You might be thinking ‘what do World Backup Day and the water cooler have in common?’ – well, the answer to that would be ‘habit’!

You see, the majority of us don’t do either often enough – we don’t backup our data often enough, and we don’t drink water often enough to keep our bodies sufficiently hydrated.

Let’s start with World Backup Day:

#WorldBackupDay was founded in 2011 by Youngstown State University student, Ismail Jadun, after he and fellow ‘redditors’ were discussing how lax most people were about doing it. He decided that the day before April Fool’s Day was the perfect time to address the issue and spread the word.

Fast forward eight years and his words are still compelling. ‘We all know someone who has lost critical data, whether it was their videos, photos, music, book reports, or personal stuff.  Hopefully this day will make everyone think about their situation, learn about the various options and get their files backed up.  I hope that World Backup Day sparks conversations about the enormous task of saving our digital heritage for future generations.’

So, whatever you do, be sure to make backing up a habit – not just on the 31st but more regularly too.

Let’s move on to the Water Cooler:

We all know how important it is to remain properly hydrated. Water helps to regulate our body temperature; it helps to moisten tissues such as those found in our mouth, eyes, and nose; it helps to lubricate and cushion our joints; it helps to keep our bowel movements regular; it helps our kidneys and liver work smarter; and it’s the carrier of nutrients and oxygen to our cells. And apart from all the physiological benefits of being sufficiently hydrated, there’s the emotional and mental well-being it brings too – it can help stabilise our moods and it’s linked to increased mental acuity and productivity.

We know all this, but do we visit the water cooler often enough during our work day to ensure optimal levels of hydration? For many of us the answer to that would be ‘no’.

So, just like backing up our data should be a regular habit, so too should be drinking water – our digital lives depend on the former, and our actual lives depend on the latter!


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