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.
From traffic congestion on your commute, meetings that run over schedule, last minute (and stressful) deadlines—sometimes it just feels like the workday is conquering you. Those days can get worse by your cellphone dying or coffee spilling on your shirt. Despite how small these things are, they can cause a busy day to become a stressful day. We’ve all been there, which is why we came up with a list of work bag essentials that will help keep your workdays moving smoothly.
Is there anything more exciting, yet nerve-racking, than starting a new job? Beginning a new position exposes you to new people, tools, and exciting challenges. But being new can also be a little daunting. One way to relieve the new job jitters is to know you are walking into your first day fully prepared for whatever’s ahead. Here are the essential tools you’ll need to start off your first day on the job right.
On average, most Americans consider “busyness” to be signify social and economic status, according to a study by the Columbia Business School. According to this study, people who appear to be busy are perceived to be more ambitious than those who value leisure time. Despite the metaphorical “badge of honor” that may be associated with being busy, the stress of everyday life can become overwhelming, increasing stress and limiting productivity and efficiency. Multitasking has actually been proven to reduce your ability to process information properly. At Zebra Pen, we value finding Zen in each and every day. We’ve curated a list of five items that will make your busy life easier.
The right tools can make all the difference in your day. Purchasing high quality writing instruments can make everyday tasks easier, and more fun. The reliability of our stainless steel permanent marker, the Steel PM-701, won’t disappoint. Our permanent marker has a stainless steel barrel that won’t crack under pressure, unlike a plastic competitor.The PM-701 has a cap off time of 5 days, making it the perfect tool for the office, home, or anything in between. This marker is refillable, and available in four different colors.
An unlikely hero for many smartphone users, a retractable phone mount adds comfortability and stability to everyday phone use. The extended attachment on the back of an especially large smartphone can prevent the phone from dropping. Many attachments come in a variety of different designs, and can add a distinct look and personality to your phone.The extra attachment adds remarkable stability when you want to take high quality photos or videos, or even when you’re browsing through Zebra Pen’s Instagram page.
Searching the web just got easier.. Smart speakers are essentially personal home assistants. These products have endless capabilities, and can be controlled simply with the sound of your voice. Smart speakers can provide information on an array of subjects, such as weather, definitions, stocks, and so much more. Some smart speakers can even order/add things to your shopping list. It also acts as a bluetooth speaker when you want to enjoy some tunes or entertain guests.
Scannable Smart Notebook
We know what you’re thinking, what in the world is a “Smart Notebook?” Smart Notebooks are useful tools to upload your handwritten work onto you phone or laptop! Most Smart Notebooks require you to write/draw your work on a piece of paper, then scan the page with the associated app. Now, you can access all your saved work electronically via an app or cloud service. Use the Zebra F-701 to take essential notes, handy lists, or extensive drafts. After your done, just scan the page and it’s instantly available on your electronic devices to use anywhere.
If you’re going to be carrying around a bag or backpack it might as well be tech-friendly! 2018 has seen a renaissance in backpack wear, and more people want their backpacks to do much more just than carry their belongings. Smart backpacks have a multitude of uses, including charging your phone on the go! Some smart backpacks even have speakers attached so you can always #FindZen in music at home or on the go.
Zebra’s Steel pens are sleek, smooth and strong. As rugged as they are stylish, these pens can withstand the most extreme work conditions and deliver a professional look in the office. Favored amongst college students, Zebra Steel pens are great for the classroom as well! Choose from the everyday 3 Series, high quality 4 Series, and top of the line 7 Series featuring an array of different colors, grips and barrel designs to suit all your writing needs.
The 3 Series is a family of pens including everything from ballpoint pens to highlighters. With its stainless-steel body, textured grip, and convenient metal clip, the F-301 is the #1 selling steel pen in America. Its easy glide ink makes it the perfect everyday pen. The F-301 also comes in a compact ballpoint pen. Experience the same quality as the original F-301 in a collapsible, go anywhere version!
