Why Your Journal Shouldn’t Be Perfect – Keep a Messy Journal
When many people think of journaling, they imagine themselves writing perfect notes in a beautifully bound book. It’s a very lovely image, but it’s rare that real-life fit the images in our minds. It’s important to remember that it’s okay for things to be different than we may have pictured them to be. In fact, that’s just a big part of what makes life fun and interesting. Life is rarely perfectly presentable. It’s messy, and it’s okay for your journal to reflect that by being messy too. Take a look at all the reasons your journal shouldn’t be perfect and why it’s okay for it to be a mess sometimes. You’ll actually benefit by avoiding perfection in your journaling. Let me show you how.
When you go in with the idea that you’re allowed to be messy in your journal, you toss perfectionism to the side. It’s liberating to realize you can make mistakes and that it won’t be the end of the world. Sometimes those blank pages can be the most intimidating part of getting started. Once you begin, you’ll see that “messing up” a page isn’t that big of a deal. It’s nothing that can’t be overcome. You’ll reduce your anxiety and stress when you take away the idea of perfection.
Once you’re no longer worried about being perfect, you’ll simply accomplish more. You can move forward with a clearer head knowing that mistakes aren’t a big deal. If you really hate a page, you can always rip it out and start again. Covering the errors with another piece of paper, small ephemera or drawing is also a possibility. So, let go of your worry and just get down to writing. You’ll soon see how much you can accomplish.
Your journal is yours and yours alone. It’s a place that’s meant to be customized. The thoughts, drawings, and musings belong to you. Because they’re yours, they should reflect your character, personality, and authenticity. That includes your mistakes and your mess. So, don’t hesitate to write, collage, or doodle whatever comes to mind for you. Toss worry to the curb and make your journal your own.
Have fun with your journal. It’s meant to be used. Things that are used and well-loved always include mistakes and messes. Enjoy the process.
Coach Jackie Out.
- Welcome and Why You Should Start Journaling – Day 1
- Two Super Simple Ways to Start Journaling – Day 2
- What Should You Write in Your Journal – Day 3
- Keeping It Simple and Functional with a Bullet Journal – Day 4
- Use Your Journal as a Creative Outlet – Day 5
- Commit to Journaling Every Single Day – Even if it’s Just a Line – Day 6
- Have You Heard of Gratitude Journals – Day 7
- Pen & Paper or Digital? What’s Your Journaling Medium – Day 8
- Journaling Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive – Frugal Ways to Get Started – Day 9
- Mobile Journaling Ideas for Your Smart Phone – Day 10
- Difference Between a Diary and a Journal – Day 11
- Using a Journal to Work Through Your Emotions – Day 12
- How a Journal Can Boost Your Productivity – Day 13
- Make Your Journal Your Accountability Partner – Day 14
- Journal Like You’re Already There – A Written Spin – Fake It Until You Make It – Day 15
- Journal Before Bed to Improve Your Sleep – Day 16
- Journal in the Morning to Start Your Day – Day 17
- Do You Want to Read More? Try Book Journaling – Day 18
- Three Things to Try When Journaling Seems Overwhelming – Day 19
- Browse Through Your Journal to Figure Out What is Working and Was Isn’t – Day 20
- Journal Prompts to Help You Get Unstuck – Day 21
- Have You Heard of Morning Pages? – Day 22
- Using Daily Check-In Questions and Journaling Prompts – Day 23
- Try Daily Collage Pages to Tap into Your Creative Side – Day 24
- Use Your Journal to Overcome Fear and Make Big Decisions – Day 25