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.
When work feels admittedly boring or redundant, it can be difficult to get your head back in the right space to be productive. Use these tips to boost your creativity at work and make the most of your workday.
Be Mindful of Your Productive Peaks and Pits
According to Business Insider, it is more beneficial to work with your natural rhythms than against them. Some people tend to work more efficiently in the morning while others are more creative in the afternoon. It’s important to acknowledge these peaks so that you can take advantage of your most productive time frames. On the other hand, acknowledging and coping with your pits is just as important. Work through slumps by getting some fresh air or collaborating with a coworker. If you’re able to, sit in a different room for a fresh perspective.
Use Color to Get Organized
Colors greatly affect your emotions and thinking; you can use this to your advantage at work. According to Shift Learning, using the different colors can have a huge impact on behaviors and attitudes while learning or working. Green is said to promote concentration, while orange is said to be uplifting. Blue and orange paired together while highlighting information promotes high levels of thought and comprehension. For soft, beautiful colors to use while highlighting, use Zebra Mildliners. These pastel highlighters are double-ended, perfect for organization all while being easy on the eyes and giving you an opportunity to express your creativity.
Take an Inspiration Break
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Sometimes the best way to focus on the task at hand is to step away for a moment. Read some motivating quotes, watch an inspiring video, or listen to your favorite song or a portion of a podcast to refocus and refresh. Allow yourself to take ten or fifteen minutes to clear your mind and search for inspiration elsewhere. Taking a break is a great way to stay motivated and keep the creativity flowing throughout your work day.
Start Your Day with a To-Do List
Hold yourself accountable by creating a to-do list at the beginning of your day. Give yourself some time to plan for the day ahead and prioritize your tasks. Physically writing these lists out helps to keep your goals and actions aligned while working. As you work, check off each task as it is completed to give yourself a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small the task. Use fun stationary to keep track of your weekly schedule.
Write Handwritten Notes When You Can
Looking at a computer or phone screen for too long can begin to irritate your eyes. Try your best to take breaks from screen time by writing handwritten notes as often as possible. When attending a meeting, leave your laptop or tablet at your desk and grab a pen and paper instead. The products you use to write matter. For a premium, work-friendly line of writing instruments, check out Zebra’s STEEL line of sophisticated and stylish products. Not only does handwriting information boost creativity, it produces a more complex thought pattern and can help with memory as well.
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.
Zebra Steel‘s convenient metal clip makes it the perfect pen to take with you on the go. Combining style, strength, and value, carrying this pen makes a sophisticated statement. Show that you are prepared for anything by carrying your Zebra Steel Pen and these small, yet practical, 10 items with you when you’re on the go.
2. Business Cards
Always be prepared, carry business cards! Networking can happen at the most random times so show that you are professional and ready for success in case someone ever asks you for your card.
3. Pen Refills
Never fret when your favorite Steel ballpoint pen runs out of ink. Carry refills and enjoy Zebra Steel’s easy-refill ink!
4. Pocket Flashlight
Perfect for working on a car, or when you get home late at night, keep a pocket flashlight on your utility keychain for easy access!
5. Leather Notebook/Pocket Notebook
Jot down important notes and reminders to stay on top of your schedule.
6. Portable Phone Charger/Charging Cord
Stay charged and accessible with a portable charger or charging cord for your phone!
When chewing gum seems inappropriate, pop a mint and enjoy fresh breath. Use a stainless steel mint container for efficiency and a sleek look.
9. Money Clip or Wallet
No need for bulky wallets! Keep your money secure with a money clip or slim card wallet.