We all need plenty of water. We all know this Thankfully I crave water pretty regularly, but even then I’ve had my own struggles with getting enough water in my daily diet.
Over the last two years, I’ve figured out a few key problems that were holding me back from staying properly hydrated and have figured out a simple solution to all of them.
PROBLEM #1: My weekday schedule is very different from my weekend schedule. Weekdays are pretty structured. I have a regular start and end time to my day and have regular access to water. But like pretty much every other mama out there, my weekends are busy, busy, busy. It’s not uncommon to spend 6 to eight hours on my feet without a break. Even though the fridge filter may only be a couple steps away, I often forget to take my cup and fill it up.
PROBLEM #2: Previous offices had filtered water brought in, and I made great use of it. However, about a year ago I switched to an office that doesn’t provide any water, but the water tastes terrible. I’ve never smelled more chlorinated water in my life. I tried to gulp the stuff down, but no amount of ice could mask the terrible taste.
SOLUTION #1: Buy two water cups – at least 20 ounces each. One cup is dedicated to the office and one cup is dedicated to the weekend/vacations. The office cup goes in with me on Monday morning and comes home for a washing on Friday afternoon. But it DOESN’T leave the office during the workweek. That way, it’s always there waiting for me.
Buy a giant water cup for home. Honestly, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect “home” water cup. Most cups I’ve tried either leak when you drink out of them, don’t insulate well enough (for those hot days) or don’t stay sealed well enough to pack in my mom bag.
The clear cup you see here is currently my “home” water cup. I like that it’s a straw instead of a screw top and the insulation is fantastic. I even left it in the hot car in the middle of summer and there was still ice in the cup after 3 hours.
SOLUTION #2: Buy a filtering water bottle. I found my purple Brita filter bottle on clearance at Target last year and it has made a HUGE difference. Office water is finally palatable! I know that there are other portable filtering systems out there, but this bottle has proven itself durable through all sorts of abuse. The only downside is that the filter can make a bit of noise when you’re drinking a fresh fill, and that can prove a bit embarrassing during meetings.
SOLUTION #3: Set a schedule. I actually have scheduled water breaks/targets throughout my day. If I drink one full cup or bottle by each of these points then I know I’ll get plenty of water. And even if I miss one or two targets, I’m still pretty much guaranteed to get the minimum amount of required water.