When you work all day long, whether it be in an office or with the kids or BOTH, it’s easy to be distracted from drinking as much water as you should – Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.
As an efficiency tip, you’re more productive when your body is being taken care of! You may not think it directly affects your productivity, but give this a shot and tell me if you don’t feel more alert, focused or on task.
Dehydration doesn’t have to be severe. Many of us are dehydrated often, and don’t realize it or what it does to our bodies. It can cause serious illness if not addressed. The slightest dehydration affects your brain function and energy levels.
According to this great article, The Benefits Of Hydration On Productivity byHabitgrowth.comstates that even mild dehydration can impair cognitive performance. Who wants to be hindered by something we can control? I know I don’t.
A study in 2013 showed that drinking the proper amount of water resulted in a 14% increase in productivity.
I firmly believe that we need to take care of our bodies, and if we can do this holistically, that is the best way. What better way than water?
If you’re not sure how you can drink that much water in a day or wondering how you’ll find the opportunity to consume 62 oz. of water, here are some tips:
- Go to the bathroom, drink water
- Use a reusable water bottle (larger the size the better) – try to drink one before lunch and after
- Drink water with every meal and/or before consuming alcoholic beverages
- Add flavor to your water bottle (you’ll want to drink more)
- Dilute sugary drinks with water and/or ice
If you like water it can still be difficult to drink 64 oz. in 24 hours! If you don’t like water, do what you can to drink more because your body needs it!