel tip is best used for highlighting notes and adding lines in a bullet journal. The fine tip is a work horse for smaller details, outlines, writing, or even adding a colored shadow to hand lettering.

Planner with Mildliner Highlighters beside it

Aesthetic Design

The packaging and product design of the Mildliner Highlighters is just as visually stunning as the soft, mild colored ink hues. Inspired by a minimalistic, Japanese design, Mildliner Highlighters feature a sleek, white barrel and a convenient pocket clip that helps you quickly identify the ink color. These highlighters are light and thin, making them the perfect size to take on-the-go in a pencil case.

If you don’t want to use a pencil case, the clear plastic pouch doubles as a storage system, allowing you to easily transport and share with friends. The clean and simple design of Mildliner Highlighters will be the perfect complement to your creative designs.

Ink Quality

Aside from the color range differentiation, the Mildliner Highlighter ink is formulated to show up softly and translucently on paper, making it perfect for layering and blending colors. It also won’t bleed through paper pages or become streaky.

Mildliner Highlighters fanned out

Multiple Uses

While Mildliner Highlighters are great for traditional highlighting, the wide variety of colors are perfect for color coding notes, scrapbooking, and other creative applications. They are an ideal choice for creating elegantly-designed bullet journal spreads, ranging from cover pages to habit trackers. Mildliner Highlighters can also be used to de-stress in an adult coloring book or to create faux calligraphy with the fine tip end. From task lists to calendars, monthly goals, and mood trackers, Mildliner Highlighters will enhance your creative designs and allow you to create your artistic project exactly the way you envisioned it.

Between the pastel ink, minimalistic design, and endless uses, it’s no wonder Mildliner Highlighters have a cult following. For more creative inspiration, check out the latest addition to the Mildliner brand collection from Zebra Pen: Mildliner Double-Ended Brush Pen.

Umbrella-themed bullet journal habit and mood tracker

How to Create a Habit and Mood Tracker in Your Bullet Journal

By Kylie Kreimeyer of @bujo.kylie

Hi everyone! Kylie here from @bujo.kylie, and I’m going to show you step by step how to create your own themed habit and mood trackers using Zebra Pen products!

As a journaler, I use habit and mood trackers daily. These trackers help reveal patterns in my moods and behaviors that allow me to notice triggers, develop healthy habits, and improve my general wellbeing, turning even bad days into colorful works of art. So, let’s get started!

 

Bullet journal supplies

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

First thing’s first, gather your supplies. For this tutorial, you will need Zebra Zensations Technical Drawing Pen, Zebra Sarasa Fineliner, Zebra Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter & Creative Tool, and, of course, your favorite journal or sketch book.

This was my first experience with the Zensations Technical Drawing Pen, and can I just say, it’s my new go-to, period! The nib has the perfect amount of friction on the paper. After all, I personally don’t like a nib that is too slippery. As a lefty, I also need ink that dries fast to avoid accidental smudges. The Zensations Technical Drawing Pen ticks every box! The Mildliner Highlighters are a favorite amongst the bullet journaling community. Between the color variations and different nib options, you can add color to any and all of your creations. Plus, the Sarasa Fineliner markers add the perfect touch of detail!

Step 2: Choose a Theme and Draft in Pencil

Next, you’re ready to choose a theme and draft your layout. For March, I chose a theme of umbrellas! I decided I wanted to track my moods with tiny umbrella doodles, and track my habits using small calendars, decorating the page with more small umbrellas to match.

Using pencil first is optional⁠—after all, not everyone needs to make a rough draft. Personally, I lay out every spread in pencil first. Using pencil can help you avoid simple mistakes and misspellings. It was particularly helpful when I was trying to fit 31 tiny umbrellas on one page! Make sure you leave space for headers, and a key for your mood tracker. Once you’re ready to use pen, you can dive in confident that your trackers will look exactly as you pictured them.

