Hello and happy Monday! If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I’m a huge fan of vision boards. If you’re new here, I’m a huge fan of vision boards. :) I’m doing something a little different this year and I wanted to share it with you.
I’ve made plenty of physical vision boards but this year I made a digital vision board that I can save to my computer background AND print out as many copies as I want!
Here’s my latest vision board:
As you can probably tell my biggest focus is paying off debt (credit cards specifically) but I also want to read some good books this year and, as always, work on improving my blog.
Vision boards work but you also have to work them. You can’t just make a pretty collage of things that you want to accomplish. I’m sharing my best tips for how to make an effective digital vision board that will help you stay on track.
How to Create an Effective Digital Vision Board
- Write a handful of goals that you want to get laser focused on. You can choose goals from different areas of your life or you can choose to focus on one – like paying off a student loan or committing to one date night per week. Take time to really think about what you want for yourself, it’ll make the rest of the process super simple.
- Visit Google images (or your search engine of choice) to find images that speak to your goals or vision for your future. Don’t just save any old picture, choose photos that make you excited to reach your goal(s).
- Write an action step for each image and include it on your vision + action board. I didn’t put mine on my actual vision board because I included “The Power of 21” list to remind me to think of actions I can take every day to get me closer to my goals. I’ve completed a list of 21 action steps to do each week and I refer to it daily.
- Navigate to Picmonkey.com and sign up for a free account if you don’t already have one. I have the paid version which I love but you don’t need it for making a vision board unless you’d like to unlock more features. You could also use something like Microsoft Word or Publisher or something equivalent. You just need to be able to insert and manipulate photos.
- Choose “design” to get started on your vision board. You can easily adjust the size, shape and color. You can also undo changes or erase parts of your photos.
- Upload or insert your photos and add text. Make it as pretty and detailed or as simple as you like! I definitely went for pretty simple this time around and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Here’s just a quick example:
You’ll find plenty of useful editing tools in the menu on the left side of the page. Play around with it until you love what you see!
- Save your vision board to your desktop or a file folder for easy access.
- Print out as many copies as you want and put them everywhere so you see them several times a day. It’s also a great idea to save your digital vision board as your computer background. This forces you to see it every time you turn your computer on!
- Take ACTION! This is where the magic happens. If you don’t take action, your goals will stay goals, instead of accomplishments. I would personally suggest that you write down and DO at least 3 things per day that get you closer to one or more of your goals. These should not involve time suckers like checking emails or voicemail.
Examples of ACTION steps for a blogging goal:
- Writing a blog post
- Creating a Pinterest-worthy image for a blog post
- Brainstorming blog post ideas for 30 minutes
All of those actions can get you closer to your blogging goals! Checking your emails and scrolling through your Facebook feed will not. I’m sure you know that already, I know how easy it is to get distracted, but distractions like those can and will KILL your productivity and make accomplishing your goal(s) much harder. And it’ll take much longer.
One last thing: Ideally, your list of action steps should be things that will make the biggest difference.
Have you made a vision board? I’d love to see it!
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