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7 Ways to Drink More Water

7 Ways to Drink More Water

You could survive for a month without food, but you’d be dead in a week without water. If knowing that makes you think staying hydrated might be a good idea, here’s 8 ways to drink more water.

1. Drink and drive.

Buy a reusable bottle (for bonus points, garnish it with stickers or decorations of some kind to make it your own) and keep it in your car. Sipping on it as you go about your day can add up depending on how much you drive; and if you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, at least you’ll be hydrated.

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2. Drink on the job.

It’s easy to forget about drinking (water) on the job if you get busy working on what seems like a never-ending To-Do List. Keep a bottle of water in a visible place so you’ll remember to drink it. To keep it simple, just take a few sips every hour on the hour.

3. Coffee drinkers rejoice.

Good news for coffee fans: coffee may be included in your water tally. Before you get too excited, I’m not endorsing the daily Starbucks visit I know so many of you are fond of; you’d be better off brewing your own coffee at home. Add a dash of cinnamon, drizzle of honey, and splash of milk to improve the flavor.

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4. Think about all the money you could save.

Think that $3 soda was expensive? You don’t know the half of it.

A single serving of soda only costs the average restaurant 5 to 20 cents. In other words: don’t be too thankful for those free refills (trust me, they can afford it). Don’t endorse such a mark-up by purchasing soda when you dine out; instead, order a water to get healthy and save cash. Just look at the facts:

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The average American eats out 4-5 times per week; based on the assumption of 20 restaurant visits per month, let’s do some math:

20 restaurant visits per month X $3 per soda = $60 saved per month, or $720 in a year (which is more than enough to invest in an amazing experience like a cruise to an exotic country, getaway to a bed and breakfast, or trip to the beach).  

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5. There’s an app for that.

If you keep forgetting to stay hydrated, download a free app like Hydro that includes a water consumption calculator text reminders of your goal. For more fitness apps that might be useful, click here.

6. What to do if you think water is boring.

There is no escaping the fact that water might not fill your taste buds with glee in the way that artificially sweetened beverages do. As a past Mt. Dew addict, trust me when I say, “I know the feeling.” But just like a little creativity can take your morning coffee from zero to hero (dash of cinnamon + drizzle of honey + splash of milk. Try it‒you won’t regret it), water can be made more exciting. Add chunks of fresh fruit to your water for a more enjoyable natural flavor. If you’re looking for suggestions, try lemon, lime, watermelon, and orange. Experiment with different kinds of fruit (and even with combinations of fruit) until you discover your perfect recipe.

7. Keep it simple.

I know the often repeated recommendation of “drink 8 glasses of water a day” might sound like a lot, but it’s really not. To hit your daily quota of 64 oz., just consume 10-12 oz. (a little over a serving) of water at the following times every day:

  • As soon as you wake up (dehydration results in brain fatigue, so let’s fix that right away
  • Before breakfast, lunch, and dinner (sometimes hunger is thirst in disguise, so this will prevent over-eating)
  • An hour before bed (close enough to bed-time to keep you hydrated, not so close you’ll wake up having to pee)

Your ideal water intake could be more or less than 64 oz. depending on a variety of things, like your activity level and body composition, so it’s okay to experiment until you figure out what’s best for you. Stick with the schedule listed above, but feel free to increase or decrease your serving amounts in the direction of your needs and goals.

If you know of any extra ways to drink more water not listed here, tell us all about it in the comments!

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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