Work Like a Dog Day 2018 – August 5

It may be a dog eat dog kind of world out there, which can force you to work like a dog even during the dog days of summer. Okay, that’s enough dog idioms in one sentence. Inspired by the strong work ethic of canines, especially service dogs, Work Like a Dog Day is meant to honor people who put in that extra bit of hard work. Celebrated on August 5, the day is an opportunity to appreciate the hard workers around you (or rant about the unfairness of the capitalist system and life, in general). Whatever your sentiments are about the day, we have got some fun ideas to observe this unusual holiday.

Work Like a Dog Day - History

2016
The Age of AI is Almost Upon Us

Artificial intelligence algorithm developed by Google beat a human at Go, a Chinese board game that's tougher than chess.

1997
Artificial Intelligence Makes a Big Breakthrough

Deep Blue, IBM's supercomputer, beat world champion Garry Kasparov at chess.

1700s
The Start of Industrial Revolution

The invention of a spinning jenny and a series of other innovations heralded the industrial revolution, thus paving the way for more productivity, and ironically, more overworked humans.

Work Like a Dog Day Activities

1. Put in Some Extra Hours Toward Your Goal
Your boss might not notice you putting in extra effort at work but that shouldn't stop you from working hard. Be inspired by the day and work a little extra towards your personal goals.

2. Remember you local law enforcement
Police officers are often overworked. They toil night and day to maintain law and order. Take this opportunity to recognize their hard work and bring them gifts. Homemade cookies or doughnuts are food ideas.

3. Show Some Ingenuity
Since you are a human, you have an advantage over other animals: your developed brain. If you have been working like a dog for a long time, be inspired by the day and come up with a creative solution that reduces your effort. After all, every invention in history was born out of necessity.

4 Productivity Hacks You Never Knew About

1. Tackle That Challenging Task on a Tuesday

Research shows that almost 40% employees report being the most productive on a Tuesday.

2. Don't Schedule that 4pm meeting

According to numerous employee surveys, most people are at their least productive between 4 pm and 6 pm.

3. Drink to Work

Moderate levels of intoxication can actually improve your productivity, according to a University of Illinois study.

4. Hit the Gym Before Work

According to a University of Bristol study, people are more productive on days when they get some exercise at the start of the day.

Why We Love Work Like a Dog Day

A. It Celebrates Perseverance
In a world dominated by get-rich-quick schemes, it is important to remember that most times, success comes after you have paid your dues (unless you are Kylie Jenner).

B. It Makes You Realize the Word 'Dogged' Comes From Dog
Seriously, while we were compiling this piece, it dawned upon us: 'dogged' comes from dog and literally refers to dog-like qualities, such as persistence, determination, and grit.

C. It Makes You Realize The Ingenuity of Humans
We hated walking long distances so we invented the wheel. We hated making things by hand so we invented industrial machines. Human history is full of examples where our brain has made onerous tasks easier, so fewer people have to work like a dog.

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