 

Hand holding Zebra Zensations Technical Drawing Pen

Step 3: Outline with Zebra Zensations Technical Drawing Pen

Now that you’re happy with how you’ve laid out your trackers, it’s time to bring them to life with the Zensations Technical Drawing Pens! The 6-pack of Technical Drawing Pens come in an assortment of point sizes, including 0.1mm, 0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.4mm, 0.5mm, and 0.8mm.

For this monthly spread, I first used the 0.1mm nib for each doodle. To make my doodles stand out, I then traced the outlines with a slightly larger nib. For the smaller mood tracker doodles, I used a 0.3mm nib to outline. For the larger doodles on the habit tracker and 8×8 tracker boxes, I used a 0.5mm nib.

You can label your mood tracker doodles with corresponding days of the month if you like to know exactly what feelings happened on which days. I use mine as a day-to-day accountability system to make sure I’m not ruminating on bad days, so a general overview of my moods works perfectly for my needs.

 

Drawing layout of a mood and habit tracker in a bullet journal spread

Step 4: Add Shade

Alright, now you’re ready to make your doodles pop. Here’s a quick pro tip I wish I’d learned earlier—a little gray shading adds depth and makes your doodles jump right off the page! For habit tracker boxes, it’s easiest to use the Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter & Creative fine bullet tip. For everything else, shade with the gray Sarasa Fineliner. First, pick which direction the light is coming from in your design. Wherever the light wouldn’t hit is where you add your shading.

 

Zebra Mildliner Double Ended Brush Pen and Sarasa Fineliner Marker

Step 5: Add Headers & Color Where Needed

The next step is to add your headers, and color wherever it is needed using Mildliner Highlighters and Sarasa Fineliners. First, add the headers. I used the bullet tip on the Mildliner Highlighters to letter the titles pictured. Then, I outlined all my lettering with Sarasa Fineliners.

Next, add color where it’s needed. For mood trackers, try to pick a distinctly different color for each emotion when filling out the key. This will help to avoid confusion if you have to reference the mood tracker later on. For habit trackers, it helps to highlight the titles on each box so you can quickly fill it out. I like to use alternating colors to add a little distinction between boxes.

 

Completed habit and mood tracker spread in a bullet journal, surrounded by an array of Zebra Pens

Step 6: Fill it out!

You did it! Your themed mood and habit trackers are ready for the month. Just fill out one doodle per day with the colors corresponding to the moods you felt. For the habit tracker, just fill one dot per habit each day corresponding with the completion of that habit.

Time to watch your pages fill with color throughout the month! I hope this has helped you to create your own themed mood and habit trackers. For more tracker and bullet journaling inspiration, check out my Instagram Page at @bujo.kylie and head to Shannon Hakala’s blog post on 3 Ways to Use a Bullet Journal to Stay Active.

G-350 pen with notebook

Digital Detox: 7 Ways to Disconnect and Recharge

Technology is everywhere—from countless social media platforms and new shows to binge watch, to the tools we’re expected to interact with each day as students and professionals. All too often, it can seem like technology is inescapable. While technology offers many benefits, it can also be mentally and emotionally draining. Check out our tips for disconnecting and recharging your mental batteries with a digital detox.

1. Flip a Page

Once you leave your phone behind, you’ll quickly realize just how much time you spend scrolling the latest social media trends on Instagram and playing Candy Crush. It may even leave you wondering how to pass the time. Before you begin your tech-free time, head to a library or bookstore and find a few books. Spend this extra time diving in between the pages of a book and get lost in a different world. It will help stimulate your brain without all the blue light noise.

2. Write it Down

Starting a daily journal is not only a perfect way to pass more time wisely—but can help document your digital detox experience. Write about how it feels to be disconnected when you first start your detox and then how you feel at the end of it. Using the right pen will help make this experience even better. The Sarasa Grand Retractable Pen is sleek and features quick drying gel ink that glides across the page. For a more durable writing experience, try the G-350 Gel Retractable Pen, which features three fashionable colored barrels and a metal clip—so you’ll never lose your favorite pen.

