Tag Archives: find your zen

A Navy Sarasa Grand Retractable Pen transposed next to a Smoke Blue Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter & Creative Tool

7 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

When it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you want, what do you do? How do you handle work and personal life? Work-life balance is something everyone struggles with at one point or another, but it is achievable. Just like anything else, it takes skill and practice. Check out our 7 tips to help achieve a better balance, and to start feeling happier both in and outside of work.

Set Realistic Goals

Everyone has goals they want to achieve in both their professional and personal lives. But sometimes we reach too far or make our goals too big and as a result, they become overwhelming and feel unachievable. Start by setting realistic, SMART goals; ones that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. These types of goals can be tackled by breaking them up into smaller steps and goals. You’ll feel satisfied achieving small wins along the way and stay motivated to move towards the next step.

Learn to Say No

When you’re feeling overwhelmed and work starts to spill into personal time, it’s often a sign that you might have too much on your plate. Learning how to say no is critical in achieving better work-life balance, but it will first take some practice. Get comfortable with your assertiveness by practicing during situations where the stakes are lower. This can help you build courage to say no in more difficult situations—after all, confidence is a muscle we all need to exercise. You’ll find that you’ll feel happier and more balanced when you prioritize what you really want and say no to things you don’t.

Be a Planner

Still feeling like there’s never enough time for everything? If so, you might not be scheduling your time effectively. Putting your to-do’s on paper in a planner can help you become better at time management, and more easily keep track of events, appointments, errands, and tasks. The smooth flowing ink of the STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen makes creating lists easy, while the STEEL PM-701 Permanent Marker is perfect for drawing attention to your most pressing tasks.

Concentrate on One Thing

Take every day and every task one step at a time. Oftentimes when we think we’re multitasking, we aren’t really doing two things at once—but instead, doing individual actions in rapid succession. Take a task, whether it be professional or personal, and give it your full attention. Finish the task, and then move on to the next one. Being “where your feet are” allows you to be present in the moment and focus more clearly.

Have the Right Tools

Whether it’s needing a specific piece of software to better perform a function in your work role or having the right pen in hand to help you stand out in your office meeting, having the right tools matter. When you’re equipped with products that are reliable and high quality, you perform better, too. The Sarasa Grand Retractable Pen combines quality performance and style, making it the perfect tool for crossing off your to-do list and making a great impression. If you’re looking for durability and reliability without compromising on sleekness, look no further than the STEEL F-701 ALL METAL Ballpoint Retractable Pen.

Disconnect from Time to Time

It’s easy to get sucked into tasks and feel like you have to be available 24/7 for both life and work. Taking time to disconnect from the outside world can be difficult, but it is necessary. Put down the phone, put away the computer, and take a deep breath. Giving yourself time to disconnect can help you refocus and go back into work refreshed and ready to take on anything that comes your way!

Practice Self Care

Being burnt out can affect not just your mental wellbeing, but also your physical health. In order to destress and restore, we recommend intentionally setting aside time to practice selfcare—otherwise, it may never be a priority. Do the simple things that will make you feel better; Drink lots of water, take a walk, unplug, and take quiet time when it’s necessary. Taking care of yourself will positively effect both your work life and your personal life.

Attempting to find work-life balance can be tricky but if you start with small steps, you will see how they lead to big changes. There are many benefits of work-life balance but the biggest is being able to enjoy both separately. You can love your job and love your downtime without sacrificing either.

How To Take The Stress Out Of Back To School

After a summer of relaxation and fun, heading back to the hustle and bustle of the school year may seem stressful. However, there is also a lot to be excited about! Use these tips to stay calm, cool, and zen during the school year.

Maintain a Summer State of Mind

Instead of stressing about going back to school this year, try to focus on maintaining your summer mindset through the fall and winter as well. Make time for fun each day and allow yourself to practice self care when things get hectic. Continue trying new things during the school year, and spending time with friends and family.

Set Attainable Goals

Start the new school year by setting personal goals for yourself, and by helping your children set personal goals for themselves. Set weekly, monthly, and seasonal goals to help track your progress and keep the school year exciting and fulfilling! Goals can be simple such as reading a chapter of a novel each night, or long-term goals such as learning a new subject or language. Learning about subjects of your choice can help keep learning fun. Hold yourself accountable and track your progress using a journal, notebook or bullet journal.

