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I am perpetually dehydrated. I can tell this because my skin is dry, my cuticles are dry, I am often fatigued, and often thirsty.
Yet I cannot seem to remember to drink more water. I’ve been looking for a new way to do this, and I think it applies to forming any new habit, so I thought I would share.
Use a timer. while I have used timers for many different things throughout the years, it has never been as a reminder to do something. In this case, I have a timer set up to chirp every hour, on the quarter hour, so that I remember to drink a glass of water.
Here are some things I did to make sure I would heed the timer:
- I used a timer that would reset itself. I never have to remember to set the timer for the next interval; the software does that automatically.
- I use a device that is always with me. I am rarely without my iPod Touch. So I use that device to handle the timers.
- I use a sound I use nowhere else. I know the sound belongs to the water reminder, so I never get confused with other sounds.
Is this perfect? No. I still find myself slipping into a habit of ignoring the timer. But it’s the simplest method I have tried so far. Any suggestions on how you build a new habit that requires multiple times per day? Share below.
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