Tips for Working at Home

Tips for Working at Home

Steps to make working from home more efficient.

Working from home certainly has its benefits: you avoid a commute, you have the freedom to run errands when you need to, and digital tools make it simple to check in with your colleagues. Even so, there are quite a few challenges, too. Being distracted by domestic duties, friends, and family can result in your work suffering. To master the art of working from home successfully, read on.

Establish working hours.

This is the first step to ensuring productivity while working from home. If your employer hasn’t set you hours already, do so for yourself. It’s tempting to give yourself flexibility by sleeping in or taking frequent breaks, but this can only lead to unproductivity in the long run. Set yourself consistent hours to stay accountable to yourself and to your boss.

Identify what needs to get done every day.

You may think you’re less accountable for the work you do when you work from home, but in reality, you should be ensuring all deadlines are met and your work is up to standard because there really is no excuse. By noting what you need to do each day, you give yourself tasks that you need to complete, whether you’re distracted or not.

Get dressed.

It’s tempting to work in your pajamas and slippers, but this could hinder your work. Keep to a regular routine of waking up, showering, and getting dressed – just as you would if you were going to an office. This helps to flip a switch in your brain that you’re in work mode so that you focus on getting your work done.

Create an at-home office.

Sure, the couch is comfier to do work, but this could take a huge toll on your productivity. Just like getting dressed, working from a desk tells your brain that it’s time for work, not relaxation. You are more likely to feel alert and organized if you work at a desk, even if it’s the kitchen table.

Stay in the loop.

Remote workers lose the opportunity to pop into someone’s office, so they need to be mindful to do so virtually. Checking in with your team may mean more deliberate and responsive emails, sometimes supplemented by instant messaging. It’s a good way to let your team know you’re working from home.

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

Pros and cons of paying off your mortgage early.

One of the most debated topics in personal finance is whether it makes sense to pay off your mortgage early or invest in extra cash. There are significant advantages and disadvantages to both options, and there may not be a solution that is best for every situation. Take a look at these pros and cons to help you decide what to do.

Pros of paying off your mortgage:

  • No mortgage means lower expenses and less need to draw down your savings in retirement.
  • You may save thousands of dollars by not paying the interest on a mortgage. Even if your tax deductions would be reduced if you were to accelerate the mortgage payments, you’d still win financially.
  • For some people, the peace of mind they gain by eliminating debt is the most important consideration of all.
  • If you can pay off your mortgage by the time you retire or shortly thereafter, you’ll need much less income to support yourself in retirement than people who are either renting or still making mortgage payments.

Cons of paying off your mortgage:

  • The extra payments reduce the amount of money that you have to invest or to meet financial emergencies.
  • You’ll have reduced liquidity. It’s easier to access funds sitting in an investment account or bank account than to access funds in the form of home equity.
  • The money you invest has the potential to grow faster than the savings. You gain by paying less mortgage interest.
  • People with no mortgage may be looked on unfavorably as the lender lost money what would have been accrued in interest payments.

Whatever. You decide to do, be sure you feel confident in the plan. Find financial stability by securing reliable and affordable insurance policies. Contact the team at All Nevada Insurance for information on how to select adequate coverage for your needs.

Avoid These Bad Business Habits to Reduce Stress

Avoid These Bad Business Habits to Reduce Stress

How to be less stressed at work.

Some stress in the workplace is normal. However, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical and emotional health, and affect your relationships and home life. It can even mean the difference between success and failure on the job. Although you can’t control everything in your work environment, you can learn how to reduce your stress. Here are some bad habits to break so that you can lead a more stress-free life.

Bad habit #1: Sacrificing your downtime.

Everyone needs to take a break from work now and again. Many people’s first reaction is to tackle every task at once, cutting back on personal time to complete work. Remember that if you don’t take a break, you’re more likely to burn out and prevent yourself from being productive and will increase your stress levels. Yoga and mindfulness exercises are common ways to create a sense of peace and serenity. Be mindful to take breaks and then approach the work with a new perspective.

Bad habit #2: Saying no to help.

If you’re that person that never says ‘no’ to a being offered a task, then you’ll know that you may have work piling up around you. Going at it alone isn’t going to help yourself or the business. If you can, turn down tasks when you feel you have too much on your plate, or ask other colleagues for help. Delegating tasks can help alleviate some weight on your shoulders.

Bad habit #3: Being a perfectionist.

When you set unrealistic goals for yourself, you’re setting yourself up to fall short. Aim to do your best; no one can ask for more than that.

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Tips to Build Credit for Recent College Graduates

Tips to Build Credit for Recent College Graduates

Building credit once you’ve finished college.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully graduated from college! All that hard work has finally paid off. Now that you’ve navigated college, it’s time to assess your fiscal responsibility. Of all the things you need to accomplish after college, building a great credit score is one of the most important. If you’re like most recent college graduates, there’s still a lot to learn about personal finance that probably wasn’t covered in class. These simple tips can help you build credit and will serve you well throughout your life.

Get smart about your credit score.

