Every new year I like to write up and share my list of life and financial goals. I think it’s super important to lay them all out and tell someone to keep yourself accountable, but the thing is year in and year out I’ve never been able to cross off every goal on my list.  I know that’s pretty normal and I should still feel some sense of satisfaction for the goals that I did accomplish — but this year is different.

How to make a vision board - seeing them visually on that board really helps.The stakes are higher now that I’m my own boss, which means I needed to shake things up.

Instead of just writing down my goals and sharing them on here as I do every year, last night I went a step further and created a full on vision board!

I know, I know, you may think it’s cheesy, but I’ve done my research and I’ve talked to numerous friends who swear by them. And if cutting up some magazines and putting them on a cork board means I’ve got a higher chance of achieving my goals this year, well that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

But, instead of just copying how everyone else makes vision boards, I did it the Jessica-way. I was pretty methodical in my approach, so I wanted to share my specific steps with you, and I even made a video on how did it!

1. Write down your goals

The first step is the simple — just write down your goals. The key thing to remember however is not to go overboard.

I’m sure you can think of 50 different goals you’d like to accomplish this year, but that’s certainly not setting yourself up for success, is it? If you really want results this year, then here’s what you’ve got to do:

  1. Write down all of your goals, every single one of them. It’s okay if there’s 100.
  2. Rank them by importance level. I use a numbering system to keep everything organized.
  3. Then edit your goals list so there’s no more than 15.

2. Categorize your goals

After you’ve cut down your goals list to something more manageable, it’s time to categorize them. I find categorizing my goals really helps me focus, and just makes the idea of accomplishing them more digestible.

What I’ve done in the past is categorize my goals into “Life,” “Money,” and “Career.” But since this year my money and career go hand-in-hand as a new entrepreneur, I’ve combined those two categories.

3. Write down the steps to achieve them

This is probably the most important step, so don’t ignore this one! After you’ve got your final goals list, then write down the steps to achieve them. For instance, one of my goals is to get super fit. What I need to do to achieve that goal is:

  1. Exercise 30 minutes per day, 5-6 times per week
  2. Cut out sugars and carbs and focus on eating protein and whole foods
  3. Drink more water and get more sleep

I would then write down those steps on a post-it note that I would put on the back of my vision board so I could reference it easily.

4. Put dates on those goals

Here’s another really important step, because we all know that saying — a goal without a date is just a dream. It may be harder for some goals, but if you can tag some of your goals with due dates I highly recommend it. It honestly does work.

When I put due dates to goals, they get done. Even though I know that I’m the one who made up the date, for some reason it triggers something in my brain to create a sense of urgency.

5. Get some cheap supplies

I spent maybe $30 in total, and that was largely due to me buying two new magazines and a cork board, but I just went to Wal-mart and got everything I needed. Here are all the supplies I got and I don’t think you really need much else to make your vision board:

  1. Cork board
  2. Scissors
  3. Tape
  4. Push pins
  5. Magazines or printed images
  6. Post-its
  7. Pen or sharpie

6. Put it together & put it someplace always visible

I actually had a lot of fun putting my vision board together. I realized I never really do crafts, or anything that’s not on a computer. It took me a few hours to put it all together, but I had a TV show on in the background and just really enjoyed the moment.

7. Now go do it!

Now once you’re vision board is complete, and you’ve got the steps you need to achieve them and your due dates, it’s time to take action!

This isn’t a dream board, it’s a vision board. That means you are actually going to make these things real.

If you’ve watched the video of me sharing my own vision board, then you know I’ve got some pretty big goals. But honestly, seeing them visually on that board really helps. They don’t seem so unreachable.

So I will try my best to update you mid-year on how far I’ve gotten, I hope you’ll do the same with me.

Now get vision boarding!

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