Why I Ditched the Vision Board & Made a Vision Book Instead


The case for the vision book. A 6-step guide to help you manifest your 2019 goals! 📝

We are safely in 2019 and with a new year comes new (sometimes old and re-igntied) goals and hopes. With this, we often find ourselves setting resolutions, which has really bad PR at the moment, but more and more people have opted to get into creating vision boards. A vision board is a A3, A2 or A1 visual tool that is meant to aid in the manifestation of your goals for the year. Because it is created by you, it can be a very powerful tool to assist you in realizing the aspirations that you have for yourself.

In 2018, I created my own vision board using A3 card paper and a bunch of old magazines. While I had every intention of manifesting the goals visually represented on that big piece of card, the thing ended up in the bottom of a box of stuff that I packed during a clutter-clearance session sometime during the year. Sure, I had it up on my wall for a period of time but the number of times I looked at it and reflected on how far I was with everything that I put on it, I can probably count one hand.  I am also quiet cognisant that the onus is and was on me to check in on my progress.

In hindsight though, I recall that while I was making my vision board, I found it quite limiting because I had too many goals represented by my magazine picture and phrase cuttings. I had to pick and choose what BEST represented each goal whether it be a pretty quote or inspiring image. Which meant that sometimes an element would be stuck onto a small little space on the board and not visible at first glance at the board.

A few months later into my year, I saw someone on Instagram had used a A3 sketchbook to create a vision book with images across a few of the pages and it clicked that this could be a better vehicle for me. So, this year I have created a vision book and I am totally into it and its potential to help me actualize the elements within it. This is why I think the vision book is great, it:

  • Allows more space to best visually present your goals
  • Let’s you be a bit more organised in your compartmentalizing of the different goals you have across your life, e.g. Work, Lifestyle, Health, etc.
  • If it has enough pages, provides space for you to create pages for you to conduct reviews and check-ins on your progress in a way that is documented and can be tracked

Because I found it so dope, I have detailed a guide below on what you need to create your own vision book and how to create it. If you are not into using your hands, you can try these apps to create a vision board, VISUAPP, Hay House or Vision Board 2 

What You Need: 

  • 8-10 Magazines
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Labels (Optional)
  • Colour Pens or Kokis
  • A3+ Sketchbook or Sketchpad
  • A Fire Playlist 

What to Do: 

  1. Page through the magazines identifying images, words, phrases and headings that resonate with you and your goals, immediately cut out everything that speaks to you and put it to the side.
  2. Once you have you gone through all your magazines, start seperating the cuttings into piles of categories that you think can make up the pages of your vision book. For example, all fitness and body related images can go into one pile to fill your ‘Body Goals’ page.
  3. You have now separated all your cut-outs – you should know what page categories you are going to have in your book now but if not, here are some ideas: 
  4. Start laying out your cut-outs on the pages they belong in order to see if all your visuals fit or if you need to rearrange them. Once you’re happy with your layout, start sticking the clippings down onto the page. Repeat this for every page. *See next step before going ahead 
  5. Once all your pages are filled, you can start preparing your review pages in the pages that follow. You can arrange these in any way that you like – by separating a page into each month or quarter of the year – and leaving enough space for you to write in them. *You can also do this by leaving an empty open after each of your page categories of clippings in order to have a side-by-side view of how you’re tracking during the year. 
  6. Once done, make sure you recycle all left-over cut outs from your magazines.

It’s that simple. However, how do you ensure that you check-in on your vision book throughout the year? If you are me, you have set up a monthly reminder alert in your digital calendar that goes off to remind you to review your vision book on a particular day every month. This is the best for me to be accountable to my goals and to drive the manifestation of as many of them as possible. You can do this on your cell phone’s built-in calendar.

Always remember where you have stored your vision book for easy finding when you need to do your weekly, monthly or quarterly reviews.

Happy actualizing and manifesting this year, kings and queens! ✨Let me know in the comments if this guide has been helpful or tweet @MelenialMag and show us your version of your vision book.