You know I’m a huge proponent of vision boards! It’s such a fabulous way to focus on your dream life and actually visualize what you want to achieve. I think it’s a tremendous stress reducer because dreaming usually isn’t stressful and it’s even fun when you do it with a bunch of girlfriends!

But if scanning through old magazines isn’t your idea of fun (or you just moved to a new city and don’t have many friends yet), you can still create a vision board – or maybe call it a visual diary or journal – without all the cutting and pasting.

1. Digital Vision Boards

Achieve the same effect as a paper-and-paste vision board but use a Word document and free digital photos instead. If you want more design elements to your digital vision board, try Adobe Spark’s free collage maker. This is a fun alternative if you’re pressed for time during lunch or if you just don’t have a stash of magazines. Once your digital vision board is complete, make it your computer’s wallpaper so you will have a reminder every day of why you’re working so hard.

2. Make Your Vision Board a Part of Your Office Décor

If you’re hosting clients in your office, you may not want your cut and paste vision board displayed in the center of the wall but you can certainly turn your vision board into office décor with a simple frame.

Instead of using a collage template, consider framing individual, large-sized photographs to display in a wall group. Take a photo of your dream beach house, the location of your bucket list vacation spot, or anything else that holds great meaning to you. For a vision board to work, you need to see it every day, so looking at these framed photographs will serve the same purpose: to inspire you to work hard to reach those goals.

3. Add a Mix of People, Places, and Things

So often we expect vision boards to be filled with expensive gizmos and gadgets but think about your ideal life and what makes it uniquely yours. Who are the most important people in your life? Where do you dream about traveling or living? Life isn’t just about how many THINGS you can accumulate; it’s also about the people we love and the adventures we dream about. 

4. Turn Your Vision Board into a Journal

What better way to combine your vision board with journaling than to turn it into a journal! Or at least turn the board into the cover of your journal. Simply take some photos of your vision board, print them on heavy-weight card stock, resize so it fits the cover of your journal, and adhere it with tape or craft glue. Now when you want to write about the day’s ups and downs, you can revisit your goals and find new inspiration, especially if you had many challenges throughout the day.

5. Use Pinterest

This one goes hand in hand with Digital Vision Boards but it’s even easier to use than a collage maker. If you don’t want the entire world to know your hopes and dreams, make the board Secret. The only downside is Pinterest boards can get full very quickly and it may be difficult to focus on what you really want. To combat this problem, create a secret board for each area of your life (Work, Home, Vacation Home, Where I Want to Live, etc.). This way you can take a screenshot of your boards from the Pinterest dashboard and still see what you’re working to achieve.

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