3. Work it Out

Whether you want to escape for a few hours or a few days, getting outside is the perfect destination away from the temptation of technology. Take a walk or hike through nature to clear your head and refocus your mind—just make sure to leave the phone (and earphones) at home. Nature is one of the few technology-free places that exist and can be soul healing if you let it.

4. Out of Sight

“Out of sight, out of mind” is one of the easiest ways to disconnect. Stash all of your tech devices away somewhere you won’t be able to physically see it, like in a closet or dresser drawer. Then, fill your day with technology-free activities. Before you know it, you will be focused on everything else and you won’t even remember that your phone isn’t at your side. Putting away these devices at least once a week can help keep you from feeling burnt out and overstimulated.

5. Time to Shut Down

Like a trusty guard dog, your phone probably rests right next to you every night when you go to sleep. However, this practice can have negative consequences. Studies have shown that blue light tricks your brain into thinking it is daytime, making falling asleep more difficult. To avoid this, put away your phone two hours before your bedtime. Aim to incorporate this practice into your daily routine for maximum results—just make sure you purchase an old school alarm clock so you don’t oversleep. Soon enough, you won’t even miss the mindless scrolling before bed.

6. Let People Know

If you plan on digital detoxing for more than a few hours, make sure to let those closest to you know that you are going off the grid. This way, those who love you won’t be panicking when you don’t answer your texts for a few days. Plus, if there is an emergency, they will know to contact you in a different way. It will also allow you to enjoy your tech-free time without worrying about who may be trying to contact you. You may even inspire those closest to you to take some time to disconnect, as well.

7. Setting Limits When You Use Your Devices

While completely turning away from tech devices is beneficial, it’s not practical, or even possible, to do all of the time. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to limit your screen time even when your phone is with you. Turning off push notifications on your most used apps, limiting yourself to one screen at a time, and spring cleaning who you’re following on social media can all help your stress levels, without giving up all of your screen time.

Technology can be mentally draining and stressful. Try to find a few minutes or hours every day to disconnect and recharge. With the help of these tips, you’ll feel recharged and ready to take on the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

Faux calligraphy with a red Sarasa Fineliner Marker

How to Create Faux Calligraphy in 4 Simple Steps

By: JoAnne Ovenell of @theletteringcompanion

Hello! I’m Jo of @theletteringcompanion. I am an Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pen USA, a calligrapher, and lettering artist based in Washington State. Today, I’m going to teach you how to create faux calligraphy.

What is Faux Calligraphy?

To understand faux calligraphy, let’s discuss a little background on calligraphy. As you might know, calligraphy is the art of creating beautiful letters. Calligraphy has a distinctive appearance with thin and thick strokes, unlike cursive, which is written with a single line weight. With calligraphy, each letter is “drawn” with separate strokes to create thin and thick lines. Calligraphy is created with a flexible nib dip pen or a marker.

Faux calligraphy uses fine tipped markers to imitate the effect of calligraphy. It is created by going over certain parts of your text with bolder strokes and filing it in. Practicing faux calligraphy can help you learn where to place the thick strokes compared the placement of thin strokes. It also gives you the ability to create calligraphy without a flexible nib pen.

Faux Calligraphy Materials

To begin, let’s gather our supplies. The only materials you need is paper and pen. I like to use the Sarasa Fineliner or a Zensations Technical Drawing Pen. Both pens are great to use for faux calligraphy because they have vibrant ink, write smoothly, and dry quickly—which means no smudging. This is very helpful if you are like me and get impatient while waiting for things to dry.

 

Cursive handwriting

Step 1: Write your word or phrase

The first step is to write your word or phrase in cursive on paper. Be sure to leave plenty of space between each letter, making sure not to crowd them. We will be adding thickness to each letter in the next step.

 

Cursive writing

Step 2: Retrace over your words to identify the downstrokes

The next step is to identify the downstrokes within your word or phrase. With your pen held above the paper, rewrite your text in the air. Each time your pen moves downwards toward the bottom of the page, this is considered a downstroke.

