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Before you begin to make changes in your life you need to have a clear idea of what it is you’d actually like to achieve. A lot of us have ideas, goals and aims floating around in our heads but sometimes they get lost in there among all of the other day to day things we have to remember and do.
By writing them down it means you can refer back to them often. It’s a proven fact that by writing down your goals you’re 42% more likely to achieve them. A great way to keep on track with your goals and aims is to create vision boards.
I find it’s really helpful to split your goals into 3 different categories…
- Life Goals (getting married, buying a house, having a child etc)
- Personal Goals (eat less meat, walk 10,000 steps per day, start a gratitude diary etc)
- Work goals (targets you want to meet, things you want to create, work life balance etc)
What Is A Vision Board?
A vision board is something you create either physically using card and pictures or virtually online. Personally, I prefer to create virtual boards as they’re zero waste but I do appreciate that it can be nice to have one up in your house where you can see it often.
Below is my life goals 2020 vision board as an example for you. We’ve already done most of the big things like have kids, buy a house etc so it’s more everyday life changes that I want to make this year. The big one for us is finish the house renovations!
Why Create A Vision Board?
A vision board is a great way for you to get the ideas in your head down onto paper. They make you stop and think about what it is that you’re trying to achieve. It’s a visual representation of your ideal situation. Whether that be an ideal home board, an ideal life board an ideal job board. Whatever your goals you can create a vision board for them.
How To Create A Vision Board
As I said above, when it comes to creating a vision board you have two main options…
- Create A Physical Board
- Create a Virtual Board
Today I’m going to be focusing on creating a virtual vision board.
Creating A Virtual Vision Board
The easiest way to create a virtual vision board is to use a graphic design programme that already has mood board templates in it. Personally, I use *Canva. You can have a free account or upgrade to get more features. You can create a mood board with a free account. I use Canva every day for work and I love it!
How To Make A Vision Board Using Canva
Step One – Sign Up:
*Sign up for either a free or a Canva pro account. (Tip: You can try Canva pro free for 30 days with their free trial and can cancel at any time).
Step Two – Create A Vision Board:
Once you have your account open up Canva in your browser. Click on the ‘Create A Design’ button. In the search box type in ‘Mood Board’ and then click on it below. This will then take you to a separate page with all of the mood board templates on the left and your blank template on the right.
Step Three – Choose A Template:
Name your vision board by clicking on the section in the right-hand side top bar that reads ‘Photo Collage – Untitled’ and rename your board, something like ‘Life Goals Vision Board’. Next, choose the template that you’d like to use by clicking on one of the templates on the left-hand side. There are loads of different ones to choose from. Once you’ve chosen your template it’s time to get creative!
Step Four – Change The Colours:
You can change each section of the vision board by clicking on it. To change the colours click on the section you want to change and then click on the small square colour block at the top on the left-hand side. This will bring up all of the colour selections. You can either choose one of the colours that are already there or type in the colour you want in the search bar and it will bring up a selection of colours for you to choose from. You can also type in the hex number if you know it for exact colour matches.
Step Five – Personalise Text And Text Colours:
Now you can change the text fonts and colours. Click on the text section of your vision board to highlight it and then click on the font box in the top left. This will bring up a list of fonts for you to choose from. If you know the font you want to use then type it into the search bar at the top. Any marked with a little gold crown is only for Canva Pro users so you’d need to upgrade for those ones. To change the font colours again click on the square colour button in the top toolbar and choose the colours you want.
Step Six – Add-In Images:
The final step is to start adding in the images that you want. There are two ways to do this, you can either upload images that you have found elsewhere online by using the upload button on the left-hand side. These images will go into your upload library. You can find lots of great free images on websites such as Pixabay and Unsplash both of which I use regularly.
Alternatively, you can use the images that Canva already have in their programme. You can find these by clicking on the photos button on the left-hand side. Again, use the search button at the top to find the images you want. Some of the images are free and others you need to pay for. To get the paid-for ones you can either upgrade to a pro account to get access to all of the images or you can pay per photo as you go.
To add an image to your board click on it and drag it to where you want it.
There are lots of other features in the *Canva programme too so it’s worth spending some time having a play around with it and seeing what you can create. All of your designs are saved automatically and you can find them again in the ‘Your Designs’ section on your homepage.
Once you’re happy with your board you just need to download it by clicking on the download button up in the right-hand corner and that’s it you’ve just created your first vision board. It’s a good ideas to have you vision boards somewhere where you can see them often to keep you motivated.
Personally, I have my work vision board as my desktop image on my computer. That way every time I’m at my desk it’s the first thing I see. You can also save them as your phone background image or just save it as an image on your phone that you can keep going back to. Alternatively, print it off and hang it somewhere in your home or stick it into the front of your journal if you have one.
About Gina Caro
Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life. Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog.
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