I believe that vision boards are the key to success. Goal planning can fail when you forget what you’re even working for in the first place, and why. If you’re a heavy Pinterest addict like me, you might have a board called “GOALS” or “Dream Life” that you fawn over daily. Having a visual representation/reminder of your goals will create an endless inspiration and passion for your work. Although I can admit I’m on my phone a lot, I can say having my board on my phone is not as effective as a physical one is.

Nothing motivates me more than staring at my board every morning and reminding myself what I need to focus on and where my priorities are. Using vision boards have helped me manifest and complete goals like getting accepted into my dream schools, paying off medical bills, and buying a new car. Although listing my goals would have helped as well, there’s something about visualization that makes things feel more real.

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a visual representation of your goals. This can be expressed through pictures, symbols, and words. A vision board can be used for a specific project, or for a variety of goals. It is whatever works best for you. Vision boards are a good visual reminder to keep you motivated, inspired, and constantly reminded of your goals. These can be made into posters for your wall, a collage for your laptop or phone background, or into a journal.

The photos do not have to be an exact replica of a specific goal or thing, they can simply be a photo that reminds you of that goal. For example, maybe one of your goals is to travel more in 2020. This can be expressed by including a photo of a plane or passport, or photos of destination spots that you would like to explore.

Planning Your Vision Board

Two journals

In order to create your vision board, you, of course, will need to know what exactly your goals are. Try to find 5-10 short term, long term, and in-between goals to add to your list. Get as specific as possible. Start with your long term goals, and then work your way down from there. To make your goals more specific, instead of making your goal “Buy a new car” give yourself a complete by date or include the exact type of car you want if you have one in mind. If a goal is to be more financially stable, your specific goal can be to pay off your credit cards or student loan by a specific date or amount.

Once you make your list, try to find photos that best represent these. Some dream boards are more collage style while others lean more towards a more modern or organized look, so keep that in mind while selecting photos! Pinterest is a great place to start. If you already have a vision board on Pinterest, you can easily save the photos to your phone. If not, you can simply search for photos on Pinterest or Google.

Creating Your Vision Board

Another thing to consider is how you want your board to look. If you want a collage style vision board, then you might need different size photos or different colors. If you want to try a polaroid wall, making sure you have the correct sizing is key. Because collages quickly become eyesores for me, I made my vision board simply by printing my photos all portrait to keep things organized.

Erica Randall from “have a seat at my table” made a whole post on the different types of vision boards and what goals they work best for. If you need more ideas or are unsure of what style would work best for you, check out her blog post!

After you select your photos, think about where you will be keeping this vision board. Find a wall that is a little more empty, and think of how big you want your vision board to be. If you want your vision board to be a collage, where will you put it up? If you do a polaroid wall, how much space will you need? If neither of those options fit your style, seek other creative options!

Printing polaroids can be expensive, and buying 40 frames to hang up every picture individually would be even worse. Instead, I bought two bulletin boards from Walmart for $6 each! I hung them up on my wall vertically in the corner of my room and it’s been serving me well! You do not need to splurge in order to create your desired design.

Putting Your Vision Board Together

polaroid photos

Once you decide on how you will style your vision board, go ahead and print out your photos. You can print them on your own printer or send them to your nearest Walgreen’s for quick and inexpensive service!

Arrange your photos in a way that is satisfying to look at. Make them line up in a specific way; organize them so they appeal to you. You want your dream board to be something you want to look at everyday as inspiration, so make it look exactly how you want it. This can mean overlapping photos, or aligning them in a vertical manner. The purpose of your vision board will definitely impact the way that you design it.

Now that you have finished your vision board, go ahead and hang it up! Or, save it to your phone if you did it electronically! This is the best time now to reflect. How do you feel looking at this board? Are you inspired? Are you ready to start working towards your goals? I personally enjoy pairing this with journaling, so if journaling is something you love as well this is the perfect opportunity!

I hope this post was helpful in creating your perfect vision board!