You may have a lot on your mind right now and pumping up your credit score may be last on your list of things to do. However, you should know that credit scores are, sadly, increasingly used to measure our worth. Your score is supposed to represent the likelihood that you’ll repay a loan. Credit card scores are often checked by utility companies, landlords, employers, government agencies, and insurers. It’s worth taking the time to ramp up your score.

Apply for a credit card.

If you’re comfortable with doing so, apply for a credit card. Take time to assess the different choices on the market and talk to your bank to see if they can offer you a better deal. You want to keep annual payments low and charging expenses reasonable.

Pay off your balance in full each month.

This is a habit you should form right from the beginning – never charge more than you know you can pay each month. If you overspend and can’t pay in full, you’ll start to accrue interest. For first-time cardholders, interest rates can be very high.

Pay on time – every time.

Nothing matters to your credit more than making every single payment due on time. Your payment history largely influences your score and late payments are a big mark on your credit. One of the easiest ways to make sure you don’t miss that date is if your credit card company allows you to make automated payments from your bank account.

Don’t over-apply for credit.

The more often your credit report is examined by a creditor, the lower your score. Be selective about when you pull up your report, especially if you know you’ll need to get a car loan or credit from a store.

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Superfoods That Lower Blood Pressure

Superfoods That Lower Blood Pressure

May is National Blood Pressure Month!

Blood pressure is the force applied by the blood on the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps the blood. If the pressure of the blood remains high over time, it can lead to other health problems such as coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, and more. High blood pressure develops over the years and affects nearly everyone in the long run. Since May is National Blood Pressure Month, now is the time to check your pressure. If you have high blood pressure, these superfoods can help lower it naturally.

Avocados

Avocados are the powerhouses of potassium, which is necessary to maintain blood pressure. Apart from potassium, avocados provide other minerals and heart-healthy vitamins. The monounsaturated fat in them reduces your LDL, or ‘bad’ cholesterol, which is harmful to the body.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to help reduce blood pressure. An Australian study found that by getting at least 25 mg of lycopene in your diet every day, you can lower your LDL (the ‘bad’ cholesterol) by up to 10 percent. Researchers say that’s as much of a difference as a low dose statin.

Dark Chocolate

Researchers have found that eating a small amount of dark chocolate every day (around 30 calories worth) can reduce hypertension by around 20 percent. Be mindful to buy dark chocolate that is over 70 percent cacao, and only enjoy a small piece to reap huge benefits!

Hibiscus Tea

After sipping on three cups a day of the tea for 6 weeks, slightly hypertensive participants saw a decrease in their systolic blood pressure of around 7 points. While the drop may seem modest for those with more serious cases of hypertension, doctors say that even small reductions in blood pressure can lower your risk for serious heart conditions.

Kale

There’s little that kale can’t do! It’s rich in magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C. A diet high in potassium is strongly linked to lower blood pressure. This could be because magnesium’s effect on blood pressure is enhanced when combined with more potassium.

From the team at All Nevada Insurance, we hope that you take this month to improve your health! For all of your insurance needs, contact us today.

Fun Ways to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

Fun Ways to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

Treat mom for Mother’s Day!  

Mother’s Day only comes once a year, so we must make the most of it by showing our mothers how much they really mean to us. To most of us, our mothers are super moms. They are patient, caring, and love us unconditionally, despite our faults. This year, treat your mom to something special. Here are a few ways you can celebrate the special lady in your life.

  • Start with flowers – Almost every lady appreciates flowers because the act of giving a bouquet of beautiful flowers is so sweet. You can show your love to your mom by giving her flowers that match her personality.
  • Do the chores for her – Houses can take a lot of upkeep. Why not relieve your mom’s chore load a bit by doing some chores for her? Instruct her to sit down, relax, and let you handle the cleaning.
  • Cook for her – Even though there is nothing quite like mom’s cooking, reverse roles on this day by cooking her favorite meal. She will definitely be full (of happiness) afterward.
  • Take her to the spa – Moms are so busy doing everything for everyone else that they often forget about themselves. Treat your mom to a pamper day at the spa to ensure she relaxes.
  • Buy her a gift – Make sure you know she will love it! Jewelry is usually a good choice, but consider her taste and your wallet before committing to an expensive purchase.
  • Spend a day with her – Spend a day together, and she will treasure the moment. You might just watch movies and catch up all day, or you might grab some lunch and take her out shopping. Either way, this would mean a lot to her!

From the team at All Nevada Insurance, we hope that you and your mom enjoy the Mother’s Day celebrations! For all of your insurance needs, contact us today.

Try This Fresh Recipe for Spring!

Try This Fresh Recipe for Spring!

Whip up this delicious paella for springtime eating!

