When designing a weekly calendar, you should understand the importance of all elements that must be present in your calendar design, including weekly calendar numbers, the label for days, etc.
Weekly Calendar Numbers
If you plan to design your weekly calendar yourself and don’t know what elements to include in your calendar, here we will show you all important elements that your calendar must have and why those elements are considered important.
The core element of a weekly calendar is the calendar table. The calendar table is intended to contain many elements that the calendar must have, including labels for days and hours and empty fields where you will write important notes.
Although weekly calendar numbers, which determine the week number of the associated calendar, are not always included in the table, they can also be written on the top-left empty cell of the table if this cell is regarded as an intersection cell (read below) that is rarely used.
The most commonly applied table structure for a weekly calendar table goes as follows.
Rows and columns
The table usually consists of 7 columns which represent the 7 days of the week, so Monday is generally written on the header row of the leftmost column and Sunday is on the rightmost column. If the weekly calendar is used to plan all activities on an hourly basis, an extra column on the left will be added.
This column will include rows that represent hourly spans in a day, i.e. 6 am – 7 am, 7 am – 8 am, etc. The top row of this column, which intersects with the first column of the header row, is regarded as an intersection cell which is rarely used. You can use this empty cell to write down weekly calendar numbers, i.e. week 1, week 2, etc.
Table’s Labels and Borders
The table’s labels include the names of days on the header row on the top and hourly time spans on the header column on the left. The intersection cell can be left empty or filled with weekly calendar numbers, which are the ordinal numbers of the week associated with the weekly calendars that you design.
Table borders, both internal and external, don’t have to be visible; however, making them visible is highly desirable because of one clear reason: people generally use a weekly calendar as a planner in which they will do a lot of note taking. With no visible border, writing a note for a specific hour on a specific day would be a pain.
Extra visual clues will make your weekly calendar easier to read. You can, for example, use a distinctive color for the header row and column and use alternating colors for the note taking rows and/or columns.
A distinctive color for the weekly calendar numbers field can also be used to give you a clearer clue about the week number associated with your calendar.
These are labels that are placed outside the calendar table. These may include calendar’s title, legends for symbols that you use in your calendar, or weekly calendar numbers if you decide not to put them in the intersection cell.
This weekly calendar element is important because it tells you about the main purpose of the weekly planner and about some specific information concerning why and how to use the calendar.
Just like other calendar types, a weekly calendar can also be made attractive by adding certain decorative elements. You can decorate the calendar by adding illustrations, photos, and images or by modifying the visual look of its core elements.
For example, you can write the weekly calendar numbers using a fancier, bigger, and more colorful font so that the number becomes more visible and discernible.