We’ve become used to doing everything online since covid, including our goal setting, visualizing and dreaming. Many of my vision board workshop attendees started asking how to create their vision boards online as a result.
You can create a vision board using only PowerPoint and google search. The most important step to this method is deciding on your goals and using a wide variety of search terms to gather the images to support your goals.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create a digital vision board using PowerPoint.
Decide on the goals you want to accomplish this year.
When many people sit to create a vision board, they start with a pie-in-the-sky goal that they’ve seen on social media and thought “I’d wish I could do that!” In reality, you want to set goals that are inspired by your personal desires and what you want to create in your life.
Focus on things that you would naturally be drawn to if you didn’t have input from the world around you through social media.
Before you begin looking for any images, ask yourself the following questions to inspire a variety of goals and clarity in what you really want by the end of the year.
What do you want to accomplish?
This question requires you to think about what end result you want to achieve to help you set tangible goals.
How do you want to feel?
If you could choose how you feel throughout your days, what feeling would you choose? Thinking about your feelings will help you create a world that aligns with your internal narrative.
For example, you can incorporate more time with family and friends into your vision to feel more love and closeness to others.
What do you want to have?
Many people set goals to have tangible items or positions by the end of the year. That could look like purchasing your first or next home, your dream car, a target credit score or new career position.
Search Google for images and quotes to match your goals.
Google is the best place to find images quickly to fill your vision board. Once you have a sense of the goals you want to accomplish, head over to Google and search for images.
Right before you start your search, close your eyes and imagine what it would look like for you to accomplish the goals you wrote down. Once you have a clear mental picture of yourself in your version of a successful future, google specific search terms to find images and words that represent that mental image you created.
For example, instead of just googling “money goals” you can search for backyard family fun, debt payoff, debt free, new home, savings accounts or the specific number that you want to save. This will be more specific to the outcomes you want to achieve.
Here’s a video on how to find quality images for your vision board.
Don’t limit yourself to images alone. Be sure to also google quotes and any words that you thought would symbolize your feelings and achievements. This will make sure you have some variety in your final vision board.
In addition to Google, you can also use the same searches on Pinterest, Stock Photo Sites. You can even search Instagram and grab images from your favorite accounts and hashtags.
Save images from Google to your computer Desktop.
Save the images you like onto your desktop.
Don’t worry about saving the absolute best images at this point. Save anything that will fit with the goals you’re setting this year. You can always delete images when you’re closer to completing your vision board.
You can easily save the images from Google:
Click on the image you like.
Right click the image.
Click “Save Image” in the menu.
Click “Desktop” in your file explorer.
The image will save directly to your desktop. You won’t be able to use the image if it’s not an image file (images will end in .JPEG, .JPG or .PNG). If the image you like is a different format, you can follow these steps:
Open snipping tool (on PC) or grab (on Mac)
Right click the image you want and select “Open in new window” to make the image larger.
Use your snipping or grab tool to select the image.
Name your image and click “Save” to save the image to your desktop.
Add your images to a single PowerPoint slide.
Now that you have a collection of images right on your desktop, you can drag them right onto a blank PowerPoint slide.
You’ll notice that most of the images are very large once you add them to your PowerPoint slide. Simply drag the corners of the image diagonally towards the middle of the image to make them smaller.
You can also crop your images by double clicking on them, clicking “crop” in the menu bar under “Format”.
I’m often asked whether you should put your vision board on many slides or one single slide.
You can do it in whatever way feels good for you, but I highly recommend creating your entire vision board on a single slide that way you have all your goals in one place and you don’t have too many places to look for your goals.
Additionally, if you were to print out your vision board or set it as your screensaver, you have all your goals on one image.
Here’s the vision board I created in PowerPoint.
Format your completed Slide Vision Board.
I generally prefer to group similar goals and mix up my images and quotes/words on the board. I find it really beautiful when I don’t have too many words right next to each other or images right next to each other. I like bright colors and every shade of pink so you’ll notice that common theme throughout my vision board.
Once you’ve arranged all of your images, review your choices and make a final decision on whether these are the right goals for you.
Save the PowerPoint Slide and set it as your desktop background.
Looking at your goals daily will keep your goals top of mind with no additional effort on your part. I recommend saving your vision board as your desktop screensaver.
Before you create your screensaver, you’ll have to save your slide as an image:
Click “Save As”.
Click the drop-down menu labeled “Save as Type”.
Click “PNG Portable Network Graphics Format”.
Name your file.
Now you can set your vision board as your desktop screensaver by following these steps:
Open your image in the image viewer.
Click the three dots in the right hand corner (on PC).
Click “Set As”.
Click “Set as Background” to make your vision board your computer background.
Optional: Remove all of the images from your desktop to view your vision board.
Another option to keep your digital vision board in view is to email it to yourself and set it as your phone screensaver or lock screen.
Print the PowerPoint Slide for a physical vision board.
The biggest complaint I’ve seen about digital vision boards is that the creator doesn’t get the full benefit of the board because they don’t see it daily. Digital vision boards almost disappear into a saved folder somewhere are are never viewed again.
To bring you digital vision board into the real world, simply print out the vision board. You can put it in a photo frame and hang it in a wall or put it on your desk.
Your digital vision board will be your constant reminder of what you wanted to accomplish this year, what you wanted to include and how to you want to feel. You can use your vision board to decide on what you’d like to say “yes” to, what people and events to actively pursue and stay on track with your goals.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cyrene is a fun and accomplished workshop facilitator, learning and development guru and Human Resources professional. Being at the helm of Thrive Lounge has been a long-time dream. Through vision board workshops she plans to accomplish two-way learning. Sharing her vast years of knowledge to motivate and encourage others; while simultaneously getting the reward of great energy, ideas and questions to ponder back from each group. A super win-win. Please join our Thrive Lounge community so you too can benefit!