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6 Hacks to Transform Your Work From Home Routine

When you work from home, there will always be little distractions that pop up. 

Everything from kids to pets to dirty dishes can be very distracting and take up a lot of time and energy.

Oh, and let’s not forget about social media and the TV! If you’re ready to say goodbye to those distractions, you are in the right place. 

Set Fixed Hours

Working from home does give us a lot more flexibility hours wise, which can be both a good and bad thing.

Have you ever had one of those days where you were in the zone and the day just flew by? As much as we love those days, they can also throw us a little off course.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to go above and beyond.

But at the same time, life is all about balance.

Working unrealistic hours is not healthy, and can lead to frustration and burnout.

Study Your Creativity

We all have our own focus styles. Some of us are more creative in the afternoon, while others are more creative in the mornings. As we stated earlier, working from home does give us a lot of flexibility.

If you prefer doing difficult tasks that require a lot of creativity in the morning, then plan your day around those tasks. That way, you can spend your afternoons doing more mundane tasks such as catching up on emails. 

Let Your Family Know When You’re in Meetings

Almost all of us have had our children interrupt a very important meeting at least once.

The only thing is, that sometimes it can be tricky to get back into the zone after being interrupted. The next time you have an important meeting or strict deadline, don’t be afraid to give your family a heads up first. 

Spend Time Outside

Getting out of the house at least once a day is so important for our overall creativity and energy levels. You can take a walk around the block or read a book on your porch. 

Get Organized

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

When we have so much going on, it can be tough to know where to even begin. Writing out all of your to-do’s in order of importance can help prevent a lot of guesswork and decision making during the day.

Take Plenty of Email Breaks

Don’t get us wrong – email is an incredible thing.

However, you don’t want to become glued to your inbox. Replying to emails can be incredibly time consuming and exhausting.

Yes, some emails are urgent – but not all of them! 

Before answering an email, ask yourself if the email can wait a few hours, or if it needs to be taken care of right away. Prioritizing your email correspondents can potentially save you hours, if not more every month.

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4 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Home and Make it Special

So many of us look forward to New Year’s Eve for months, if not longer. 

January 1st is the start of a brand new chapter and can give us the inspiration and motivation to step outside our comfort zone.

Let’s also not forget about all the celebrations and the ever so famous countdown.

Even though we can’t host or attend parties this year, we can celebrate in a safe and fun way!

Host a Virtual Event

None of us are strangers to virtual events. Since March, millions of milestones have been celebrated via video chat. Weddings, birthdays, graduations, you name it!

New Year’s can be celebrated virtually as well.

You can easily celebrate with all your family and friends from the comfort of home. Even though you will be at home, you can still dress up and decorate. 

Host a Virtual Game Night

If you have kids, a virtual game night could be a lot of fun!

There are several websites and apps out there that allow you to play games virtually with a group of people. 

If you want to go the extra mile, you can even make up your own games and put a New Year’s spin on them.

The Countdown

Whether you are spending New Year’s home alone or with immediate family, you can still countdown and make it fun!

You can even record your virtual hangouts and take screenshots for memories! Just be sure to ask everyone on the call if they are okay with that.

Reflection

Self-reflection doesn’t have to be a chore. There are tons of ways you can make it fun! 

At the end of the evening, everyone can share what they’ve learned in 2020 and what they are grateful for.

The Vista family is very grateful for each and every one of you. We can’t wait to make new memories with you all in 2021.

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Accepting Cancelled Holiday Gatherings

Life is unpredictable, and there are so many events and situations we can’t control.

The good news is, we can control how we react to those events and how we look at them.

You Can’t Force Feelings

Even though we can try and change our mindset and attitude, we can’t actually prevent feelings or turn them off in the blink of an eye.

“You feel how you feel, and your feelings are real.” – Sven

It’s one thing to try to challenge negative emotions.

But it’s quite another to ignore them and pretend they don’t exist.

If you’ve been feeling sad or disappointed over not being able to spend the holidays with loved ones in person, that is completely okay. 

Never be ashamed of how you feel. We all experience negative emotions and it’s completely normal. 

Acceptance + Compassion

We get it. Accepting a negative event isn’t always easy, but it is possible.

Practicing self-compassion may not be able to eliminate pain, but it can build resilience and boost optimism.

Looking For The Silver Lining

Several studies show that it can be beneficial to look for silver linings during difficult situations. 

Here are a few silver linings of having small a Christmas this year…

1) You won’t have to spend hours on end cooking and cleaning.

2) You can spend quality one on one time with your immediate family. 

3) You can create new traditions.

Final Thoughts

As we stated earlier, there are plenty of things in life we can’t change. But we can change the stories we tell ourselves and look at things differently.

From our family to yours, we’d like to wish you all a very Happy Holidays!

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Coping with Loneliness During The Holidays

The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones and making memories. 

As you know, this holiday season will be far different than most. 

Even though social distancing is keeping us safe, it can be a little lonely at times. 

You may not be able to erase your feelings of loneliness, but there are plenty of things you can do to make yourself feel better.

