All too often, cleaning and organizing our workspaces falls at the bottom of our to-do lists. While you may think you don’t have time for office organization, you’d quickly reconsider if you really knew how much the disorganization cost you. A neat and orderly workspace can help boost your productivity, keep you focused, and help you feel less stressed throughout the workday. Follow these tips to transform your office into an efficient workspace.
Flexibility is one of the greatest perks of working from home—but while remote work does offer the ability to create your own schedule, sometimes with flexibility comes increased pressure. Without facetime with coworkers in the office, you may feel pressure to spend more time online, to cut lunches short, or you might even forget to take breaks. It is important to prioritize work-life balance both for your mental and physical health. Here are some of our best tips to achieve better balance when working from home—without having physical coworkers to remind you to leave the office on time or to take lunch away from the computer.
Your resume got noticed and you’ve been asked to have an interview. There is just one catch—it’s a virtual job interview. As technology continues to evolve, the workplace has been quick to follow suit in adopting new innovations to save time and increase efficiency. Whether the position will be remote, the role is in a different part of the country, or the employer is unable to have an interview at the job location, it’s important to be just as prepared for a virtual interview as an in-person one. Here are some of our best tips for preparing for a virtual interview.
When working from home, there are several challenges that you might face, including learning how to fight off distractions or needing to create a new routine for yourself. You also may have to participate in video conference calls, especially if others in your company are working remotely as well. Video conference calls can be awkward at first, particularly if you have never had to participate or run one in the past. But while it is different than having an in-person meeting, there are plenty of ways to become a pro at video conferencing. Here are some of our best tips.
For some, the idea of working from home is a dream—no commute and no drop-in meetings—but in the midst of mandatory work-from-home policies, many of us are now realizing that working from a home office presents its own set of challenges. It can be difficult to manage time and to limit distractions. Check out our best tips for staying focused and managing your time effectively.
At Zebra Pen, we know the importance of powerful writing. Whether it’s academic, at work, or for leisure, we know there unlimited ways to boost creativity and improve writing skills! We strive to provide writers of the world with the most effective and practical writing instruments to make your writing as great as it can possibly be, but we want to give you more than that!
For students, midterms and finals are right around the corner. Finding the time and motivation to write essays, research papers and more can be tough. For the leisure and professional writers, cooler temperatures provide the perfect environment for cozy, indoor writing. We came up with a few tips and tricks to keep you motivated and on your path to enlightened writing!
1. Plan Ahead
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you’re on a time crunch, give yourself enough time so that you aren’t putting too much pressure on yourself at the last minute. It’s better to finish early and have extra time for reviews and revisions than to get done late and miss out on correcting silly errors and mistakes! Students, this can be hard to do with all of your other classwork, but be sure to use a planner and come up with a game plan so you can start your papers in advance.
2. Test your topic: Stream of Consciousness
If you are unsure about what to write, or you’re having difficulties getting started, you may want to use the stream of consciousness method. A stream of consciousness is when you write non-stop as the thoughts come to your brain. Write your thoughts non-stop for anywhere between 3 and 15 minutes to come up with an idea, or focus on your potential topic and write non-stop about all the possible approaches and points you could make on that topic. Some stream of consciousness activities are useful to catalyze the creative process. Sometimes, it results in a great idea!
3. Organize: Intro, Main Points, Conclusion
Before you start writing, it’s helpful to know what you are going to write about, and how it will be organized. Set up an outline in a separate notebook to read off of as you write on your laptop or computer. Jot down some notes as to what you want to write in your intro, main points, and conclusion. You can be as detailed or broad as you would like with this tip; either way, it really helps the writing process and keeps you moving as you write!
4. Find the Right Instrument
The key to enlightened writing starts from the right pen. Having a writing instrument you enjoy using is more important than many writers realize! If you like a tough and stylish pen, check out our Steel line of pens and mechanical pencils! Made with a stainless steel barrel, our Steel pens and pencils stand up to even the toughest assignments. If you like a smooth, gel writing experience, our Sarasa pens may be the perfect pen for you! Our Sarasa pens come in a variety of colors, perfect for the visual learner. No matter what it is that you look for in a writing utensil, there is a Zebra Pen for everyone!
5. Good Writers are Also Good Readers
The more you read, the better you write. Whether you are writing essays, fiction, memoir, poetry, or anything else, reading examples before writing is a great way to get inspiration! For students, working together with a peer, reading each other’s work and giving/getting feedback is another good idea before handing in a paper! Simply having another pair of eyes look over your work helps to catch little errors that you may have skimmed over. It also helps to read someone else’s work to not only give feedback, but it may actually make you realize something about your own work as well.
6. The Best Writers Write From 10-12 and 3-5 Everyday
Times can vary greatly from person to person based on availability but for all of you leisure writers, writing during certain hours each day helps to build a good routine and gets you in the habit of writing to the best of your ability. Choose times that work for you! For example, if you are groggy in the morning, maybe select times after 11 a.m. or if you know you write best at night, choose some later hours! Whatever hours you choose, stick to them and write every single day.
7. Step Away
It’s important to take breaks and step away from your work. If you plan ahead, you should have time to do this. Stepping away is helpful to fix writers block, get a fresh start on an old piece, or help decide when a piece is finished. When you step away from your work, do something you enjoy such as cooking, going for a drive, reading, or even brainstorming on paper again! Don’t take too much time away if you’re on a strict time schedule, but take enough time to get refocused and #FindZen.
8. Turn Down the Music and Talk
Many people come up with their best ideas while driving or doing something productive such as cleaning. Next time you step away from your work or if you’re coming up with some good ideas while busy with something else, turn on a recorder on your phone or other device and allow yourself to talk out loud about your ideas. You won’t forget all that great material you came up with and you’ll be able to use it once you start writing again!
9. Read it Aloud
Words may sound differently on paper than they do out loud. When your paper or other work feels complete, read it out loud to yourself or a friend. This helps to catch any awkward phrasing and may help you figure out punctuation. It’s amazing what you can see in your writing when you read it aloud.
10. Just Start
Many people get caught up in the idea and fear of writer’s block. Perhaps the most important tip is this: just start. You can begin with a stream of consciousness, outline, or the piece itself. As long as you are writing, you are making strides toward an end result. Beginning is often the hardest part but without it, there would be no end. So just start!