Saturday, 23 December 2017

How to Create a Vision Board for 2018

Vision boards can be a great way of streamlining your goals and giving them a physical presence outside of your mind. I have used images and motivational phrases around my desk for years, but this is the first year I decided to put together targeted visualisation boards. I felt like I needed something I could walk into the room and look at and know whether what I was doing that day was working towards my goals. For people like me, who love to be busy, it's a great way of cutting the chaff out of what you get done each day and not spending time on tasks that don't contribute to your future success.

I've completed two, one for my author life and another for overall balance and success. I wanted to make them on a budget but you can put as much or as little money into them as you like. If you don't want to spend more than paper, ink and glue you can, or go all out with a fancy board, magazine or photo-quality images and other accessories.

The boards cost £6 each, I bought 300 push pins for £1, and the paper and ink for the printer I already had. I wasn't particularly bothered by photo quality (as long as they didn't come out as total crap).

Step 1: Assemble Images 

I spent hours finding images that spoke to what I want to achieve in 2018 and beyond. I used Google, motivational images I already had saved on my computer and Pinterest boards. I copied them all into a word document, scaled them to the sizes I thought would work best and printed them out. I divided the images into piles for the separate boards and a third that would work for either. You can skip dividing them entirely, or divide them into categories by type or size.

Step 2: Arrange them on the Board

Next, I arranged the largest images on the board and placed small images around them. I pinned where I thought I wouldn't need to move, or half-pinned to keep the image from moving. When you're happy with your arrangement, move on to step 3.

Step 3: Secure Your Design

Once you are happy with the design of your board, pin or glue the images in place. I cut up large images to fill in awkward gaps.

Step 4: Place the Board
Put the board somewhere you can see it when you most need it. Mine are going on the wall beside my desk, but I think if you live alone or in a small space on a bedroom wall could be a place to draw inspiration each morning and night. I like the idea of having it somewhere just out of your normal line of sight. That way you aren't desensitised to it, but your eyes can wander to it while you're thinking.

If you have made/make your own visualisation board I'd love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @thehmwarren, or post a pic or link in the comments.

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