Motivate yourself: Drink some water.

By Julian in Resources

Okay, I’m sure you all are aware of the importance of water. Now, I’m not referencing the shortages of fresh, or clean, water in the world – I’m talking about water in your body. Its one of the fundamental necessities of life. Not to begin a begin a boring health lecture on a start-up blog here, I’ll get right to the point. 

A few days ago I came across an article guest written by Alex Shalman on John Chow’s blog. The article was called “With better health comes more money online”, and later went on to introduce what I’d like to share with you today. Shalman brings up a list of nine things one can do to benefit your healthy workflow. The first suggestion on the list goes something like:

Drink A Tub Full of Water. The recommended daily water intake is 64 ounces on average. However, the majority of people walk around dehydrated for most of their lives. Water gives you energy, focus, and motivation. Drink more.

This seems easy enough, but I realize how many times I’ve tried to drink at least a glass of water per day, and how many times I’ve failed at doing this consistently. Fortunately, I ended up finding a great way of ensuring my daily water intake is at least something, and this ‘way’ is what I’ll be teaching you with this post.

My theory is very simple, and its very possible it won’t work for others, but I’ve been doing this frequently and it works well for me. Put a glass (or a bottle) of water on your desk. That’s it. If I ever have any beverage sitting next to me as I work on tha’ machine, consider it gone in an hour or two. It seems like I do this subconsciously, as I never realize that I’ve finished the water once I actually do. Try it out for yourself, see if it works, and if it does who knows? You may feel more energized, and more motivated to do some work on your start-up.

To spice this post up, I’ve added a hopefully inspiration detailed documentation on how easily a glass of water goes down. Enjoy.

Fig. 1.1: Full glass waiting to be consumed.

Fig. 1.2: Nearly half of the liquid has been consumed

Fig. 1.3: Getting there

Fig. 1.4: Success!

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13 Responses to “Motivate yourself: Drink some water.”

  • Threeman:
    March 30th, 2008
    8:48 pm

    Heh I might try this out.

    Though I hate water. Its like tasteless :(

  • Julian:
    March 30th, 2008
    8:53 pm

    Threeman: Mix in some fruit. ;)

  • conrad:
    March 30th, 2008
    9:43 pm

    There are many mixers out there, crystal light makes little packages just for one glass or bottle.

  • Jason Jenkins:
    March 31st, 2008
    7:08 am

    dont drink out of a glass…drink out the bottle and youll drink more, just my opinion..

  • brandond:
    March 31st, 2008
    8:56 am

    I’m in the same boat, I go through cans and cans of Vault a day, living off the caffeine. But have since found something better… Fruit2o energy. Has caffeine in the water and it’s flavored. I’m in the same boat when it comes to wateraa, it tasteless and boring.

  • Spencer:
    March 31st, 2008
    10:24 am

    *goes to get a glass of water*

  • Tom:
    March 31st, 2008
    10:34 am

    i mean, like 3 30″ inch screens or what? :D

  • David:
    March 31st, 2008
    1:18 pm

    Tom, actually I believe there are 4.

  • Jon:
    March 31st, 2008
    1:40 pm

  • butterflower:
    March 31st, 2008
    2:03 pm

    i used to be like u. i love sweet stuff and i never really mind about my weight (gained 13kg in 4 years – gain a lot, lost a little and gain more than the lost weight…) even when my friends started to shout “ur fat!!!” in the cafeteria. not until one day my bmi hit the “overweight” range. i tried to drink lots of plain water instead of sodas. hehe…

    some research said if ur not thirsty then u don’t need to drink the 8 glasses per day. plus u do drink other stuff too right? tea, soda, soup, coffee, ice cream – basically they count as “water” but they contain calories so that’s why the healthy people say 8 glasses of water

    put some lemon slices if u don’t like the plain boring taste. caffeinated stuff is not so good though. put a big bottle of water near u. u’ll drink more (most people are lazy to drink water just because it’s not there)

  • butterflower:
    March 31st, 2008
    2:07 pm

    oh. drink water when u feel like eating/snacking out of ur normal habit (i’ll drink some 3-4 litres of plain water per day if i really follow this advice)


  • Tom:
    April 1st, 2008
    5:46 pm

    deeemn, the guy is rich. it’s julian, no?

  • water:
    April 2nd, 2008
    1:05 am

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