Now that spring is here, it’s time to indulge in the wonderful produce that the season brings. Perfect for the season is paella! While it isn’t a ready-in-ten-minutes meal, it is well-simmered, full of flavor, and can be used for lunches, dinners, and lunches again! Check out this delicious recipe for vegetable paella.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 green garlic shoots or 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • A quarter of a red pepper, sliced
  • 8 asparagus, sliced
  • 7 white button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 cup tomato purée
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 spring of rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 12 oz of paella rice
  • Quartered artichoke hearts
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Lemon slices 

Instructions

  1. Using a paella pan, pour the oil into the middle of the pan and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt in a circle around the oil. Heat over medium heat and add the green garlic shoots or garlic to the oil. Fry until soft and translucent, then remove from pan and reserve.
  2. Bring about a quarter of the salt into the oil and add the red pepper to the oil. Fry until crisp-tender. Remove and reserve with the garlic.
  3. Bring another quarter of the salt into the oil and add the asparagus. Fry until crisp-tender, then remove and reserve with the pepper.
  4. Finally, bring in the last bit of salt to the oil and add the mushrooms. Fry until beginning to soften, then remove and reserve with the other vegetables.
  5. Add the tomato purée to the pan and simmer over high heat for about 2 minutes until reduced and very thick. Add in the vegetable stock and water and bring to a boil. Add the rosemary, paprika, and soy sauce and boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to minimum and add the saffron and 1 teaspoon of salt. Leave for 30 minutes on the lowest heat. It should not be simmering, just a tiny wisp of steam coming off the pan.
  6. After 30 minutes remove the rosemary and bay leaf and add the rice and spread it out around the pan. Raise heat to high and boil for 7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 6 minutes. Add the fried vegetables, quartered artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes to the rice and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 6 minutes. By now the rice should be cooked through but not mushy and the liquid absorbed. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with lemon slices.

From the team at All Nevada Insurance, we hope that you and your family enjoy this recipe this spring! For all of your insurance needs, contact us today.

How to Be Kind to the Planet for Earth Day

How to Be Kind to the Planet for Earth Day

Easy steps to take to go green.

With Earth Day just around the corner (April 22nd), now is the perfect time to reassess your habits and look for easy ways to be more eco-friendly in the home. Mother Nature has always been kind to us by giving us a planet to live on. However, we haven’t always returned the favor. We are currently killing out endangered species, using up precious resources, and polluting waters and air. To benefit the planet (and, in some cases, your wallet), check out these tips for going green.

Reduce your plastic consumption.

Plastic is a major offender to the environment. It harms wildlife and sits in landfills or floats in the ocean for thousands of years. Reduce or eliminate your plastic consumption by saying no to straws, using reusable bags for shopping, buying your food from the bulk bins, and taking reusable mugs and cups with you when out and about.

Use green cleaning products.

To clean our homes, we often use products that are loaded with toxic chemicals and environmentally harmful substances. Instead, switch to green alternatives that are cruelty-free and do not harm the environment. You can even make your own out of lemon, vinegar, and baking soda!

Walk more.

We’re sure you’ve heard this one before! Walk more and drive less. Saving gas will help to conserve this limited fuel resource. Whether you walk, cycle, or take public transport, find new ways to travel instead of relying on your car. If you do need to drive, carpool with others to conserve gas.

Seal gaps around doors and windows.

Older homes tend to have more gaps around the doors and windows, letting in air from the outside, causing the AC and furnace to work harder. Putting weather stripping around those gaps can save you money on your heating and cooling while preventing energy from being wasted.

While you adopt a greener lifestyle, leave your insurance needs to the experts. All Nevada Insurance can help you secure reliable coverage across Las Vegas and beyond.

How to Reduce Allergens Around the Home

How to Reduce Allergens Around the Home

Easy tricks to minimize the allergens in your home.

Spring is almost here! While that may be good news to some, to others it means the start of sneezing season. Spring can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. Common indoor allergens include dust mites, mold and mildew, cockroach droppings, and pet dander. Of course, pollen from trees and grass can sneak into the home, too. These irritants cause some unpleasant side effects, including a stuffy head, streaming or itchy eyes, and a sore throat.

Here are a few tips on how to you can reduce allergens in your home.

Stick to a regular cleaning schedule. Keeping dust and dander at bay is a continual process. It’s especially important to stay on top of cleaning when allergies are concerned. Wipe surfaces with a damp rag rather than dusting, which often just brushes dust back into the air.

Implement a no-shoes policy. Keep dust, pollen, and more from entering your house by asking guests and family members to take off their shoes when they enter the door. Provide indoor and outdoor doormats to trap dirt from shoes.

Switch to light blinds. Thick drapes with lots of folds and pleats are masters at trapping dust and other allergens. Choose blinds that you can easily wipe down. If that’s not possible, switch out heavy drapes for light curtains that you can easily machine-wash often.

Opt for green cleaners. Harsh chemical cleaners may irritate those with allergies. Luckily, it’s quite easy to find safe and effective natural cleaners, so work on cutting out the synthetic stuff.

Wash linens in hot water. Bedding, towels, and kitchen linens should be laundered in hot water – remember that when you are shopping and choose fabrics that can stand the heat and inks that won’t fade.

Replace filters in fans and heating/cooling systems. This is key for keeping the air in your home clean. Change the filter in your bathroom exhaust system, air conditioning, or heating system often.

Keeping your home in good condition also means to secure reliable homeowners insurance. For quality homeowners insurancevisit the professionals at All Nevada Insurance. We serve Las Vegas, Henderson, and neighboring cities on Nevada!