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!
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.
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 :)
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!
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 :)
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!”
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 :)
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