Be Good to Yourself:

We’ve talked about this on the blog a few times in the past. But we are going to repeat it since it is so true!

Whether you’re having a good or bad day, it’s so important to be your own best friend. 

You’ve got to listen to your body and give it what it needs. Doing something special just for you is a form of self-care. 

You Are Not Alone:

Feelings are not facts. Just because you may be feeling alone doesn’t mean you are alone.

Even though loneliness can be an uncomfortable feeling, it is nothing to be ashamed of. 

Don’t be afraid to open up to someone in your life and let them know how you feel.

You never know – they may be feeling the same way and can offer some words of encouragement.

Rethink Your Expectations:

So many of us are guilty of setting high expectations for the holidays and want everything to be perfect. 

A holiday does not have to be perfect in order to be special.

A virtual dinner with friends and family can be just as much fun as an in-person event.

 It all depends on how you look at it. 

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Picking Yourself Up After a Breakup

Every person we meet has something to teach us. Instead of thinking about all the things you could have done differently – think about all the things your relationship has taught you. 

Acknowledge Your Feelings

Of course, it’s normal to want to feel better right away after a breakup.

But at the same time, you don’t want to deny what you’re feeling. 

Acknowledging how you feel is part of the healing process.

So many of us often try to put on a brave face and hold back tears. 

Crying does have a soothing effect, helps relieve pain and can even help improve our mood. 

There is no right or wrong way to feel after a breakup. The sooner you accept and embrace your feelings, the sooner you can move past them.

Take Care of Yourself

Practicing self-care is key all year round – but it is that much more important during challenging or stressful events such as breakups.

Think about the things that make you happy and do more of them!

Connect With Others

Although it may be tempting to spend time in your room alone and reflect, you should be around people who love you.

We may not be able to spend time with our friends and family in person, but we can certainly connect with them via video chat.

Talking about your feelings can help you come to terms with them and better understand them.

Accept The Breakup

The sooner you accept the relationship has ended, the sooner you can move forward. 

Every person we meet has something to teach us. Instead of thinking about all the things you could have done differently – think about all the things your relationship has taught you. 

Recovering from a breakup doesn’t happen overnight. 

We all have our own way of healing and grieving.

Don’t rush the process. Take your time. Allow yourself to feel. You will be okay!

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4 Things to do When You Can’t Sleep

Have you ever had one of those days where you just could not wait to go to sleep…

But as soon as your head hits the pillow, you find yourself wide awake?

There are a lot of things that can interfere with our sleep. Everything from stress to our environment can play a role.

If you’re ready to get your sleep routine back on track, these tips and help.

Change Your Environment

Your sleep environment may not feel significant – but it is!

When it comes to pillows and blankets, we all have our own personal preferences. Some prefer weighted blankets, while others prefer something light.

The less time you spend trying to become comfortable, the more time you can spend relaxing and unwinding. 

Practice a Calming Ritual

Not all of us can walk through the front door and immediately go to sleep.

Most of us need to engage in a relaxing activity for at least 30 minutes.

When it comes to activities, the list is endless. You can take a hot shower, read a book or stretch.

Now, this is important. You don’t want to engage in an activity because you think you’re supposed to. You should find an activity you actually enjoy and look forward to every evening.

Turn off Electronics

Watching videos and texting friends is completely fine during the day, but not so much at night.

It’s so easy to lose track of time while scrolling through social media. 

Ten minutes of scrolling can easily turn into 30 minutes of scrolling if you aren’t careful.

Manage Anxious Thoughts

Have you ever been up at 2 AM, worrying about all the things that may or may not happen the next day?

Those evenings are never fun – and they happen to so many of us.

Although it’s much easier said than done, you have the power to change your thoughts.

Instead of thinking about that essay due tomorrow, you can think about how comfortable you are or things you’re grateful for. It may take some practice, but it’ll be well worth it. 

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So Many Tasks, So Little Time

Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day?

Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you work, your to-do list never seems to get finished?

You are not in that boat alone.

Here’s what to do.

Change The Stories You Tell Yourself

The next time you catch yourself, thinking “I have so much to do…”

Hit the pause button, and change the story you tell yourself.

Instead, try something more like this…

“I have a lot to get done today. I have had busy days in the past, and I will have more busy days in the future. I know I have what it takes, and I will succeed.”

Prioritize

We all have 168 hours a week to sleep, work, spend time with family and relax.

If you feel like your lists never get complete, you may be taking on too much.

You have to recognize what tasks can be delegated and which tasks need not be done at all.

Write It Out

You know that feeling when you have a task hanging over your head?

Yes, that is not a fun feeling. It makes it much harder to actually get things done because we’re so worried about what we may or may not forget.

No need to worry – there is an easy fix.

Whenever you’re feeling anxious by all your to-dos, pull out a piece of paper and jot down everything you’d like to get done that day.

There does not need to be any real order or structure. Your thoughts don’t even have to be written in full sentences. 

You are basically just getting all of your thoughts out of your head, and onto paper.

Once you’ve finished your rough notes, you can re-arrange them in order of priority. 

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