As a mom running your own business, staying productive is key. But did you know that something as simple as drinking water can immediately boost your productivity? Hydration plays a crucial role in maintaining cognitive function and overall productivity. 

Here’s why keeping hydrated is the best way to ensure you’re making the most of your productive time.

One simple way to Immediately boost your productivity by drinking water, woman holding a glass or water

The Science Behind Hydration and Productivity

A study by Shirreffs et al. (2004) found that rehydrating after dehydration significantly improves mental performance. Participants who rehydrated performed better on attention and memory tasks. Another study by Smith et al. (2012) showed that just a 2% loss in body mass due to dehydration can lead to a notable decline in attention and short-term memory. Gopinathan et al. (1988) also found that dehydration adversely affects reaction time and psychomotor skills.

Even mild dehydration, between 1-2% of total body mass loss, can impact complex tasks involving memory and attention (Cian et al., 2000). This means that even if you’re just a bit dehydrated, your ability to complete important deadlines and complex tasks can suffer. Ganio et al. (2011) (the study was on men but I believe it is the same for women) found that dehydration also negatively influences mood, causing increased fatigue, tension, and anxiety, all of which can impair your ability to stay focused and productive and as a mom, if can manifest in not-such-nice ways at home.

Obviously, this can affect your work both the quality and quantity, but it also has knock-on effect with mom-life. Being more short-tempered, grumpy, constantly feeling run down and exhausted. By taking a five-minute break and rehydrating, this can be significantly improved.

One simple way to Immediately boost your productivity by using a water bottle and gamification. Image shows a water bottle with encouraging words to keep you drinking

Practical Ways to Stay Hydrated

We have all made a cuppa, put it down to deal with a toddler or laundry, only to find it 3 hours later, cold and untouched, some days more often that we care to mention. But there lies half the problem: your brain *thinks* you had a drink, you went through the motions to make one after all, but don’t realise that you never actually drank it.

Try these easy steps, turn them into simple habits to increase your water intake. 

1. Start Your Day with Water: 

Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to kick-start your hydration and boost your energy levels for the day ahead. Water first… then coffee.

Talking of which, tea and coffee can contribute to your daily fluid intake, but they should not be your primary source of hydration. While they do contain water, both beverages also contain caffeine, which has a mild diuretic effect, potentially leading to increased urination and fluid loss. 

However, moderate consumption of tea and coffee can still be part of a healthy hydration plan, as long as you also drink plenty of water throughout the day. Herbal teas, in particular, can be a great way to stay hydrated without the diuretic effects of caffeine.

2. Set Goals for Water Intake: 

Just like setting goals for your daily tasks, set a goal for how much water you’ll drink each day. This little thing can make a big difference in your overall productivity. If gamification motivates you, use an app or tracker to keep you on track. If you use a fitness app, it usually has a water tracker.

two glasses of water with herbs

3. Take Regular Breaks: 

Incorporate drinking water into your regular breaks. Every time you take a short break from your to-do list, have a glass of water. It’s an effective way to ensure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day. This might be easier if you have a set routine and can set specific times to take a break, but if your day is constantly chopping and changing, maybe the next tip will work better for you.

4. Make your water bottle your right-hand man

When you start your day, fill your water bottle and take it with you, whatever you are doing. 

  • Laundry. Water bottle is right there. 
  • Writing emails, he is sitting there with you.
  • School run, don’t forget your new best friend! 

Having it constantly with you will encourage you to take sips throughout the day rather than necking a full glass once an hour. It’s also a good excuse to buy a cute water bottle/cup!

woman sat next to a yellow water bottle that matches her shirt

5. Make Drinking Water Fun: 

When I start working with clients, you would not believe how many people say they don’t ‘like’ water, which is ridiculous if you think about it. What did humans drink before all the shelves of drinks you can get in the supermarket (most of them filled with crap incidentally)? Water, of course, and I get that water does taste different in different parts of the world, but that excuse really doesn’t wash. 

Before you duck away, declaring I’m a lunatic (which may or may not be true) try these ways to jazz up your water, experiment, have some fun. I bet the kids can think of some fun additions too!

  • Add frozen fruit such as blueberries instead of ice
  • Add slices of fruit or vegetables (cucumber is refreshing, wouldn’t recommend onion)
  • Use sparkling water instead of plain
  • Try different fruit syrups. I’m addicted to cinnamon syrup served with sparkling water and a slice of orange. It feels so fancy!
  • Freeze fruit just in ice cube trays and then add a couple to your drink. It gives it a hint of juice flavour.
  • Add herbs, rosemary, mint and basil combined with fruit can make a refreshing drink
fancy water drinks that include frozen fruit, blueberries and raspberries and mint in cute bottles with paper straws

6. Always have water with your meals:

Many cultures do this. It’s one of those little things families do automatically. If you don’t, get into the habit of adding a water pitcher (maybe with ‘fancy’ water) to the dining table every time you sit down for a meal. This will help the kids get into the habit of drinking more too. 

By ensuring that the kids are properly hydrated, the problem of crankiness can often be fixed.

The Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated has numerous benefits that directly impact your productivity levels. Proper hydration can improve your cognitive abilities, making it easier to tackle creative work and complex tasks. It also helps maintain your mental health by reducing feelings of anxiety and fatigue, allowing you to focus on your most important tasks.

Not only that, hydration is essential for physical health. It supports physical exercise, which is another great way to boost productivity. When you’re hydrated, you’re better able to perform physical activities that can help clear your mind and generate new ideas.

And it helps your skin. If you are spending a truckload of money of fancy facial creams but not drinking enough during the day, then I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you are wasting your money.

Hydration and Your Daily Routine

Incorporating hydration into your daily routine can lead to better results in your work and home environment. It’s a simple habit that requires little time but can significantly increase productivity and mental wellbeing.

Whether you’re tackling your work performance or managing different tasks throughout the day, staying hydrated ensures you’re giving your best efforts.

Remember, even the most productive people need to stay hydrated to maintain their productivity levels. So, make hydration a priority, and you’ll see an immediate boost in your productivity, allowing you to achieve your best work and manage your business effectively.

dining table with slice bread and plates settings and a pitcher of orange and lime water

How to Tell If You Are Dehydrated

Recognising dehydration can help you take action before it affects your productivity. Common signs of dehydration include a dry mouth, headache, fatigue, feeling ‘foggy’ and dark yellow wee. 

You might also experience dizziness, difficulty concentrating, and a decrease in cognitive abilities. If you notice any of these telltale signs, it’s a good idea to drink water immediately and make hydration a priority throughout your day. By staying aware of these symptoms, you can maintain optimal hydration and keep your productivity levels high. 

My go-to rule: If I’m not feeling 100% the first thing to do, is drink a glass of water. 

WRAP UP

The most important thing to remember is that these small changes can make a big difference in your day and it is easy and you can do it right now.

Hydration is a simple yet powerful way to immediately boost your productivity. By making sure you drink enough water, you’ll enhance your cognitive function, improve your mood, and increase your overall productivity. As a productivity coach, I encourage you to take this small step towards a more productive and healthy work environment. Start today by incorporating these easy hydration tips into your daily routine and watch how it transforms your productivity and well-being.

Stay hydrated, stay productive!

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