When I think of vision boards I always imagine one of those fancy, perfectly curated boards that clothing designers always seem to use (or at least have somewhere in their studio). The boards are full of different fabrics, sketches and color swatches to inspire their next item for their clothing line. On the flip side, my brain feels like it’s a chaotic mix of ideas & inspiration that I can never seem to remember or nail down. Getting motivated is tough but these vision board ideas may be able to help!
A motivation vision board should definitely inspire you — that’s really the whole point of them. But after trying a bunch of vision board ideas, I’ve found that the more simple vision boards are what work best when focusing on motivation. If all you have on your vision board is a single photo or word, but it ignites your motivation towards a set goal, then it’s perfect.
You can never have too many vision boards but I think it is best to create them separated by specific categories or goals or themes. Some typical themes for a vision board are based around things like:
As for specific vision board ideas focused on getting you motivated, I’ve got three different ways you can try!
Vision board ideas - #1: PIN IT UP
There may not be many things more satisfactory than pushing a thumbtack into a piece of cork board. Ok, maybe that statement isn’t completely true but you have to admit that pinning something to a bulletin board IS pretty fun. Not only is a bulletin board fun but it is a perfect way to bring your vision board ideas to life.
Going the route of making a vision board like this, feels like a ceremonial way of inducting yourself into your new goal. Thinking about and finding the items that you feel will truly inspire you to move towards your end goal means spending more time with the idea of your goal. Ultimately spending that time to uncover inspiration for yourself is key to unlocking the motivation needed to get there!
There is a neighborhood around town that I dream about living in one day. The houses are older, mostly renovated but have kept their old school character which I love. Other people apparently love the neighborhood too as it isn’t cheap to live there. My bulletin board vision board consists of just one thing and that’s a picture of a house in that neighborhood. When I’m feeling tired or unmotivated, I can’t tell you how fired up I get looking at that photo. I want to be there one day and that requires me to work hard now, even when I don’t feel like it.
Whether you keep it simple or pile your vision board full of things, it’s all unique to you!
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VISION BOARD IDEAS - #2: Hang it up
To keep your vision board a little more clean and simple, you could try hanging up a few visual elements on some string with the help of some mini clothespins. I love this idea because if you are indecisive like me, it forces you to choose fewer items and find what truly sparks the most inspiration.
What is also nice about this idea is you can add some string lights to it and really make it the focal point of your bedroom or office space for day or night inspiration. This vision board idea also allows for easy access to change it up once you meet your goal!
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Vision Board Ideas - #3: Go Digital
Let’s face it, in this day and age we are always tied to some sort of smart device, whether it’s a phone, computer or watch. Why not use those devices to our advantage and have them act as a resource for our motivation?
Apps like Canva can help you make a photo collage or layout of all your favorite inspirational quotes and photos. From there, the app makes it easy to download or send to yourself via email. Make that collage your wallpaper on any device and voila!
Next time you go to use that device, maybe that digital vision board will help motivate you to stop heading towards Instagram and instead close your phone and work towards your goals!
Regardless of how you make it happen, I’m here to say that vision boards really can make a difference with your motivation. Pick one of these vision board ideas and try it out! What have you got to lose?