One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be more creative and one way I’m doing that is picking creativity exercises from the brilliant book Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 exercises to wake up your brain.
Here’s this month’s challenge
What day is it?
The week of seven days was adopted in Rome somewhere about 400 AD and spread into Europe, but it had been recognised long before that in the East. The names of the days are generally associated with Roman mythology.
It’s time they received a contemporary change. Your task is to rename the days of the week to be more modern. They can all be associated with a theme, or they can all have different meanings. They can be as long or as short as your like, but they must all end with the suffix “-day” like they do know.
First up, the names of the days of the week in English are generally associated with Norse mythology, not Roman. Latin based languages adapted the names via Roman Gods, so Friday is named after Frigg/Freya, the wife of Odin. She was often associated with love, and connected to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, and Friday in Italian and French became venerdì and vendredi respectively. That’s the factual detour out of the way, now I can get creative.
First, what if we just numbered the days? Oneday, Twoday, Threeday, Fourday, Fiveday, Sixday, Sevenday
It’s much easier to remember, and handy for foreigners learning English. In fact Mandarin Chinese does this, for six of the seven days, and it is very easy to learn. Slavic languages also use numbers in naming some days, but in a more complicated way, and Sunday is something like “no work day” in Czech which is genius.
A random co-incidence there are seven colours in the rainbow so how about:
Day Day Day Day Day Day Day
It may appeal to people with synesthesia, less useful for people who are colour-blind. Tricky for design and colour printing.
I have rather neutral associations with the actual words for days of the week, maybe if I renamed the days I could have positive association.
Monday becomes Beginday
The first day of the week and you get to start new things
Tuesday becomes Dashday
For some reason Tuesday is often a day for lots of meetings and actions, which sounds heavy unless I think of it as dashing my way through the meetings and then it sounds fun.
Wednesday becomes Focusday
We’re in the middle of things, time to focus on the centre of what needs to be done
Thursday becomes Doday
A day to get things done with the energy of Thor
Friday becomes Capday
Time to cap off the week and plan for the next week
Saturday becomes Playday
A day for socialising, for meeting friends, for watching movies and doing the fun things of the week.
Sunday becomes Createday
On Createday I will write and work on creative hobbies.
Did this exercise break out the creativity? Yes, it was fun to think about it from different angles and throw some different languages into a post for once. Will I really use my new days of the week? Sort of, it feels positive to give working days a theme, but I can’t completely control my calendar so the theme remains loose during the week. As for the weekend – that’s already a reality.