This year I decided to make a better effort at reaching my goals both personally and professionally. To help me do that I created a vision board (or dream board as some know it) to put into my daily planner as a reminder and inspiration of what I am reaching for. Think of a vision board as creative visualization that helps you to focus on your goals as you Create A Beautiful LifeTM.
You might be asking, “what is a vision board and how do I create one?” In this post I’ll be answering those questions and how a vision board can help you live with intention and achieve your goals. Having a vision board also helps keep your daily life organized by guiding you towards the steps to take to help you achieve your vision.
The scale of your vision board isn’t important rather it’s about creating a visual tool to manifest your dreams in various parts of your life. Vision boards can be created on poster board, cork boards, magnetic boards or even in bound books and planners.
The benefit of using your planner is you can create a vision planner spread that you can take with you where ever you go. If you work from home, this could be very beneficial (especially if you want to work out of that quaint coffee shop around the corner!). Another benefit is it’s with you most of the day and you can see it all the time.
This is exactly what I did. I wanted to keep my goals pages on hand and I put it in the front of my classic Happy Planner with it’s own tab. I also leave my planner open to that page at the end of every day. That way, when I enter my home office for a new day that’s the first thing I see.
What I love most about my Happy Planner is its’ versatility. Just about any disc bound planner system allows for additions or deletions whenever inspiration strikes you. I did add two more pages to my goals tab since the writing of this post. I’ll share those in a separate blog post.
By using some creativity, keeping a vision board is the best way to visualize your hearts desire. This method of goal achievement has also been called manifesting. Just putting forth your creative energy to create the board or page will already set your goal(s) up for becoming reality. As I always tell my daughter, “dream big!”
Another personal favorite quote of mine is, “have a plan then work that plan.” This method has always worked for me and adding a vision board of my dreams is one way to envision my future and manifest what I seek most. Plus, it’s being creative so that pretty much sealed that deal for me! Once the year ends, I retire the current years’ vision board to a specific notebook to keep as I like to look back on the vision boards I’ve created.
You’ll want to take some time before sitting down to create to decide on the goal areas you want to focus on and what scale of a vision board you want to create. Some suggestions for goal areas are listed below.
Vision Board Goal Areas
- Self Care
Now that you have some background information on what a vision board is and some goal areas, let’s run through the steps to create your own vision planner spread.
01. Set the Mood
To make the most of your creating time, be sure to set aside some time to focus on this project. Maybe go into a quiet room, light a candle, play some soft music and (if you desire) pour yourself a glass of wine. This is you time -add it to your planner calendar as self-care time. Now ask yourself the following question:
- If money were no object and fear was removed….what would you be doing?
02. Gather Your Supplies
My board cover was created with a wash of pink watercolor, washi edging, hand lettering and splashes of gold watercolor paint. My vision board consists of stickers, stamps, washi, images, hand lettering and embellishments.
If you are using paper images, regular glue stick should do the job. If you are using real photos you might want to use liquid glue. Next gather anything that inspires you -photos, pictures, magazine clippings, quotes, words stickers, embellishments, stamps. You’ll also need scissors, pens, markers, paint, and washi tape.
This whole exercise is to get you to select visual representations of your feelings and goals. If you happen to be more into words and quotes (rather than pictures) then you should ask yourself the following three questions. Then find these words in your supplies because they will become central to the creation of your vision planner spread.
- How do you want to feel?
- What do you want to achieve?
- What do you value?
As you begin to answer these questions, write your responses down on paper. Use that list to cull those that most speak to you and that you can find in your stash of supplies. If you don’t have a word or phrase you’d really like….go to the internet and find it.
03. Create a Temporary Page Setup
The best approach is to first decide what you want on your vision board before you glue anything down. There’s nothing worse than gluing something in the wrong place. So my suggestion would be to just lay everything out on top of the page, organize it how you like and then take a picture of it with your phone.
My approach with this task was to simply just start arranging things based purely on my feeling at that time. I also knew, for sure, that I had a plan to put a quote in the center of the page. As each element was placed I got a little more excited for putting this plan into place. I was so over-the-moon happy with how my vision board came out!
04. Use Your Vision Board
Remember, I put my planner on my desk and leave it open to my vision board. That way, it’s the first thing I see when I enter my craft room. Doing it this way helps me to remain laser focused on what I’m working towards and desire. Now, daily when I create my task list, I have at least three things on that list that will help me work towards that goal(s).
If you decide to create a vision board on poster board, hang it in a spot in your home where you will see it multiple times a day. The key is to make sure you are looking at your vision board at least two times per day. This simple act will keep your goal(s) fresh in your mind.
05. Stay On Track
To keep you on track, use your planner to map the steps to take each month to achieve your goal(s). You should end up with monthly, weekly and daily goals. Your vision board serves as you annual goal(s). As it is with most things, at some point you’ll likely feel like you are hitting a road block. Just remember, it’s just a block it’s not impenetrable.
If you need it, take some time (but not too long!) to find a solution to get your past that block. More times than not, it’s ourselves that get in the way of our own success. Address any past issues –journaling helps -talk about them to friends -just don’t ignore them or you will continue chasing your tail and never meeting your goals. Stay focused.
06. You’ve Got This!
You have already taken the first step to achieve your goals, you acknowledged what you want. Then you created the road map to get there (that’s the vision board) and now, everyday, looks a little different because now you know what you’re working towards. Take your vision board planner spread and make your dreams a reality.
If you are inspired to create a vision board for your daily planner don’t forget to share by tagging me on Instagram and using #btdinspired, I’d love to see your work (and I just might repost your photo)!
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