We all dream of life after college, our post grad years. We pick a school, a major, a course, that will open the door to endless possibilities. As college students, we are in constant planning mode to ensure we live to be the best versions of ourselves. At times, all of our planning and dreaming of what we want to do after college can be stressful and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
While we have goals in life, some may seem out of reach or hard to identify. A fun and creative way to visualize and set goals is to construct a vision board. A vision board is essentially a collage of images and text that represent the goals you want to achieve. By creating a visual aid to map out your goals, it’s easier to motivate yourself to be productive. As a bonus, you’ll have a fun project to look forward to at the end of every set of objectives you complete!
If you’re interested in making a vision board of your own, we have a step-by-step tutorial you can use to help you get started.
Step 1: List the goals you want to achieve.
This step is likely the easiest, especially if you know what you’d like to accomplish by the end of the month/year. If you find yourself having trouble with this step, take a moment to consider your weaknesses and the areas of life that you’re struggling in. By thinking about the things that you’re struggling with, you’ll have a better idea of what you want to improve about yourself/your life, and planning how you’ll achieve your goals will become easier. Considering more positive goals of yours is just as helpful. Your list of objectives could include something as simple as learning to pay bills on time, or as difficult as becoming a more patient and kind person. Whatever you decide to tackle is up to you, as long as it’s something you’d like to work toward.
Note: Writing down your list of goals will make it easier for you to remember what content you’d like to include on your board.
Step 2: Gather your materials.
To begin construction of your vision board, the second step is to gather up everything you need. Your supplies list will vary depending on how you want to decorate your board, but a general list of materials will include:
- 1 board (picture frame, tri-fold poster, etc.)
- 1 theme idea (optional)
- Pictures, symbols, words, etc. that represent your goals
- Cardstock/construction paper
- Pencils, permanent markers, colored markers, paint, etc. of your choice (adds a decorative element)
- Creative scissors
- Glue or pins/yarn (use either of them to attach your pictures to your board)
- A “plan of attack”
Note: If all else fails, Pinterest is always a great site to use for inspiration.
Step 3: Set a deadline for yourself.
It’s likely that the goals you set for yourself will be long term, so it’s important to set a deadline for when you’d like to accomplish everything you want to. Whether you’d like to take a few weeks or a year is up to you, but finishing everything in due time means getting serious about how long you’ll take.
Step 4: Plan how you’ll complete your goals.
Everyone has a system they use to accomplish their objectives, and now it’s time for you to find yours. Personally, we suggest using incentives. What better way to motivate yourself to be productive than to reward yourself with something you’ll enjoy? If you don’t believe that this sort of method would work for you, perhaps you could set a weekly deadline to complete a particular goal. As long as the system you implement works for you, use it.
Step 5: Decorate your board!
This is the fun part for all you crafters out there. In this step, you’re able to unleash all of your energy into making your vision board as beautiful as possible. Feel free to use whatever creative materials you like, and remember to pin up all of your goals in a way that’ll motivate you to achieve them.
Step 6: Act!
This is easily the hardest step about this process, but taking action will definitely be worth it in the end. Remember to review and complete as many of your goals as possible every week/month. Every step you take in the right direction will fill you with confidence, so get on it and you’ll feel more fulfilled each year!
So there you have it: six steps to completing your very own vision board. Trust us. The more strategies you have to accomplish your goals, the harder it’ll be to avoid them, and the better you’ll feel for putting effort into your personal development! It’s difficult for everyone, but if you plan on using any self-improvement exercises, you’re already ahead of the game.