I think I speak for everyone when I say we walked in 2021 tip toeing and on edge, hopeful for what this year may bring but also weary at the same time. 2020 was an unfriendly reminder that unprecedented circumstances can easily steer you away from what you initially set out on and sometimes even forces you to shift gears. As someone who is always thinking 5 steps ahead, I am here to help you with your 2021 vision. We are only one week into this new year and some have already had to hit the reset button. If you are thinking of making a 2021 vision board, it is never too late! Here is a guide to help you get started.
When making your vision board, here are some steps and tips for you to keep in mind:
- Take a moment to reflect on last year, making note of what went well, what did not go as planned and your key takeaways moving forward.
- Write a list of your goals for the year before you start searching for images. Make sure your goals are attainable, yet challenging at the same time. Nothing that comes easy is worth having.
- Time for the fun part! Look for images to fill your board. If you are making a physical board, magazines are your bff. If you are making a digital board, refer to search engines such as Google and Pinterest for inspo.
- Be intentional. Don’t just put pictures that are aesthetically pleasing- make sure every single item on your vision board has a meaning behind it. It will be important when referencing it throughout the year.
- You want your board to be well-rounded and not only focus on one area of your life. Start by looking at the big picture and larger goals that can touch on multiple areas. Then set goals for smaller aspects of your life. I kept it simple and chose to base my goals around my personal, professional and branding lives.
- Stay away from looking at others’ vision boards and comparing yours to others. This can cause you to lose your sight and it will defeat the entire purpose.
- Have a mixture of both text and images. Although vision boards are visual, text is just as important to emphasize any big ideas you have, especially ones that cannot be easily represented by images.
- For visual interest, play around with scale and layering images. Another area where you may want to think about be intentional.
- Critique your board before saying it’s finished. Make sure you have accounted for every goal on your list somehow. Assess and re-adjust as necessary.
- Lastly, put your finished work on display, preferably somewhere you can look every single day and be inspired by it. Now it’s time to smash your goals!!!!