If you live in West Michigan, you’ve experienced what many refer to as the “dog days” of summer, with heat and humidity at a high point. The name “dog days” came from the ancient Romans because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).
Dogs Days of Summer are marked in this year’s calendar from July 3 – August 11. We often associate the “dog days” as a time where work activity slows down, and we take a break in our hectic schedules to relax by the pool or beach or vacation with our family. Webster’s dictionary also defines “dog days” as a period of stagnation or inactivity. So, it can be a two-edged sword. It is important to take time to relax and even better to spend the day at the beach with a cool breeze instead of working in the heat of the city.
We still need to meet the goals we set at the beginning of the year (or 3rd quarter which was July 1) and not allow the lazy, hazy days of summer to interrupt our momentum and get us off track. This is one reason why a routine can be so important. Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, win the morning, win the day? High achievers agree that what you do in the first 60 minutes of your day impacts the remaining 1380.
Avoid starting your day with the news, social media or checking e-mail. Start with a routine that includes inspiration, meditation and physical activity. Start with meditation or prayer, then spend a few minutes reading from a good book, listening to a motivational podcast, and end by stretching or taking a walk.
You can create your own order of things and find what gives you the best jump start to your day. Creating a positive habit to sustain you over the remainder of the day is one of the best things you can do for your success and those around you.
Already have a morning routine that sets your day off to a great start? Share it in the comments below.