Bullet Journal Mistakes

Today, I'm doing a flip-through of some of my mistakes in my Bullet Journals. Mistakes are what make us human, after all... and I think they should be celebrated :)

One of the biggest questions I get asked over and over again is how I handle mistakes in my Bullet Journal. Or if I even make mistakes at all! The short answer is “YES, I make mistakes”, but I thought it was high time to show some of them up close for the entire world to see… eek!

Today I’m going to be flipping through just a few of the mistakes that I’ve made in ALL of my Bullet Journals so far.

Ready? Let’s do it!

Today, I'm doing a flip-through of some of my mistakes in my Bullet Journals. Mistakes are what make us human, after all... and I think they should be celebrated :)

Before I start showing you the Bullet Journal Mistakes I’ve made, I think it’s important to talk about mistakes in general. They are ultimately what make us human, after all.

I want you to sit there for a second and imagine what the world would be like if we were all perfect.

“Perfect is very boring, and if you happen to have a different look, that’s a celebration of human nature, I think. If we were all symmetrical and perfect, life would be very dull.” – Natalie Dormer

Mistakes allow us to learn, improve, and give us the experience we need to move forward in life. As Natalie Dormer said in the quote above… life would be pretty darn boring if we were all perfect creatures.

Here’s a great article about why mistakes are a good thing!

So, today I want to celebrate the mistakes that we make…

BULLET JOURNAL MISTAKES

One of the most common Bullet Journal mistakes — at least for me — is to write the wrong day of the week for my daily header. It happens more often than I’d like to admit, but I like to have fun with it! Here are a few ways that I’ve “fixed” those mistakes while still being able to celebrate them and laugh at myself a little bit:

It happens more often than I’d like to admit, but I like to have fun with it! Here are a few ways that I’ve “fixed” those mistakes while still being able to celebrate them and laugh at myself a little bit:

The second most common mistake that I make is diving in without a plan and messing up an entire page. If I was to flip through each of my journals page by page, you’d see a lot of failed experiments.

Instead of looking at them as a failure, though, I like to think of them as learning experiences :)

Today, I'm doing a flip-through of some of my mistakes in my Bullet Journals. Mistakes are what make us human, after all... and I think they should be celebrated :)

In the picture above, I was just starting off on my journey to learn hand lettering. My spacing was totally off, and I made the “mistake” of diving straight in with a pen instead of laying everything out in pencil beforehand.

But that’s OK! I learned from it, put an “X” through the page, and moved on!

Today, I'm doing a flip-through of some of my mistakes in my Bullet Journals. Mistakes are what make us human, after all... and I think they should be celebrated :)

If you look closely under that washi tape, you’ll see some writing. Yet another failed attempt at lettering a quote. Instead of scratching the whole page, I decided to cover it up with a bit of washi and turn the page into something else :)

Today, I'm doing a flip-through of some of my mistakes in my Bullet Journals. Mistakes are what make us human, after all... and I think they should be celebrated :)

Can you see what’s wrong with the above picture? Yup! I decided there needed to be an extra “O” in Europe for some reason! What’s funny is I didn’t even notice it until hundreds of people started commenting about it in this YouTube video.

At first, I really let this get me down. I even thought about fixing it and re-shooting the entire video! Luckily I’ve grown a much tougher skin over the past year and a half, and I decided to leave it as is. Now, I look back on it and giggle… I even have a good internal chuckle every time I write or type the word “Europe!”

Today, I'm doing a flip-through of some of my mistakes in my Bullet Journals. Mistakes are what make us human, after all... and I think they should be celebrated :)

So far, I’ve shown you the “little” mistakes that I’ve made. But what about when you screw up the entire page?

My favorite fix is to print a coloring page on sticker paper and cover the entire page with it. It’s such a great way to turn what could have been a source of agony into something beautiful instead.


Making mistakes is how we learn. They are what make us human. Sure, mistakes can be a nuisance in the moment, but just think of how much experience you’re gaining along the way!

How do you handle mistakes in your Bullet Journal? Let me know in the comments below :)

Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.
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  • Lauren Clark

    “Wednesday was yesterday!” – my favorite!

  • Christina Grandrath

    I make mistakes all the time. But a Bullet Journal is like a living thing not a portfolio. So it doesn’t bother me at all.

  • Vernell Clouden

    If its small correction tape and for bigger ones I have covered over with something colorful. Really tiny ones I just cross off and move on. My new motto is make it interesting not perfect!!!

  • Jenn Dee

    What happens to me is that I leave room for something I am going to come back and do, but never end up doing it, like a new list, collection or quote. My bullet journals are usually filled with blank pages. I love the idea of putting something pretty, like the coloring page and filling that space. I am going to have to start doing that.

    Mostly, for mistakes I make (not omit), I just draw lines through things and move on. Like Christina, mu bullet journal is living, and and my mistakes are part of what makes it mine. They don’t usually bother me.

  • Meg Johannsen

    I am new to bullet journaling (only my 2nd month) so my journal is FILLED with mistakes! Even though I have browsed this site, Pinterest, IG, and FB for ideas and layouts, when I try them myself, some times it just doesn’t look right. Still, I learn from these mistakes and carry on trying!

  • Washi is the best for fixing mistakes! Thankfully much of my bullet journal is simple lists, or I think I’d make a lot more of them. Nobody’s perfect though, and mistakes are definitely just part of the process!

  • Mary Berry

    my goodness. I don’t know how you have time to get anything done with all that fancy lettering and coloring and what not. If I can make the time to do a monthly spread and week spreads, i feel successful. All that drawing is somewhat intimidating.

  • I needed to hear this, thank you for sharing your mistakes with us. I’m still playing around with the layouts and finding wht works – and doesn’t!

  • Meg Geddie

    My Bujo looks like a 9 year old wrote it. Thanks Kara, for this post/video. It helps me not beat myself up for my mistakes (in both my Bujo and life) and inspires me to practice my writing/doodling/planning/etc. <3<3<3

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  • Julia A

    I love the idea of printing a coloring page on sticker paper and using it for a large scale coverup! Luckily with my handwriting I’m just going for legibility