We all process information in different ways. Some people are kinaesthetic (physical) learners, some process things through listening and others need to see things.
I’m a visual person. For me, when something’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. I never remember to check my phone calendar to see what’s happening any particular day. And if my phone doesn’t literally ping, beep and cause a ruckus, I often forget where it is!
I use to wonder why I was so easily distracted from my goals. Why I could never remember to spend time focusing on them. But when I discovered that I was a visual person, it all made sense!
I needed to have a constant visual reminder of what I wanted to achieve. What I was aiming for. If my goals weren’t literally staring me in the face every day. I’d forget I even had them!
So I created a vision board. And in this post, I‘ll break down my process for creating it and share an awesome freebie so that you can create a brilliant vision board too!
1. Know your goals
The first step to creating a vision board you’ll love is to know what your goals are. I’m talking about actionable, attainable goals and any dream goal that may feel impossible right now. No goal or dream is too big!
To create a vision board you’ll love, you need to have goals that inspire you into action when you look at it. If you’re not clear about your goals and need some help, then I recommend that you grab my 90 Day Planner Manual which is a mini goal setting and achievement course rolled into one. It’ll help you map out goals for the year and give you a proven system that you can implement to start making those goals a reality. Grab it here.
In my 90 Day Planner Manual, I talk about creating SMARTER goals. These are goals that are:
- Specific (relates to a very specific thing)
- Measurable (can be measured – how much/long?)
- Actionable (begins with an action word or verb, e.g. write, run, lose)
- Realistic (is possible)
- Time-sensitive (has a deadline)
- Exciting (makes you excited, or at least the end result gets you excited)
- Relevant (makes sense for the season of life you’re in)
My 90 Day Planner goes into much more depth in creating goals. But basically, in order to create your vision board, you need to know what your goals are.
2. Get your supplies
I love this part! Maybe because I often see it as an excuse for some retail therapy! But this is where we gather all the supplies we need to create our vision board.
So, to create your vision board, you’ll need:
You can use any kind of board for this; a corkboard, a pegboard, a magnetic board. If you’re on a serious budget and you can’t find a board anywhere in your home, just clear a space on your wall and use that!
Yes, totally! You see, the main purpose of a vision board is that it’s visible. So even just a blank space on a wall that you look at every day will be effective. You’ll just use different ‘tacking supplies’ which I’ll talk about below.
This refers to the products you’ll use to stick your images, quotes and goals to your board.
- If you’re using a corkboard, you’ll want to have pins or thumbtacks.
- Or if you’re using a magnetic board, you’ll need magnets.
- And if you’re using a pegboard, I recommend covering your board with card or paper to create a background and using washi tape to stick your images and items on it.
- If you’re using your wall, washi tape or masking tape is best so that it doesn’t damage your paintwork.
This part of the process can often take a long time, especially if you’re an indecisive person. But I don’t want you to get held up at this step and not create a vision board that’ll inspire you into action.
Collecting images that relate to your goals and inspire you to work at your them is a crucial part of the vision board process. After all, a vision board is your “vision” of the future, and having images that help you to imagine that vision every day is what a vision board is all about.
One hack for making this step go faster is to use an ‘image only’ site. I’m not talking about Google images or Pinterest. You’ll end up down a rabbit hole of never-ending links. Instead, visit a site like Unsplash or Pexels which house a large number of free stock photos with zero links to new articles and gossip magazines!
Browsing sites like these will mean that you stay on the site and only collect photos. No rabbit holes!
Paper Products & Pens
In addition to images, adding quotes and inspiring words to your vision board will really help you to create a board that’s motivational and uplifting. My board has my Vision Board Cards on them which you can download for free! I also write down my goals on cards and pin them to my board.
Sometimes I just need those quote reminders to persevere and stay strong, especially when I feel like a goal is taking longer to materialise than I’d hoped.
Also, you can use stickers or scraps of old Christmas and birthday cards to beautify your board. Remember, you want it to inspire and motivate you!
3. Create your vision board
This is the fun part! Grab all your supplies and we’ll start creating your vision board!
- First, prep your board. If it needs covering, then do that first. My vision board is an old noticeboard which I covered with padding and some pink scrap fabric I had lying around. I hot-glued fabric onto the noticeboard and embellished it with ribbon and mis-matched buttons from my sewing kit.
- Choose your zones. If you’ve got a few goals that you’ll be putting on your vision board, decide, before you stick things down, what will go where. Will you have your house goal in the top right? Your family holiday in the centre? By deciding where things’ll go before sticking them down, you’ll make it a lot easier for yourself.
- Begin adding items to your board. Working zone by zone, start adding your images, goals and deadlines to your board. Enjoy this process!
- Embellish. Finally, add motivational quotes or inspiring words to your board. If you’ve got stickers or cut-offs from old birthday cards, this is when you’ll add them to your board.
Now stand back and admire your work!