New Year, new plans, and of course, new you! Typically that’s how it goes. Christmas or not, the ideal time to start envisioning and planning for the New Year is actually now, or even earlier for those really in the came. While you are painting the town red and spending much needed time with your family, you should also start laying the foundation of what next year should look like.
Now, there are many ways to plan for the New year but one of my favourites is with a vision board accompanied by a notebook/journal. It has worked for me and for a few successful women I know. it’s cheap, easy and helps with much-needed clarity.
Just in case you are thinking about it, here are a few things you’ll need.
A board. (It can be card, foam, wood, whichever you prefer.)
A bunch of magazines.
You can start by writing out your goals for the New Year in your notebook/journal. It’s a good idea to cover as many areas as possible and seek to achieve something no matter how small in each area e.g. Financial growth/management, spirituality, physical and mental health, relationships, self-improvement and the list goes on. When writing your goals try and make them realistic but still ambitious. You can also write down all the projects you plan to undertake in the New year.
After this scout through your magazines for images that represent you and the things you’ve written down and cut them out. The images may not match exactly but they should be close enough that immediately you see them you know which goal or dream it represents.
The second way to start is by scouting through your magazines first. You may just have a vague idea of how you would like the new year to look for you, which is fine. As you look through the magazines, seeing the images can help you better envision and even touch on areas you may have left out when thinking about the new year. Then you can put these down in your notebook.
Prioritise on the Board
Besides images, you can cut out quotes and text that inspire and speak to you as well, work on your layout on your board. I would prioritise the most important things by placing them in the centre then working my way out or you can start from the top or wherever you prefer. The idea is to lay everything out to be sure you have enough space and when this done, start pasting your pictures. If you have space left and have some things in your head you didn’t see in the magazines, you can also write with a marker pen in the spaces left.
Place your vision board in a strategic part of your room where you see it every day. A vision board is powerful, almost magical. I did mine in January this year and looking at it, I see how I achieved and experienced 99% of everything on it. As you look at it every day, it reminds you of the promises you made to yourself and not to give up on them.
What are you hoping to achieve in the New Year? Why don’t you write or craft that vision down?