There’s plenty of options for making your very own vision board and there’s also many names for them. Traditionally mood boards are a tool used by stylists, designers and ‘creatives’ to define a particular area of focus and how it will look (in a very abstract conceptual sense), or their vision of something. For example a designer might start a mood board for a new collection with swatches of colour and texture, a novelist might mood board their characters so they can develop their personality and image to the right depth of detail within the story. In these instances the mood board serves as a touch point to be referred back to during the creative process. It’s fluid and changes along the journey until the finished product comes into fruition. So, what’s the point of using a vision board if you’re not a ‘creative’?
The simplest reasoning behind vision boarding is that visualisation really works in the successful progress towards the achievement of any type of goal. There’s a bunch of arguments to support this, ranging from it being a cognitive reminder or a visual encouragement, to the idea that creating it with intention sends a strong message to the subconscious and makes it easier to stay focused. But it does work.
A personal vision board specifically maps out what you want, on a timeline that you assign it. If you set the intention with specific pictures, words and reminders you’re more likely to solidly work towards it.
Here’s how to do it.