“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee
With the fourth quarter upon us, I woke up thinking about the projects and people I want to work with over the next few months. That led me to the idea of creating a vision board for the month to represent several dreams and goals for my design studio.
Creative exercises like these have a way of warming up your heart for the month — they give you something meaningful see and to aim at on a daily basis.
Vision boards often have more soul than a calculated to-do list or formal calendar. Even if you don’t accomplish everything you set out to do, this project will give your month a jumpstart.
Step 1 in Creating Your Business Vision Board
Think about the month and jot a list of things you’d like to represent on your vision board.
Because in order to do what you want, sometimes you need to show yourself and others what you want.
What projects are you excited to dive into this month?
What kind of people do you want to work with?
What do you want to learn, read, experience, create?
What’s inspiring you?
What will you embrace?
How will you spend your time?
Grab the scissors. Flip through a few magazines and cut out images that symbolize your goals. (You can also print a few pictures offline.)
Clip out phrases or words that are meaningful to you.
The amount of images you place on your vision board is up to you. You might gravitate towards one image and want to use that to represent one big monthly goal. Say, as person reading a book on a sofa — to symbolize your goal of working toward writing a book. If that’s what you’d like to focus on it’s okay to keep it simple.
Grab the glue stick, a piece of card stock, pens, markers, paints, crayons, and whatever crafty supplies you feel like using.
Arrange your pictures in a collage on the card stock by glueing pieces down.
Leave a few empty spaces to write in goals, ideas, or important phrases.
Add in your goals.
Doodle around edges of images and add creative touches here and there.
If blank space speaks to you, leave room on your collage.
Pin your vision board up in a place you’ll see it every day. Maybe it’s above the coffee maker, near your desk, or by your favorite cozy reading chair.
Spend time looking at your vision board before you begin working, when you need inspiration during an afternoon slump, or are having a rough entrepreneurial day. It’ll offer your heart and mind an important pick-me-up and help direct your steps.
What to do next:
I want to hear from you! What type of images will you put on your monthly vision board? Share in the comments below. If you create one and share it via social media use the hashtag #BusinessVisionBoard. I’d LOVE to see what you make and how I can support you for the month!