Have you ever felt like your handwriting was not perfect? I have. Perfectionism is a very real thing within the planner community. From planner spreads to daily inserts, planner babes across the planner community have thought twice before hitting that post button, including myself.
The Perfect Handwriting
As planners, we need to get over the fear of our own handwriting. This definitely adds to planner overwhelm & perfectionism. Why do we have to have this aesthetically pleasing handwriting for Instagram? I began criticizing my own handwriting the more concerned I became with my planner aesthetic. Who was I becoming? What I love most about planning is creating a planner that represents me with dashboards, vellums, stickers, charms & bows. Why did I care what anyone thought about my handwriting?
We need to get over the fear of our own handwriting.-The Minimal Sophisticate
The truth is I thought I needed to have a certain planning style for me to be included. What I learned is that there are many amazing planners in this community, who have various planning styles, forms of writing & sharing their love of planning. I definitely felt like my handwriting was not good enough. Most importantly, I needed to look within & understand that I needed to love all aspects of my planning.
Don’t Let Perfectionism Stop Your Joy
How can you get over our fear of not having the perfect handwriting? We need to love all aspects of ourselves & this includes our handwriting. Planning should not be focused on what is aesthetically pleasing for Instagram. Is it functional? Did you accomplish your tasks for the day? Were you able to complete some goals? We need to stop being overly critical of ourselves & begin to appreciate our own planning style, handwriting included. Perfectionism should not stop us from hitting that post button or sharing our love of planning with others in the community. Continue to bring joy in your life with your love of planning & stop comparing your handwriting with others. Your writing is authentically who you are & it is perfectly imperfect.
I have made progress in the aspects of perfectionism & as I share more about myself, I realized I’m slowly sharing my imperfect handwriting. I’m learning to love all aspects of my writing & it is slowly showing up on my Instagram feed. So embrace your journey in writing, in planning & in all aspects of life. The truth is perfectionism is not necessary when it comes to planning & neither is the perfect handwriting.
Thanks so much for reading.
-The Minimal Sophisticate