First method in Robin Sharma’s (see previous post) 5 methods to beat procrastination, is to do a vision board. Now, this is nothing new to me. But I decided to do two vision boards this time. Here’s how I do it;
I don’t have a physical dashboard (yet!) so I create a virtual one at lino.it. This site is good for making all kinds of planning boards, but Pinterest is good if you prefer that site. I decided to make one vision board for short term goals, from today to the beginning of next year and one for long term goals which can be in 5 to 10 years. When I was very consistent with visualizing, I divided it into six parts; family & relationships, career, health, social life, lifestyle and short term goals. To create the vision boards I used all of these except the last one.
For each board I make two lists and write down the goals I have, for instance in the category ‘relationships’ you might want to live a single life in the short term vision, but be engaged in the long term vision. You can of course add other things like learning a new language or make a certain trip. Just fill your list with goals.
When you have your goals written down, you start looking for images that will symbolize your goals. You can use Google, Tumblr, Weheartit etc. I save the pictures in a map so I can easily find them later.
When I have all my images collected, I start pinning them onto my board. When I’m done I should feel very satisfied since just looking at the board should make me feel excited for the future. I usually print screen it and set it as my wallpaper on my lap top. That way I always have it there. The things is, you want to look at it at least every morning and every evening so that you always keep those images in the back of your mind and subconsciously work towards them. You can’t plan the future, but with a clear vision you can be guided in the right direction.
What do I have on my vision boards? I think these boards are quite personal but I can share a few things on each board;
- I want my mother to keep develop and have fun while I’m away
- I want to be a part of a successful and fun launch of the Swedish start-up launching in Paris
- I want to start meal prepping, use the supplements I’ve been planning to take and find a gym here in Paris
- I want to have found my best friends here
- I want to celebrate Christmas and New Years with family and friends in Paris
- I want to have found a permanent apartment to move into in January
- I want to hit 10k on Instagram
- I want to speak at least double of the French I do now
- I want to start my own family between the age of 25 and 30
- I want to have more than two successful businesses (be a full time entrepreneur)
- I want to have a solid, small, like-minded circle of friends
- I want to have lived in the UK, the US, Germany and Australia
- I want to buy a house where my children can grow up
- I want to be fluent in (except from Swedish and English) French, German and Italian
- I want to be able to travel at least two times a year
- I want to be able to work with charity and really contribute to the world
These are some things on my vision boards! I also have a statement I read out to myself every morning and evening. If you feel lost sometimes but have a lot of ambition, create a vision board and if it’s a physical one, even better! If you have any questions, advice or just want to talk about visualizing, feel free to comment below or send me a DM, either here or on my Instagram http://www.instagram.com/ms.eriksson.
This was a looong post. I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll continue working/cleaning/doing laundry now! Good luck masters x AE ❤
A little example of what a vision board can look like 🙂