As I flip into a new page of my journal each day, I write the date on the top right corner.
I’m not sure if it was the muscle memory or a mental process, but either way, it triggered a distinct memory of writing the date on the top of notes during grade school (K-12).
I propose that the action of writing down the date is a very calibrating experience that help refocus your mind into the present.
A digital understanding of the time is good, but thinking about the date, processing what the format and how it would be written on paper, and actualizing it by actually writing it down, is a different experience.
In school, it would feel like the days would go by slowly and this was a bad thing.
In the last few weeks, I’ve felt very content with how my time is going slowly, and it’s a good thing.
I’m no longer anxious with time slipping away, rather, look forward to planning my day, writing what’s important to me, and acting on it, all after writing down the day’s date.