By now, you’ve probably all heard the old rule that you should drink eight cups of water per day. Sounds simple enough, but when you’re thinking about the zillion other things you need to do, it’s easy to forget about staying hydrated. In a quest to drink more water, I discovered something stupid simple that helps me get almost twice the recommended amount of water per day:
I keep a pitcher on my desk at all times.
The pitcher I have holds about 5 cups, which seems to be the perfect amount for me. I drink one pitcher in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one at night. This gives me 15 cups — almost twice as much as I technically need, but all the better for my health and hydration.
Having a pitcher on my desk is awesome for a few reasons:
- I don’t have to keep track of how many glasses I’m drinking. By measuring out how much my pitcher holds, it’s easy to know how much I’ve been drinking, since I only need to keep track of how many pitchers I’ve had, rather than how many cups.
- It makes me feel oddly accomplished when I finish a pitcher. A nice little confidence boost when I’m feeling sluggish in the afternoon. 😉
- Water is always at my fingertips. If you want to create better habits, make them 20 seconds easier to do. This way, I don’t have to walk to the kitchen and get a new glass. It’s always right there, ready for a refill.
This works well for me since I work at my desk most of the day. Are you always on the go? Try bringing a large, refillable water bottle with you. I had a friend who did this, and she said she felt motivated to drink more water so that the bottle would become lighter to carry. Smart!
How do you get enough water during the day?