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Name of the Day

Everyone experiences days.

It’s the basic way we move through time, the world, and our lives. For many of us, the names of these days are repetitive and dull. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, on and on. Nothing about these names is personal yet the experience of each day is such a personal event.

Name of the Day is a method in which people name the days they experience and track this list of names wherever they want like a notes app or a document or a calendar or a notebook.

What are people supposed to name the days? Let’s look at one example. 

Say it’s August 6, 2022 and you spill some paint on a pair of your favorite jeans. It annoys you but as you go through the day, you grow to enjoy the color flair it brings. This feels like it makes the current day distinct from previous days and maybe even distinct from future days. So you name the day Paint-Stained Pant Leg Day. 

  • August 6, 2022 – Paint-Stained Pant Leg Day

This instantly packs more meaning than something like Monday or even the slightly more descriptive August 6, 2022. It’s personal. It’s written in a catchy manner which should help with recalling it. And when you revisit it, the name of the day alone is enough to evoke the larger scope of your memories from that day and maybe even that era.

It works like a whole new calendar while serving as a memory aid. 

The more you do it, the more useful the process becomes too. Let’s say one day you’re bored and you’re researching online and you want to see how many days old you are. You discover you’re 10,000 days old. This seems interesting to you so now that day August 7, 2022 becomes 10,000 Days Old Day. Now you have a list or a calendar that looks like: 

  • August 7, 2022 – 10,000 Days Old Day
  • August 6, 2022 – Paint-Stained Pant Leg Day

In only two lines you capture two days worth of your life better than you can with Monday or Tuesday or August 6, 2022 or August 7, 2022. And this benefit stacks and stacks and stacks. 

  • August 8, 2022 – Unbelievable Tacos Day
  • August 7, 2022 – 10,000 Days Old Day
  • August 6, 2022 – Paint-Stained Pant Leg Day

Recalling entire years becomes a simpler matter, each entry with its own identity accompanying the many sensations, memories, experiences and more that encapsulate the day. 

Doing this simple exercise offers benefits including emotional development, reflection, problem solving, identity formation, learning, experimenting, life planning, social support, idea generation, and more.

You truly get to transform the calendar to fit your life. 

Send an email to ty.fugazzie@gmail.com if you’re naming your days and you want to share your list with someone.