Establish New Habits

This is the perfect time to kickstart new routines and healthy habits. Use a bullet journal or a planner to keep track of your schedule, and make sure you have time for work, leisure, and other activities. If you’ve been wanting to pick up a new hobby such as yoga or cooking, make sure you designate times for those things during the school year so that you have something to look forward to each day. Try using Zebra Mildliner highlighters to organize your goals or schedule by color and priority each day! Mildliners are perfect for bullet journaling, planning, coloring and more.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of taking time to focus on mental health by living in the moment and focusing on the present. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, especially when faced with assignments and deadlines. When you’re planning your day or week, designate some time for yourself to practice mindfulness such as meditation or journaling.

Summer AdZENtures Bucket List

 

Have you started your summer AdZENtures bucket list? Zen can be added to any adventure, big or small, and there’s no better time for an adventure than summertime!

Here are some ideas to add to your summer AdZENtures bucket list:

  1. Hike a local trail

With warmer weather and more hours of sunlight, hiking a local trail can be a fun summer adzenture! Bring some snacks and a water bottle and enjoy the view.

  1. Watch a sunset/sunrise

Relax in your back yard or visit a local park to enjoy a sunset, or wake up early and experience the beauty of a summer sunrise!

  1. Visit a water park

Round up some friends to experience the thrill of a water park. Cool off in water slides, a lazy river, or wave pool and get ready for a day full of fun!

  1. Get a pedicure

Break out those open-toed shoes! Everyone likes to feel pampered, so bring a friend or enjoy some alone time and go get a pedicure this summer.

  1. Do some summer reading

Lose yourself in some summer reading. Go to your local bookstore and make some time to relax and read a book!

  1. Beach day trip

Set up a beach chair, take a dip in the ocean, build a sandcastle, have a summer adzenture at the beach!

  1. Watch fireflies at dusk

It’s summertime and fireflies are beginning to show up. Sit outside and watch them light up the evening!

  1. Have a Picnic

Pack up sandwiches, snacks, and drinks of your choice then spread a blanket out in your back yard or take it to the park to enjoy some lunch!

  1. Go to a Lake

Fishing, swimming, rope swings, and just enjoying the view— visiting a lake always makes for a fun summer adzenture!

  1. Stargazing

No clouds in the sky? Then it’s a perfect night to do some stargazing! Look to the night sky and see if you can find any constellations!

  1. Have a Cookout

Invite some friends over and do some grilling outside. Everyone can bring their favorite summer side dish or dessert to share as well!

  1. Crafting

With some extra time on your hands, summer is a great time to do a little crafting. If you have any old household supplies lying around, put them to use and look up ways to make a craft out of them!

Don’t forget to keep a journal of all your AdZENtures! Try out the F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen for your summer journal!

 

Share your AdZENtures by posting a picture on Facebook or Instagram with #adZENtures for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. Two winners are selected monthly!

 

Are Handwritten Love Letters a Vanishing Art?

For as long as people had a pen, paper and could write, the art of crafting a romantic love letter EnlightenedWriting3has been penned. But in the era of texting, tweeting, emojis and emailing, the intuitive pleasure of a handwritten love letter is largely lost.

Remember in grammar school as a kid, when the “I like you, do you like me? Check yes or no” note was passed to you in class? Now you send a text (“luv u”). Then finish the conversation with a suggestive emoji.

When it comes to sentimental value, females overwhelmingly lead the genders. Females are over twice as likely as men to keep notes, children’s schoolwork, diaries and their own creative writing, poetry and songs. Males are more likely to cherish handwritten wedding vows than females, but females have neater writing than males and believe that handwriting reflects their personality.

It’s a spectacular thing to be loved with words, and not utilitarian texts full of empty acronyms, humorous-faced emojis or emails sent two seconds before grabbing a cab. How much more precious, then, those letters of former times,  when the flow of ink, the craftsmanship of words and letters on paper, embossed paper you can touch. They delivered more than a letter, they delivered thoughtful emotions.

Nevertheless, we hope someone writes you a love letter. But better yet, we hope you start writing them. We sincerely hope you begin to construct an environment in which your relationships are able to flourish in such a way that the people you love notice the time and effort you put into a handwritten note or love letter.Are-Handwritten-Love-Letters-a-Vanishing-Art

SOURCE: A survey of 2000 people by luxury travel brand Signature from Thomas Cook