The 4 Series features the F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen. With the same classic stainless-steel look as the 3 Series, but upgraded, weighted barrel, the F-402 combines durability and style. The upgraded rubberized grip has a simple, streamlined look and the metal clip helps to keep it secure in your folder, pocket, or bag. The F-402 is the perfect accessory for professionals.
The 7 Series offers the sleekest look in the Steel family. Available as a ballpoint retractable pen or mechanical pencil, the 7 Series offers a top of the line writing experience. With a full stainless steel body, grip, and clip, the F-701 and M-701 are favorites among engineers and architects as well as first responders who have to rely on their tools in rough working conditions. The 7 Series is not only rugged and strong, the features make it practical and stylish for a pen that works as hard as you do!
If you’re looking for a pen that is professional, comfortable, durable and tough as steel, check out Zebra Steel.
We’re thrilled to share this guest blog from influencer Alec Fischer (@fischrjournals). Alec helps you get organized through Bullet Journals every day. Read to the end and find a special announcement from Zebra Pen and make sure to follow Alec on social!
Are any of you feeling stressed? Do you need an outlet to help you visualize your day, or to put your “to-do” list in order? If your answer is yes to any of these, I’d recommend looking into starting your very own bullet journal. For anyone who hasn’t heard of bullet journaling, it’s a practice where you use bullet points & short sentences to plan out your schedule. See examples here.
When I’m feeling stressed out, I create a layout plan to help me visualize my day. It can include everything from meetings, work, time with friends, to classes (if you’re in school). The layouts can be as simple as you’d like, to more complex designs. Today, I want to show you a simple baseline that can help you create your very own!
Here are the supplies I used to create the designs I’ll be showing you how to make. Feel free to get your own via Zebra Pen USA!
Black Zebra Fountain Pen: (COMING SOON!)
Once you have your supplies, you’re going to want to turn to a fresh notebook page. Using your ruler & pens, draw a large rectangular box that covers enough lines to mark the amount of hours you usually stay up. I wake up early & get to bed late, so my design has quite a few lines.
Then mark the lines with the time of day. It should look something like this:
I use the F-301 0.7 to draw the boxes, then the Fountain Pen to fill everything in and write my text.
Now you can decide what direction you’d like to take. I prefer two version: highlighter & minimalist modern.
For the highlighter version of the daily plan, you’re going to want to use your Zebrite Eco Highlighters to fill in the time each activity takes. Fill in the space however you’d like – I draw a vertical line down the time slot to fill it in.
Next, take your ruler and draw a horizontal line next to the vertical line. I let the highlight dry, then write in my daily task. It should look something like this:
You can maneuver the design however you’d like, or in whatever way fits your aesthetic! Share you designs using the hashtag #ZebriteEcoHighlighters when you’re finished!
For the minimalist modern version of the daily plan (my personal favorite), you’ll want to start with the same base structure. Instead of using highlighters to fill in the time slots, you’ll want to use the ruler to trace boxes around the selected time. Class from 11am to noon? Fill it in! I like using modern patterns & fun minimalist elements to mix things up a bit.
Next, use your ruler to draw a horizontal line outward from the filled in box. At the end of the line, write out your “to-do” item, or activity. Under that activity you can also add more specific bullet points, depending on the level of detail you’d prefer.
When finished, it should look something like this:
When you’re done, you have a little piece of art that can help you stay organized and ready for the rest of the day! It’s a constantly growing adventure, so don’t worry if your designs don’t look the same as the images above. Each person adds their own style and flair to their designs – it’s what makes it so fun!
Good luck and happy planning to you!
