I love to create a physical vision board using cork boards, magazines and push pins every year to keep on my wall as a daily reminder of my goals, but I’ve noticed a new trend in creating digital vision boards.
Genuinely interested in how many people were doing this, I polled my audience to see how many people are really creating a vision board digitally. It turns out that nearly half of their vision boards were created digitally.
You can create a vision board using Pinterest by adding all of your goals to a single board. Pinterest is an idea curation social media platform that allows you to search through images, videos and articles saved to the platform as "pins". 5% of the digital vision boards created by poll responders were made using Pinterest.
In this article, I’m going to walk through how you can create your own vision board on Pinterest. It’s a very simple process and there are many ways to create a vision board that you love to manifest your dreams.
What’s a Vision Board?
A vision board, also called a manifestation board or dream board is a visual representation of the goals you want to achieve within a given time period. You can create a general vision board that’s created to encompass many goals, like the one I’ve created below, or you can create one that’s focused on a single goal.
Here’s the Pinterest vision board I created for my 2022 goals:
Determine what goals you want to set.
The first step to any vision board, whether you’re creating a physical or digital vision board is to decide on what goals you want to set. You can set goals in the following areas:
Health and Fitness
Of course, you can choose what life areas to focus on and what matters to you inside of each life area. For example, many people will set some kind of financial goals this year.
But you get to decide what kind of financial goal matters to you. You can pay off debt, develop a budget, start investing, get a promotion, start a side hustle or lower your monthly expenses.
The goal can vary widely within each life area so be specific about the goal you want to set.
Create a new Pinterest board for your goals.
From your profile, click the “+” sign on the right side of the screen,
Click “Board” to create a new board.
Type in the name of your board and check the button that says “Keep this board secret”
Click the “Create” button.
Here’s a video showing how to create your new Pinterest Vision Board:
I like to create a secret vision board because I want to be able to create without worrying about who else will see my vision board in the future.
Type your goals into the Pinterest Search Bar.
Now that you have your goals, type each goal into the search bar one at a time. Your search should be specific. For example, if you want to become more flexible and consistent in your yoga practice this year, type “yoga” instead of “fitness goal.” Typing a general goal will take more time to find images, articles and quotes to support your specific goals.
For each goal you type into the search bar, Pinterest will show you images and video pins that match your search criteria.
Once you’ve found the general images that you like, you can get different types of images by typing your goals + “quotes” into the Pinterest search bar. This will return quotes matching your goals.
If you’re still looking for more images, you can get more images specific to you by adding in your gender, ethnicity, age group or any other demographic features that are meaningful to you.
Save Pins that best match your goals to your vision board Pinterest Board.
There are two ways to add images to your vision board. You can either add Pinterest pins that you find during the search or you can find images outside of Pinterest and save them to your Pinterest board.
Adding images from Pinterest images directly from Pinterest is the easiest since they’re already available for you inside the app, but if you come across images in a broader search or on social media, you can definitely add those to your board as well.
Remember to only choose images that are aesthetically pleasing to you. Your board has to be tailored to your goals, your personality and beautiful in your eyes.
Repeat these steps until you have Pins for each of your goals saved to your vision board.
Type each goal that you have into the search bar and save pins for each of your goals. Once you have enough pins for each goal, your vision board is complete.
For a simple vision board, you can now take a screenshot of your entire vision board Pinterest board to print out, save to your desktop or use as a phone image.
If you’re more technically savvy, here are a few options to get fancy with your vision board design.
Design Option #1: Print the images individually to add to a physical board.
One of the questions I asked in the poll was "What’s the biggest challenge in creating your digital vision board?” The most common answer was that people mostly forgot about them after creating.
A great way to take your digital vision board into the offline world is to actually print each individual image and paste (or pin) them onto a physical canvas to create a tangible vision board. This way, you are just using Pinterest as an idea generator and using the images to create a physical vision board.
Design Option #2: Organize your images using Canva to print, use as your computer and phone wallpaper.
Another great way to make sure this doesn’t happen to you is to create a collage of the images using Canva, PowerPoint or Google Slides and save that image to your phone wall paper or your computer desktop.
You can even print it out as a pdf and frame it so you can look at it daily without technology.
Design Option #3: Develop your digital vision board on an ongoing basis inside the Pinterest App.
If you download the Pinterest app to your phone, you can continue to add to your Pinterest vision board over time.
I have found success with keeping a digital vision board inside of Pinterest only when I was working on a short term goal that I needed constant ideas for.
A good example of this was wedding planning. I had an ongoing vision board for my wedding dress and hair. Pinterest was the primary place that I went to collect ideas and I loved being able to continue adding to the board when I found new dresses and hairstyles I liked.
Here’s a video of how you can create your vision board directly in Pinterest.
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.
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