There is no way to stop time from running continuously. There hardly is anything as regular as 24 hours being followed by a day and leading into a week, months and years.
But the way time passes by comes with an impression of different speeds.
It seems that the smaller the amount of memorable events, the faster the time flies by. It’s as if there is nothing to hold on to, nothing reminding of the time passing by, nothing interrupting the routine.
That’s where structure comes in. Structure will not only create a plan of what’s coming up it also means regular events interrupting the flow. Their regularity help to have an idea of time and possible achievements between two of them.
But it isn’t sufficient to change how the passing by of time feels. If the only view is the forward-looking view of what’s to be done it is missing out on what has been done.
That’s where looking backward and reviewing what happened since the last time event comes in handy. Seeing what has been achieved is not only an opportunity to sense satisfaction, it is also an opportunity to review what time served you to do.
Interestingly, reviewing a larger time span like a year will create a different sense of achievement than reviewing a week.
It’s easy to overestimate what can be done in a week and normal to underestimate what can be achieved in a year.