Work Like a Dog Day – August 5, 2020

Wed Aug 5

It may be a dog-eat-dog world out there, which can force you to work like a dog even during the dog days of summer! Work Like a Dog Day, which is celebrated on August 5, honors people who put in that extra bit of hard work. This quirky day is inspired by the reputed strong work ethic of canines, especially service dogs. Today, pause to appreciate the hard workers who inspire (or in some cases, frustrate) you. There’s no other day like this one so stick around because we’re sharing some fun ideas for the hard-working canine in you! 

Work Like a Dog Day timeline

The Age of AI is almost here

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

Artificial Intelligence makes a big breakthrough

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

The start of the Industrial Revolution

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

Work Like a Dog Day Activities

  1. Put in some extra hours towards your goal

    Your boss might not notice you putting in extra effort at work but that shouldn't stop you from working diligently. Be inspired by the day and work a little harder. It will pay off in the long run.

  2. Remember your 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. Be creative

    Since you are a human, you have an advantage over other animals: your developed brain. If you've been working like a dog for a long time, get inspired to come up with a creative solution that reduces your effort. After all, every invention in history was born out of necessity.

3 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 4 p.m. meeting

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

  3. 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

  1. It pays to persevere

    In a world dominated by get-rich-quick schemes, National Work Like a Dog Day reminds us success comes after you have paid your dues. (Or, success comes if you're lucky enough to marry rich.)

  2. It reminds you that the word 'dogged' comes from dog

    Seriously, while we were compiling this piece, it dawned on us that 'dogged' comes from dog. Dogged literally refers to possessing dog-like qualities, such as persistence, determination and grit.

  3. It's a testament to human ingenuity

    We hated walking long distances so we invented the wheel. We got tired of making things by hand so we invented industrial machines. Human history is full of examples where our brains have made tedious tasks easier so fewer people have to work like dogs.

Work Like a Dog Day dates

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