Alec Fischer is an award-winning director, content creator, & social influencer. When he’s not working on new documentary projects, you can find him working on his bullet journal, blogging about mental health & wellness, or reading awesome books while drinking tea. You can follow him on Instagram under the handle: @FischrJournals
BONUS: We are thrilled to share a complete barrel redesign on the Zebrite Dual-Tipped Highlighter. You’re seeing it here FIRST! Tell us what you think:
Looking for a great pen? You don’t have to pay a lot of money for a sturdy, well-designed pen that looks as good as it functions; one that works as hard as you do. Consider the Steel line from Zebra Pen, a collection of remarkable writing instruments that are a significant upgrade from everyday plastic pens, and they are surprisingly affordable.
These are popular pens, and for many reasons. First and foremost, the barrels are made of stainless steel—sleek, smooth, strong steel. Add in features like a comfortable grip, smooth flowing ink and easy refills, and we are talking about a special collection of pens. Whether it’s the best-selling F-301 that manages to be both lightweight and durable, or the impressive F-701, as precise as the best tool on the workbench, there is a Steel pen or pencil that is right for you. All very reasonably priced.
Like a maker of fine automobiles, the Steel Collection is numbered. Choose from the everyday 3-Series, high quality 4 Series or top-of-the line 7 series. An array of different ink colors, grips and barrel designs let you and make it your own.
Here is a detailed guide to the Zebra Pen Steel Collection.
F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen
Introducing America’s #1 steel ballpoint pen: the F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen. This stainless steel beauty has premium features, including a sleek steel barrel, textured grip, and metal clip. Its easy glide ink delivers a smooth writing experience and outshines the competition. The F-301 Ballpoint is ideal for portability and works as hard as you do, even on your busiest days. Choose from four ink colors with matching grip: Black, Blue, Green or Red. Available in a 0.7mm, 1.0mm, and 1.6mm point size. Some colors are not available in certain point sizes. Refillable with F-Refill.
F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen—Breast Cancer Awareness
Zebra Pen is a proud sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. With its pink trim and grip, use the Breast Cancer Awareness F-301 pen to express your support for breast cancer research. This pen features all the same benefits as the traditional F-301 Ballpoint (steel barrel, comfortable grip, easy glide ink performance, etc.). We know that pink is tough, and we recognize the efforts of those who bravely battle breast cancer every day. Only available in black ink and a 0.7mm point size. Refillable with F-Refill.
F-301 Compact Ballpoint Pen
A flexible and versatile pen, this go-anywhere version of the F-301 Ballpoint Retractable has the ability to collapse down in size, so it can be stored or carried with ease. Expand the pen to write and work, then collapse it later for portability. With a stainless steel barrel and clip, a no-slip, textured grip, and easy glide ink, the F-301 Compact is as practical as it is stylish. Only available in Black ink and a 0.7mm point size. Refillable with F-Refill.
301A Ballpoint Retractable Pen
Show your true colors with the 301A Ballpoint Retractable Pen – all of the great features of the original F-301 Ballpoint Retractable, but now available in four fashionable aluminum barrel colors: Blue, Gold, Grey, or Maroon! Amp up your style and express yourself with this sophisticated pen. The textured grip of this pen allows for a comfortable writing experience with every use. Because of the secure metal clip, you won’t have to worry about losing your pen or having it roll around your work space. The easy glide ink delivers a smooth writing performance, and it’s the perfect pen for everyday use. Only available in Black ink and a 0.7mm point size. Refillable with F-Refill
M-301 Mechanical Pencil
All of the quality and style you expect from our 3-Series pens, but now in a mechanical pencil! The rugged, sophisticated M-301 mechanical pencil is ideal for writing, sketching, and drafting. Featuring a stainless steel barrel that is the hallmark of the Steel line, this mechanical pencil is a practical addition to your Steel collection. The ridged grip allows for comfort when writing, and a handy eraser can be found neatly tucked under the cap. A durable clip ensures easy portability, too. Available in 0.5mm and 0.7mm point sizes. Refillable with standard lead.
