With all the distractions, decisions, and duties that bombard us at work, it’s not surprising to find yourself battling stress in the workplace at times. During these moments of stress and frustration, it is important to remain calm and find ways to increase positivity and productivity.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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!
- Visit a water park
- 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.
- 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!
- Beach day trip
Set up a beach chair, take a dip in the ocean, build a sandcastle, have a summer adzenture at the beach!
- Watch fireflies at dusk
It’s summertime and fireflies are beginning to show up. Sit outside and watch them light up the evening!
- 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!
- Go to a Lake
Fishing, swimming, rope swings, and just enjoying the view— visiting a lake always makes for a fun summer adzenture!
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!
- 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!
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!
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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.