Take a peek at my monthly vision board for April (plus learn how to make your own!).
Have you made your vision board for April yet?
Creating a monthly vision board helps you to:
- envision what you want to accomplish;
- stay focused;
- stay motivated.
In the past I created a vision board for the entire year, and while I do have goals for the year, I now create Monthly Vision Boards because the short window of time helps me to create more specific and do-able goals — and actually accomplish them!
Quarterly Planning in The Joyful Life Playbook and Planner
Before I completed my Monthly Vision Board, I took the time to complete the four page Quarterly Review in the Joyful Life Playbook and Planner. For the review I:
- Reviewed the Evaluate and Celebrate sections on the Monthly Vision Boards for January, February and March;
- Recorded the highlights on the planning pages.
- Answered the evaluation questions.
- Selected my focus areas for the upcoming quarter.
- Created my Action Plan for the upcoming quarter.
This process only takes a few minutes and is SUPER helpful in making sure I’m living intentionally and reaching my most important goals.
My Monthly Vision Board for April
I use the Joyful Life Playbook and Planner because it:
- has more structure than a bullet journal (it’s too easy to skip days and weeks in a bullet journal);
- allows flexibility within the structure because of the many blank sections;
- prevents me from being distracted by my phone when I’m planning because it’s a paper planner.
See how I organized with a bullet journal HERE. I switched back to the Joyful Life Playbook and Planner because I found that I needed the reminders that a calendar and weekly plan provide, otherwise I lose focus. (Do I have adult ADHD? It’s likely, although I don’t have an official diagnosis.
This month I created my usual collage of words and images that symbolize what I want to happen this month and I then taped the page over the monthly calendar section. I also added washi tape (mostly Recollections brand from Michael’s) to the the right side of the vision board page.
(See my fave planning supplies HERE.)
HOW TO MAKE A MONTHLY VISION BOARD
To make my monthly vision board work I include three steps:
The first step in making an effective monthly vision board is looking back and celebrating all of the blessings, happy happenings and accomplishments of the previous month.
Some of the blessings and successes from March:
- My husband received a raise at work — woohoo!
- We were able to buy a new fridge when ours broke.
- I made major progress on decluttering and yard clean out.
- My husband and I enjoyed lots of fun outings like bike rides, visits to gardens and art exhibits.
- I was able to see my oldest daughter more often than usual, which was a gift.
Vision and Focus
The next step in creating an effective monthly vision board is to think about what you want to happen in the upcoming month so you can narrow your focus to what’s really most important for the next few weeks.
This month I’m:
- decluttering sentimental items (as the phrase on my vision board says, “Let go of the things. Hold on to their meaning.“);
- severely restricting my time on social media so that I can maintain mental clarity daily;
- celebrating and enjoying simple delights in this Spring season ;
- resting in God and trusting Him with everything;
Must-Do’s/Goals for April
The final section of a good monthly vision board is the list of actions you need to take for the upcoming month. I review my goals for the year and quarter then plan my action steps for the month.
- brain dump
- Bible reading
- gratitude journaling
- time in the sun
- stretching and physical therapy exercises
- drinking 6-8 glasses of water
- walking for exercise
- eating a salad
- art journaling
- bed by 10 – 10:30 nightly without my phone
- visit to a park
- bike ride or walk with my husband
- (marriage) weekly dates with my husband ($10 Date ideas HERE)
- (marriage) loving and honoring my husband in tangible ways
- (young adult kids) pray for my children daily
- (young adult kids) help my youngest child with a project
- (young adult kids) text/call each child weekly
- (friends) attend my church’s women’s group meeting
- (friends) coffee date with 2 friends
- (money) give from every paycheck; save $100
- (home) declutter homeschool boxes
- (home) declutter and reorganize closet in 2nd bedroom
- (biz) post at least once a week on ThePeacefulMom.com and on Instagram
- (biz) clean up old posts and photos on my website
If you haven’t tried creating a monthly vision board, I encourage you to start! You’ll be amazed at how creating a vision and plan for your month helps you to focus and be more productive in the areas that matter 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 six years to create a life I love.
Tap 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.
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