See how to organize with a Monthly Vision Board (& take a peek into mine!).
If you’re like me, your life is super busy and you can easily become caught up in surviving the next “emergency”, then you look back and realize you aren’t really living your top priorities.
One way I combat this problem is by stepping away for a short time each month to review my long term goals and create a monthly vision board.
I love creating a monthly vision board because I can visualize what I want for a shorter period of time, which makes me more likely to actually take action on my most important goals.
Here’s a peek at my vision board for April:
HOW TO MAKE A MONTHLY VISION BOARD
To make an effective monthly vision board, include these three steps:
The first step in making an effective monthly vision board is to take time to celebrate and express gratitude for all of the blessings, happy happenings and accomplishments of the previous month.
This month I’m celebrating all the birthday fun we enjoyed as a family last month, ordering a shower door for our master bath reno (update coming soon!, feeling healthier and figuring out a new camera set up so I can film videos as I’m art journaling. (See flip through videos of my art journals HERE.)
Vision and Focus
Next it’s time to think about what you want to happen in the upcoming month. This powerful step enables you to narrow your focus and choose what’s really most important for the next few weeks.
Lately I’ve been creating an arty, visual representation of my vision for the upcoming month. I make it a “tip in” by using washi tape to add it into my Joyful Life Planner on the left side over the monthly calendar. (See a quick video HERE.)
I used acrylic paint for the background, then added magazine clippings (the plants), collage papers I previously painted, leaves cut from an old Happy Planner section divider, and DIY ink stamps I made last year.
In addition to the arty vision board, I add words and phrases that express how I want to feel and what I want in the upcoming month. For April I’m keeping it very simple with two phrases I want to focus on for the month: new life and increased creativity.
Must-Do’s This Month
The final section of a good monthly vision board is the list of actionable steps you need to take for the month.
I divide this section into six segments: personal, people, passion, purpose, projects and events. I try to limit my action steps to just a couple in each category to ensure that I can actually accomplish them.
This month I’m focusing on producing more artwork including a couple of canvases, two business projects and attending several of my daughter’s music performances, along with the usual self-care priorities and weekly date nights with my husband.
If you haven’t tried creating a monthly vision board, I encourage you to start this month. You’ll be amazed at how it helps you to focus on what truly matters most to you.
If you want a planning system that incorporates a monthly vision board as well as other creative organizing tools, try the Joyful Life Playbook/Planner.
It’s the system I’ve used for the past five years to create a life I love.
Click HERE to read more about it.
I would love to hear about your vision for this month, so leave a comment or a link below with your focus for this month.
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