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August Thefteros Exaday 2020

I have now gone through a full decaday since I started the idea.

Here are my initial observations:

  1. The tracking part hasn’t changed. I track my week tasks on a piece of paper. I’ve updated that paper/printout to be a 10 day rather than 7 day. Tracking stuff hasn’t changed.
  2. I was right about interfacing with work. It’s going to take some effort to try to make that work. That dissonance between the weeks may make the effort not worthwhile.
  3. I think the benefit will be realized when I actually start tracking other projects. Will tracking my personal projects benefit from this decaday? I don’t know, but I haven’t given it a chance yet. So far I’ve tracked calendar items, not projects items. I think that’s where I need to focus next to see if there is any benefit.

What is the decaday?

I’m always trying new techniques to organize my time to better align to my best and most productive self.

Recently, I’ve created the concept of the 10 day week. So, basically a month would be 3 weeks long, with the final week being anywhere from 8 to 11 days depending on the month.

The format will be the week name followed by the day name.

The week names are as follows Protos, Thefteros, Tritos, Tetartos (First, Second, Third, Fourth).

The day names are Enaday, Deoday, Triaday, Tetraday, Pentaday, Exaday, Eptaday, Octoday, Eneaday, Decaday. These are days 1-10 respectively. Months with 31 days would have a 4th week with a single day.

So, the 6th day of the month will be Protos Exaday. Day 14 will be Thefteros Tetraday. The 28th will be Tritos Octoday. The 31st will Tertatos Enaday.

Simple enough.

Why would I do this?

Because I’m a nerd, that’s why. I have no better reason to try this than to see if it will work. Instead of tracking 7 days at a time, is it easier to track 10 days? Can I break my projects into 3 chunks in a month rather than 4 and find it more productive? Will 10 days be a better fit with the nature of life and what I do?

I have absolutely no idea. I don’t know if this will be successful or if this will flop. I will not be disappointed either way. I will have learned something.

Going into this though, I know my difficulty will be interfacing with my work calendar which will inevitably stay 7 day-based.

I’ll update as I go along.