It's a little strange to start with, yeah, but it becomes familiar soon enough.
I typically take a blank sheet of paper, write the date in the top right corner, and then write the action or project in big bold letters.
I'm not entirely sure what's going on, on a psychological level. I think it's sort of confrontational in a way; I'm writing "SHOP FOR DAD'S COFFIN" in big bold letters because I'm the master of this thing and it does not scare me. But that might just be my purely personal response to it.
Anyway, I'd recommend that you give it a try, see how it feels, see how it works for you. You might be happy with it.