Do you use a vision board? I do. I use it as a tool to remain mindful, hopeful, and purposeful throughout the year.
If you’re not familiar with a vision board, I would describe it as a compilation of images that symbolize your personal aspirations, which are sorted and attached to a board. This board then acts as a visual reminder, prompting you to remember and or realize your personal goals (i.e. to volunteer 40 hours in your community this year, to not use humour as an emotional shield, to reserve Sundays as an accomplishment free day, to wander aimlessly around the city one day each month, to watch 15 documentaries before December, to apply for a class on coding, etc.).
The week before each New Year’s Eve I complete my vision board. Then, once the first day of the New Year rolls in I place my vision board in a visible place. After this, I refer to my vision board every morning (for about 2-5 minutes) to center me for the day ahead and then again every night before bed (for about 5 -15 minutes) to help me review/reframe my day.
To create “my” vision board, I use the following 5 step process:
I gather the following materials (as pictured): a 18 cm X 26 cm Bristol board , 1 pen, 1 clear tape (or glue stick), 1 scissor, 1 sticky note pad, 1-4 magazines, and my diary.
I review my diary to see what challenges (i.e. emotional, physical, financial, etc.) and successes (i.e. emotional, physical, financial, etc.) I experienced in 2013. Then, using the information from my diary I compile a list of things that I’ll need to do in 2014, to build upon those successes or to overcome (or live with) those challenges
I then cut out quotes or images from magazines that symbolize the things noted in my above list.
I then arrange and attach those quotes or images onto my Bristol board.
I then place my completed vision board in a visible place at home – ready for daily use/review/meditation in 2014.
Note: As the year goes on, you can also add or take things away from your vision board. You can also take a picture of your vision board (or use Pinterest to create a digital vision board) that you can keep on your cell phone – for easy anytime access.