The ultimate guide to making an effective vision board

Ultimate guide to making an effective vision baord

It’s almost the start of a new year. Meaning it’s that time of the year when we start thinking of the new year’s resolution, goals, and improving ourselves. It is the perfect time for thinking of vision boards.

Vision boards are something that has become popular in recent years. I first heard about them somewhere in January 2020; I read it on a friend’s blog. I instantly fell in love with the whole concept.

But it wasn’t until last week that I made my first ever board.

I made my vision board Online because I found it easy and convenient. But you can also make a vision board offline (the traditional way) like how most people do it.

In this post, I will show you how you can make a vision board.

But first,

What is a vision board?

A Vision Board is a visual representation of your goals and aspirations.

It is a collage of images, quotes, and affirmations of one’s goals designed to serve as a source of motivation.

Why a vision board?

Now that we have defined Vision Boards, are they something you should have? What’s their purpose? What role do they play in helping you achieve your dream?

1. Help you clarify your goals

First, making a vision board helps you to clarify your goals.

It forces you to move beyond casual thinking and focus on clear pictures of your goals. Doing this gives you a clear picture of what it is that you would like to achieve

2. Help keep you focused on your goals

ultimate guide to creating a vision board

Second, a vision board will help keep you focused on your goals.

It serves as a constant visual reminder of all that you want to achieve

It’s like having a daily dose of inspiration to help you stay on track.

And when you face a setback, as you most likely will, the vision board will remind you why you started, thereby energizing you to stay the course.

Steps for making a vision board the traditional way

1. Define your goals

making an effective vision board

To visualize your goals, first, you need to know exactly what they are. 

Take a moment (or more than a moment) to reflect on your aspirations and the vision for your life. Be clear about what you want to achieve in your life.

Then determine the short-term goals that will take you there. When you have that figured out, its time to move on to step 2

2. Organize your materials

ultimate guide to creating a vision board

After you have clearly defined your short-term goals, it’s time to collect and organize your materials.

Gather a bunch of magazines. If you don’t currently have magazines, ask friends to give you theirs if they no longer need them.

Go through your collection of magazines and cut out pictures and quotes that represent your goals. They don’t have to be literal interpretations of your goals, they just need to be something that will make you think of your goals when you see them.

3. Make your vision board

When you are done collecting images, quotes, and affirmations that represent your goals, it’s time now to make your vision board.

Get poster-sized cardboard (or something similar) and start arranging your materials.

I would recommend first just arranging the things without gluing them. This way, if you would like to move the pictures around, it’s easy to do so.

Once you are happy with the arrangement, you ca

n glue or tape your pictures and quotes to the board.

4. Hang your vision board and let it inspire you

ultimate guide to creating a vision baord

Now that you have your vision board, find a place to hang it up. Hang it in a place where you will be able to see it every day. It could be your bedroom wall or bathroom mirror.

And make sure you refer to it often to keep yourself energized in the pursuit of your vision.

Making a vision board online

Sometimes, making a vision board the traditional way might not be ideal depending on circumstances. Maybe you don’t have enough magazines nor friends who can give you theirs. Or you don’t want the hustle of making cut-outs. Whatever the reason, making one online might be the best route for you

– like it was for me.

steps for making a vision board online

1. Define your goals

Just like when you do it offline, you will still need to define your goals if you choose to make yours online.

Remember, you can’t visualize a goal you haven’t defined yet.

2. Organize your images and quotes

When making a vision board online, you will still need to find images and words that represent your dreams and goals.

If you are wondering where you can find images for your online vision board, you can check out Pinterest, and Stock Photo websites.

3. Choose your website or app to make your board with

ultimate guide to creating a vision board

Now that you have curated your images and quotes, you need to decide which app or website you will use in making your board. There are a lot of apps or websites out there that you can pick from. Some of the most common ones include Canva and PicMonkey.

If you want to explore other apps, I came across this post that you can refer to.

NB: I used Canva because I find it so easy to use

4. Make your vision board

After choosing your app or website of choice, you can then make your vision board.

Some apps like Canva have ready to use templates that will make your work extra easy. If you aren’t happy with their template, you can create one by dragging and reshaping the ‘shapes’ onto your blank design.

When you are satisfied with the template, you can fill it with your images and quotes.

When you are happy with your vision board, download it, and it’s ready to use

You can print and hang it in any place you choose.

Or you can keep it on your phone. Just don’t forget to refer to it so often.

ultimate guide to making a vision board
A vision board made using Canva

Last thoughts

That’s all I had to share with you today. I hope this post will help you make a vision board of your own. And I hope your board will keep you focused on your goals and enable you to have a productive year.

Don’t forget to share this with friends whom you feel could benefit from these tips.

So much love,


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Chisomo Kakhobwe

Great staff.

Joseph George

I have read the article. I find it helpful.




Thanks Yammie for this wonderful thought out post on vision boards. I have been hearing of vision boards for a couple of years now. All along I could only hear them from motivational speakers like Jack Canfiled, Bob Proctor and Oprah Winfrey; only starting from this week its when i have thought of writing one for the coming year. This article has clarified my understanding about vision boards. I appreciate.

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