21 Ideas for Making The Weeks a Part of Your Life
People've said from time to time that it's hard to really incorporate the weeks into their everyday lives or make any use of them at all... So below I've compiled some friendly suggestions for how to make them a practical and fun addition to your life.
1. If you use Google Calendar, follow the link to access & add the public weeks calendar to your own. Supereasy.
2. If you use an old-fashioned agenda or have a wall calendar hanging around, take 5 mins and write the week name on each Monday, or across all 7 days if you prefer. This way, each time you glance at your calendar, the week names will be staring you in the face.
3. Keep a week diary. Diaries can be annoying to keep on a daily basis. Why not write once a week? You can name each entry for the week it is. At the end of the year you'll have an infallible record of what the weeks were to you! Imagine how amazing this will be after a few consecutive years!!
4. Even if other people have no idea what you're talking about, refer to the weeks overtly or nonchalantly as needed. If they are curious, you can explain the idea or send them over here. If not, at least you are being true to yourself!
5. Bookmark this page (or the page with the calendar itself) for easy one-click access (esp. if you decline to follow ideas 1 and 2).
6. Ask me for a business card of the weeks, so you can always have them with you!
7. Write to me with other ideas! I will probably like all of them.
8. Celebrate the weeks. Each week is the first week of the rest of your life.
9. Look at the night sky. See how it changes from week to week.
10. Learn a new language, or think of another language you already speak, and imagine how you would pronounce or transliterate the week names in that language! Fun exercise.
11. Try and introduce the weeks to a child or toddler who doesn't know or care that this qualifies as nonstandard time-tracking. Not to trick the kid, but to see just how viable this idea is when your brain is limitless and plastic. The kid will grow, too.
12. Pick a week, any week. Then think about where you were or what you were doing during that week for the last 10 or so years of your life. If you are young, or have lots of time, you have no excuse not to do this exercise for your entire life. Ask your parents or caretakers if you can't remember the beginning!
13. Don't worry about memorizing the weeks, unless that is something you are genuinely into. Instead, try to just always be aware of what week it is *right now* and what last week and next week are called. That way you'll be able to use the week names in your daily conversations, planning, and short-term recall.
14. Imagine other people or organizations whom the weeks might benefit. I gave the example (elsewhere on this site) of a certain magazine employing the week names to denote its weekly issues. Are there any special people or corporate bodies in your life who might want to make use of the Weeks? Maybe you know someone who sits on a board with weekly meetings? Or someone who writes for a bulletin that comes out every Friday? Even if you don't know anyone specifically doing anything like this, think of possible other applications of this system.
15. If you believe in an Abrahamic religion, think about Genesis. What a week!
16. Whatever your beliefs, plant something in the earth. In a week it will be a little different. If you don't have access to arable land, you can get the same effect by keeping some fresh herbs in the fridge for a week.
17. When you hear about important upcoming dates, immediately associate them with the week(s) they'll take place in. For example, in 2014, Alex and Tom are getting married in Lispeen. I can't go : (
18. If you watch a weekly TV show, rename all the episodes in your head after their week names. I don't know exactly how DVR works, but I feel like the Weeks could be useful here.
19. Do independent research on the history of calendars. It is absolutely fascinating!
20. Make your own calendar of the Weeks, not cause you don't like mine, but because you want to take it to the next level.
21. Have fun every week.