Having spent the last two days remaking my vision board, I thought it would be a great idea to get a discussion going about vision boards. Which ones of you have a vision board? What’s on it? How do you use it?
So, first things first. For those of you who don’t know what a vision board is, it’s basically just a bulletin board (or a digital image) with a collection of your goals, the things you want in your life. To motivate you and help you stay on the right track and whatnot.
For those who don’t have one but want to make one: Just go buy a bulletin board, or create a new image file on your computer, begin searching for pictures and start putting it together. You have to find those pictures that really resonate with you, make you feel inspired and motivated. It’s the mosaic of your life, so you better make it a masterpiece.
So, which ones of you have a vision board? What’s on it? How do you use it?
Since I do collage, arrangement on one board would be too much of a permanent commitment for me. I also had trouble not ignoring the board after a few weeks because I start to view it as something forced on to me, finished, old, and dead, and start to subconsciously avoid referring to it and feel invasively negative about being “stuck with it” as if my beloved goals suddenly turn into an eyesore. Instead, I have folders with various images saved that make little sense to anyone else but me because they’re arranged based on synesthesia and particular/ personal associations they give me. I also keep a separate physcial folder of old drawings that aren’t particularly good or comprehensible – mostly some seriously vague scribbles and singular no-meaning word snippets on random paper. To me, they are packed with particular and overwhelming personal meaning that jump-starts a whole fire inside of me. That is the factor that makes their selection happen – they are the smallest sparks for a chance of fire, but not the actual full-on and readily created fire itself. So, basically I work with very personal “triggers” more than a board. I also find it more satisfying to leave it free flowing in a messy box. Sometimes I pull something out like lotto tickets and match that as a pair with what my current state is and that coupled association creates a good mind-map of where I am at mentally and why.
I see. I keep mine alive by frequently updating it, whenever I find a sweet pic I add it to my vision board, and that usually means something else has to go. And whenever I achieve a goal, I will remove almost all of the pics related to that goal. Mine is also quite big, so it’s hard to get bored of it.
manimal i wonder if i can use this to achieve a new goal that i want. that is to not rent my house out in the summer any more, but to live off my art. everyyear it is so derangeing to have to move out for two months and then i cant get on with making art. it pays the bills however. this year so far, i have no bookings. how can i do this with a vision board. im scared!
this is my only income. and i have tons of taxes to pay etc. any ideas for me.
I don’t really have a vision board, but I spend a lot of time on my computer, and I have a file of pictures that I use for my screensaver (they play in a slideshow) and my background. I also have a cork board on the wall behind my desk which I’m thinking of making a vision board. Haven’t put it together yet other than a sticky note with Miguel Ruiz’s 4 agreements on it and some pictures from good times past.
@stonedragon The vision board doesn’t do anything, it’s just a tool for motivation, focus and visualisation. But I’m sure you’ll find a solution one way or another, with or without a board.
@caitlin I have a screensaver like that too, and a desktop wallpaper that changes every 5 minutes with lots of motivational stuff. As well as various posters and notes covering my walls with mottos and stuff on them.
I’m not sure if this is the same, but I will set up little workstations for myself for the various projects I’m working on. Getting all the tools I need together, and gathering inspiring objects in one place…
Digitally, this usually takes the form of making a folder specifically for one goal, and then clustering all of the tools I use for that goal in the folder. I then try to set aside a certain time each day/week/month (depending on the project) where I work specifically on that goal.
I’ve also in the past used specific workstations for different pieces of art that I’ve been working on. It really helps clear my mind and find focus.
Today is just one of those days that feels like it’s bursting with possibility!! What’s on YOUR board, Manimal?
I have a 24″x24″ Monthly calendar on my wall… Its full of “Days in RED” and days with BIG X¨s all over them… That¨s sort of my vision board.
The days in red mean things I MUST do.. Which are goals.
And the days with big black X¨s? Just days Ive wasted and some I wanna forget!
@kayla Not at all, although you could use it that way. In fact, that’s a really great idea. It’s just a tool for visualisation and motivation, but using it as a bucket list is brilliant. I’ve never thought about that.
@birdflyinghigh That’s not the same at all, but this too sounds like an awesome idea.
What’s on my board? Guitars, music studios, sweet houses, things I want to have, places I want to visit, things I want to do, inspiring people, women, mottos, random cool junk. Anything that makes me go “YES!” inside. I’ll post it in the thread later, but I’m still working on it and my photoshop is goofed and keeps lagging, crashing and doing wonky shit I didn’t tell it to do.
@kyle My bedroom in my first apartment was kind of like that. Except most of the things posted were just posters, notes with quotes and crude drawings, and a bunch of shit I cut out of newspapers and magazines. Frankly, it looked like shit because I did a bangup job with it, but if it’s done right I’m sure it’s amazing.
You must show us some pictures when you’ve done it.
Pintrest.com is like a vision board :) Except that you actually have to remember to check it. One of these days I should print out all my motivational pins and put them on the wall of my room. Most of them have to do with nature, traveling, and libraries. I want a really awesome library some day. I also really love quotes, though I don’t keep those on my pintrest.I wish I could paint them on my walls, but no painting is allowed in my apartment.