How to create a vision board and set your goals
What Is your focus for 2019?
In December, I did my 2019 vision board and I found it very useful to visualise what I wanted to get out of the next 12 months in both my personal and professional lives.
I followed a very intuitive and simple process:
1- Think about what you want your personal lifestyle to be like: what activities do you want to do more of? Who do you want to spend time with? What do you want to discover and learn about?
2- Write down your professional goals: what do you want to achieve this year? Where do you want to take your business or career? What do you want to provide to your clients?
3- Flick through one or more magazines that resonate with you, and cut the words, quotes and images that are aligned to your personal aspirations and professional goals. You can also print pictures and quotes or do your own drawings.
4- Organise your cuttings into the themes that make sense for you and start pasting!
5- Step back, admire your work and put it in a place where you can have a look at it from time to time to remind yourself what you want your year to be about.
Working on my vision board helped me identify my focus word for 2019, which is FLOW, as in go with the flow and follow my intuition, instead of trying to control things.
Finding your own focus word is a powerful reminder of the direction you want to go into. It may come to you as you’re doing your vision board, or it may require a bit more thinking time.
Then at the start of the year, I took half a day to reflect on my 2018 achievements and think about my 2019 goals. Remembering what you’ve achieved is a very positive activity as you can then congratulate yourself for what you’ve done! As for goals, well I’ve never liked goal-setting and performance reviews in corporate settings. As a freelancer though, goal setting is a critical activity to make sure the flow is going in the right direction.
This year I decided to use kikki.K products to help me structure my thinking. I like how simple they are yet effective in making you think about what to prioritise and how to organise yourself.
There are many goal setting techniques out there: have a look and find which one seems to fit best your personality!
Over to you…
What have you achieved in 2018?
What do you want to get out of 2019?
Which direction do you want to go in?
What is your focus word?
What are the things that you need to deliver?
If you want advice on how to do your own vision board or set your goals, get in touch!