Whenever you form a downstroke, add a parallel line to thicken that stroke. Remember, we want the downstrokes to be thick and the upstrokes to be thin. I have drawn arrows in the photo above to show you where the down strokes should be. Continue adding a line to each down stroke to all your letters. Take your time and enjoy the process.

 

Step 3: Fill in the gaps

After you have added all your extra downstrokes, it’s time for the fun part! Color in all your double-lined down strokes to make them thicker. The Sarasa Fineliner’s thin tip provides precise control, allowing you to easily stay within the lines when laying down color. You can create additional vibrancy to the color by adding more layers of the same color.

 

Faux calligraphy

Step 4: Display your faux calligraphy

Practicing your faux calligraphy will help it become easier and easier. Learning faux calligraphy is a helpful steppingstone to learning traditional calligraphy since it teaches you where to add thickness in your letterforms.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and it inspires you to continue with your calligraphy journey. For more calligraphy inspiration, check out Shelley Hitz’s Brush Lettering for Beginners tutorial.

Desk flat lay with Sarasa Grand Gel Pen, mug warmer, cell phone, and blue light glasses

6 Desk Items You Never Knew You Needed

While stocking up on desk accessories generally doesn’t rank high on the list of office priorities—it should. Most Americans spend more than 40 hours a week sitting at office desks. Adding some interesting gadgets and having a well-thought out work area can help you produce your best work and keep you organized and tidy.

Go Wireless

Say goodbye to the phone charging cables that are cluttering up your desk or taking up space in your office drawers and say hello to wireless charging. A wireless mobile charging pad is sleek, sophisticated, and gives you one less cable to deal with every day. It also gives you the ability to grab your phone quickly without hassle when you’re running 5 minutes late to that important meeting.

Feeling Blue

Do your eyes feel tired at the end of the workday? According to the Vision Council, about 60% of Americans surveyed experience some symptoms of digital eyestrain due to extended time in front of computer screens from due to blue light. Investing in a pair of blue light glasses can help relieve some of the unnecessary strain on your eyes—and even help you get a better night’s sleep, as blue light can disrupt natural sleep patterns.

Stand Out

Nothing’s more reliable than old fashioned pen and paper—but that doesn’t mean your pen has to look old fashioned. Choose a pen that empowers you to Choose Different in your professional career. The Zebra Pen Sarasa Grand Retractable Gel Pen features a smooth and sleek metal barrel that’s available in five fashionable colors. It’s the perfect pen to make a statement without sacrificing quality. If you’re looking for something more rugged and durable, try the STEEL F-701 All Metal Ballpoint Retractable Pen. This pen will help you get through any tough situation without giving up on a comfortable writing experience.

Keep it Warm

There’s nothing worse than making yourself a hot cup of coffee and letting the craziness of the day take over and turn your cup of joe to ice before you’ve had a sip. The best way to avoid cold coffee (unless you like it like that—this is a no judgement zone) is to find a mug warmer. Keeping a mug warmer at your desk will allow you to keep your beverages at optimum temperature throughout a busy workday.

Stress Relief

Toys aren’t just for kids. When the stress of the day begins to feel overwhelming or you find yourself mindlessly scrolling on your phone instead of focusing the task at hand, a fidget spinner or stress ball can help. Studies show that fidgeting may occupy parts of your brain that otherwise would distract the rest of your brain with random thoughts. Keep one of these at your desk for the next time you need to focus on the important things.

Detangle the Mess

Between the phone, laptop, computer monitor, tablet, and however many more electronic devices you may have, there’s already enough cables and chords to make a tangled mess. Keeping a cable organizer at your desk gives each cable their own specific spot so you can get rid of the chaos happening underneath your desk and keep a clear mind.

Your desk needs to be somewhere you can focus and get your work done without unnecessary distractions. Whether you work in an office or from your personal desk at home, these essential items are sure to make spending all those hours at your desk a little easier and more enjoyable.