Adapting to my New Calendar System

This follow up is already loooong overdue. But just to make things short, I have set every calendar on my devices to Monday.

And I think it has made my life a little bit easier especially now that I am writing Weeknotes. It really gets me excited for the week ahead when Monday feels like a fresh start. I know lots of folks still consider Sunday the start of the week, but for your average 9-to-5er, Monday as day one just works.

That said, it did mess with my head at first. I’d lose track of what day it was and make silly mistakes — like thinking I still had a whole extra day to get my laundry done when really it was Friday! Old habits die hard I guess. As a visual learner who thinks in spatial patterns, the traditional calendar layout with Sunday on the far left visually implies it as the start. This left-to-right orientation positions Sunday as the beginning in my mind. Suddenly shifting the start to Monday disrupted that visual flow and made the calendar layout feel out of sync. So I had a lot of relearning to do in the process of adjusting to this.

Culturally, Sunday has traditionally been the start of the week here in the Philippines and all the customized commercial calendars reflect that. So I don’t think it’s possible to have the Monday as the start of the week in these calendars.

Traditional Philippine Calendar in Filipino homes
Traditional Philippine Calendar in Filipino homes

I’m still adjusting even if it’s been months, but overall I’m happy I made the switch.

Thoughts? Email me.

Did you find this post useful?

Please consider sharing it with your friends. This blog is entirely self-funded, and relies on the generosity of readers to keep things active and ad free. If you would like to support my work, you can make a one-time or recurring donation here

Buy Me A Coffee