G-301 Gel Retractable Pen
Do you love Gel pens? This one’s for you. The G-301 is equipped with the same sleek, stainless steel barrel and popular features as its F-301 counterpart, but is filled with gel ink. The smooth flowing G-301 makes writing and drawing both clean and effortless. The easy glide of the gel ink will make this your go-to pen for everything. Choose either Black or Blue ink with matching grip. Available in a 0.7mm point size. Refillable with the JK-Refill.
V-301 Fountain Pen
The V-301 Fountain Pen is new and improved. The upgraded design features a new, and fitted, stainless steel nib to drastically improve performance and ink flow. The V-301 has all the great Steel 3 Series features, plus a fitted cap to protect the tip. This fountain pen looks refined and professional and makes writing a pleasure. A convenient metal clip lets you keep it with you on the go. Choose from Black or Blue ink. Refillable with V-Refill. https://www.zebrapen.com/product/v-301-stainless-steel-fountain-pen-1pk-wbonus-refill-2/?source=brand
R-301 Rollerball Pen
If you love the smooth effect of a fountain pen, but want the ease and value of a rollerball, you’ve found it here in the R-301 Rollerball Pen. Its precise arrow tip lets you exert less pressure when writing, producing smooth and crisp lines and a carefree writing experience. The sturdiness of this steel pen stands up to everyday demands, and the easy-off cap allows you to protect your pockets and preserve ink. The ribbed grip makes the R-301 comfortable all day long. Choose from Blue or Black ink. Available in a 0.7mm point size. Refillable with R-Refill.
Over those old, bulky highlighters? Come experience the versatile, ultra-sleek H-301 Steel Highlighter. The minimalist design looks great, and is highly functional. With its chisel tip you can mark or underline with ease and precision and never have to worry about smudges or smearing. The lightweight H-301 Steel Highlighter is easy to carry and secure with its metal clip. The rubber grip allows for control and comfort. Choose from two vibrant color: Pink or Yellow. Refillable with HL-Refill.
F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen
The 4-Series of the Steel takes a step up in refinement. The F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen has the same classic stainless steel barrel as the 3 series, but it is a little heftier. It’s well balanced for a better writing experience with more comfort. The upgraded non-slip, rubberized grip, has a more professional look. Style and durability are key when it comes to the F-402. This pen fits perfectly into an executive shirt pocket, folder or bag. A designer metal clip keeps it secure. Choose from 2 ink colors: Black or Blue. Available in a 0.7mm point size. Refillable with F-Refill.
F-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen
This is a beautiful pen. The 7-Series of the Steel Family offers the sleekest look with a top-of-the-line writing experience. And it is strong enough to withstand the rigors of even the most demanding workplaces. The F-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen is a favorite of engineers and architects, who appreciate good design, as well first responders who have to rely on their tools, no matter how harsh the conditions. The heavy-duty stainless steel barrel is rugged and strong and resists corrosion. The knurled metal grip adds comfort and control, and the retractable plunger mechanism is soft and silent with every click. The F-701 is handsome pen, a style statement and the last pen you’ll ever need. Available in Black ink and a 0.7mm point size. Refillable with F–Refill. https://www.zebrapen.com/produ..ct/f-701-ball-point-retractable/?source=brand
M-701 Mechanical Pencil
The M-701 Mechanical Pencil has all the upgraded features as the F-701 pen, but with the function of a mechanical pencil. Featuring a designer stainless steel tip, barrel and clip, the M-701 is ideal for any writing needs, sketching or drafting. Its functionality is first-class. The knurled grip provides total control and advancing the lead is whisper quiet. Well balanced and sleek, this mechanical pencil exudes style and professionalism, and makes a perfect complement to the F-701 pen. Available in a 0.7mm point size. Refillable with standard lead.
Our Steel series of pens, pencils, and highlighters are as strong as they are sophisticated. Choose a pen that is suitable for all your needs. Find Zen in your pen. Zebra Pen.