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How to Create a Vision Board That Actually Works

Kate Male Wabi sabi Designer
How to Create a Vision Board That Actually Works

Our sense of purpose gives us direction and shapes our environments.

Since starting my business three years ago I have always created a vision board to keep me motivated in life and work, and to remind me of what it’s all for.

The idea of vision boarding is – If I can see it I can achieve it. The great thing is it can be anything you want it to be, it’s just about having fun and creating a guide for the future!

Decide if your vision board is long-term or short-term (3 months, 6 months, a year?) You don’t have to set deadlines just as long as it’s in the future, you can set your sights on what you want to achieve.

The possibilities are endless and they are as wild as you dare to dream.

What is a vision board?

Firstly, every great idea starts with a vision. A vision board is a visual collection of images, words, and quotes that capture your dreams and goals.

A well-designed vision board should keep you motivated and focused on what matters, and help remind you what it’s all for when times get tough.

Kate Male Vision Board

Before you begin focus on your purpose

Before you get the colouring pencils and glue stick out, you first need to define your purpose.

Finding your ‘why’ you do what you do – is important because it gives you direction and motivation for the future and what you want from life, love, and business. It helps you make decisions, set goals, and pursue your passions. When you know your ‘why’, you are more likely to achieve your vision and be fulfilled and happiest in life.

In Japan they call this your Ikigai which roughly translates to “reason for being.”. It’s an enlightening method designed to help you transform your outlook on life and also your business.

I also have a free Yearly Reflection & Vision Board planner to help guide and plan your goals and dreams.

What can a vision board be used for?

When it comes to crafting your vision board it’s important to be specific and not too broad. Remember this is your vision for your goals and dreams, or if you’re feeling really creative you can narrow it down even further such as the below, but I like to create 3 separate vision boards for each area such as life, love, and work

Life – This is a focus on fitness, diet, well-being, finances, and my home.

Love – This is a focus on relationships such as friends, family, and even yourself.

Work – This is a focus on your business, work/life balance, finances, and brand.

There are so many more you could create such as:

  • Spiritual
  • Wellness
  • Personal Development
  • Home Improvements
  • Holidays & Travel
  • Weddings
  • A new business/brand
  • The list goes on…

What do you need to create a vision board?

This is entirely how creative you want to get. I know some people that like to buy some bristol board and paint, draw, scribble, and glue their goals and dreams to it and then place it in their office on the wall. Some are happy just collecting images on a Pinterest Board (you can view my Pinterest Vision Board for inspiration here). One that I love is printing images that represent my goals and dreams and physically pinning them to my office pin board, then I’ll take a photo below and save it as my desktop background on my computer and also add it to my planner (see image below).

The most important aspect of this whole activity is to have fun! Here are some ideas to get the creative juices going.

For example, if you want to decorate your home office pin a picture of what your dream desk space would look like (read my article on How to turn your home office into a wellness sanctuary for inspiration). If you want to read more, add pictures of books you’d like to read, if you dream of owning a holiday home add images of your dream home and location, the possibilities are endless and they are as wild as you dare to dream.

How to use a Vision Board

  • Think about small daily steps you can take to get closer to your vision. Make sure these actions are sustainable.
  • Place it somewhere you can see it daily I usually print it out and post it on my office pinboard.
  • As a desktop background
  • In the bathroom pinned next to the bathroom mirror so you can see it while you brush your teeth.
  • Create a soundtrack to capture your vision
  • Dream big
  • Try not to put heaps of pressure on yourself with timeframes but instead factor in little milestones with wiggle room for setbacks.
  • Make it beautiful!
  • If you feel like you want to change it go for it. Our visions can change and evolve but make sure you stay true to you.


Kate Male Brand Designer & Creative Director based in London

About Kate

Kate is a brand designer and creative director based in London. She works with wellness, lifestyle, and beauty brands who want to tell their story with depth, and style.


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