I’m a recovering perfectionist. For the longest time, the only way that I could work on any kind of creative project or craft was if I was satisfied that it was absolutely flawless– which meant that I didn’t do a whole lot of crafting. I let my fear of imperfections get in the way of my love for DIY and crafts, but lately I’ve begun to try to see things in a different light.
I will hold myself to the standard of grace, not perfection. That quote has resonated with me since I first heard it, and it reminds me that in the end, perfect isn’t what matters. When I’m working on a craft or one of my planners and I make a mistake– once upon a time not-so-long-ago that would have been the cue to trash the entire page or project and start over (or not, in most cases)— but now I’m trying to see the flaws as something fixable, or barring that, I just tell myself that a mistake isn’t the end of the world and that I’m allowed to move forward. I’m trying to teach myself that less-than-perfect is still good enough when it comes to my planner and my crafts.
Today I made a set of planner dividers in preparation for my new Kate Spade Wellesley, and it was a perfect (ahem) test of my new-found resolution to accept imperfections.
My dividers turned out beautifully, but that little voice in my head is still nagging at me that my cursive is ugly, and that I should have just written in print. It’s always the littlest things. But– I’ve decided that my dividers are good enough, and even if the script isn’t the most gorgeous, oh well— that’s okay.
I run into that nagging, overly-critical voice in a lot of places– when I’m decorating my planner, when I’m taking photos for my blog, when I’m making DIY accessories or other crafty projects, and even when I’m writing my actual posts. I’m still learning how to shut down the unnecessary mental criticism and walk away from it, but it’s finally beginning to get easier.
Are you a perfectionist when it comes to crafting and planning? How have you learned to deal with it?