If January was for thinking about what we want for the year ahead, then February is for putting those plans into action. This starts with being focused and intentional about each goal you have. One of the best things I did this year was create a vision board for 2019, something that I’ve always seen other people online rave about, but that I kind of thought was too out-there for me. Not only is it a task in itself, but it’s one of those things you never know how to begin, and if you live with other people you may not want to display your vision board for all to see.
That said, I’ve been working on my vision board recently (it took me longer than I thought!) and I’ve discovered how therapeutic and enlightening it can be. Though I began not having a clue what my board would eventually look like, I ended up with one that makes me feel excited about the year ahead, and I’m so glad I decided to start the process. For anyone who has always wanted to try this exercise, this is your year! Check out my tips below:
Choose a book or a board
If you’re like me, you won’t want your partner, friends, family, housemates, maybe even your dog, looking at your vision board every day, commenting on it and giving their opinions. It’s your personal goals, your energy source, so it’s totally normal to want to keep it private if that’s how you feel.
If you’d rather not display your masterpiece, try making a vision book instead, like I did. This will not only give you more space to include the things you want, but it allows you to keep it to yourself. Remember though, vision boards are effective because you look at them every day, so if you decide to make a book instead, make sure you add a recurring event to your calendar so you look at your book and visualise your goals daily.
Separate your life into sections
Easier said than done, I’m sure, but when you’re overwhelmed with where to begin when it comes to your vision board, start by thinking of all the different facets of your life. For me, I included sections such as Health, Self-Employed Life, Future Goals, Relationships, and so on. Dividing everything up like this will allow your mind to wander into each section with purpose, instead of randomly cutting and sticking in any old order.
Collect a LOT of magazines
…and newspapers, and leaflets, and anything else you can get your hands on. Spend a while looking for all of the old magazines that you know you’ll never actually read again, and create a pile of possibly useful pages that you want to explore when you start your board. This can be done over weeks or months, or you can go out and specifically buy them. Either way, start collecting up what you think you’ll need so you can start the cutting and sticking process.
Also, it’s a good idea to flick through first and rip out any relevant pages that you might want to cut from. It’s easier to cut things out of individual pages than the whole magazine!
Start with a word
If you’re not sure how to begin, one tip I think works is to decide on a word for your year. This can be either a word or a phrase, but the important thing is that it’s a focal point for your mind. If your word is ‘healthy’, for example, then you might find this dictates the direction you go in with your vision board, favouring healthy recipe pictures for example. If your word is ‘elevate’, then this will become apparent in your cutting and sticking too, and you might visualise your life at the level you imagine living it; the house, the travel, etc. Choose a word first and include it on your board, and other images and words will undoubtedly start to emerge as you go.
It’s not just magazines you’ll need for this process. Sure, you can find a lot within the pages and start to construct your dream life, but you’ll probably want to print out some things from online, use old greeting cards or other memorabilia, and use colourful stationery to give your board some life and personality.
Don’t be afraid to visualise BIG either. If you want to start a YouTube channel and get 3,000 subscribers by the end of the year, print a screenshot of a YouTube channel header, and replace the parts with your name and subscriber count, so you can always visualise this goal when you set about your work for the day. Or if you want to spend more time in nature, you could find a pretty fallen leaf or small twig outside that you can stick to your board, as a reminder to incorporate a daily walk every time you set eyes on it.
There are so many ways to create a vision board for your home that will help you to stick to your goals throughout the year. If you’ve been putting this off because you’re not sure where to start, try the above tips and see if the ideas and visions start to flow. If you have any other ideas, share them with me in the comments below or over on the Desk Life Project Instagram account – I’d love to read about them.