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Monday Morning Practice: Just add water

Written by Allison Wolf

Having problems with maintaining your concentration at work? Try drinking more water.

This is so very simple yet not something I had thought of before a client mentioned this to me last week.

John reported that his efforts to drink more water were reaping unexpected dividends for him – better concentration and focus at work.

There has been very little scientific research into the effects of mild dehydration, but John and I did find a number of studies pointing to a connection between dehydration and lack of focus.

One study reported in December 2011 by the Journal of Nutrition researched the effects of mild dehydration on healthy young women. The study concluded that “degraded mood, increased perception of task difficulty, lower concentration, and headache symptoms resulted from 1.36% dehydration in females.”

This is a simple experiment to try at work. If you are having trouble focusing at work, up your water intake and see if you notice any improvement.

Let me know what you discover.

(And in case you are wondering, I consumed a glass of water while writing this post.)



About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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