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How to Set Goals With a Digital Vision Board

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I can't believe we have arrived at the last month of the year. The year flew by for me. I feel like I never really got ahead this year. I never saw the bottom of the laundry pile. I did a lot of moving with no real down time. It's been more of a surviving over thriving kind of year.

In an effort to get back on track and prepare for the new year, I trekked over to Walmart to pick up a brand new 2-in-1 laptop which prompted me to get started on my 2018 vision board.

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I spend a lot of time with my computer as a blogger. There's lots of  downloading, updating, tracking, and editing to be done. The downloading and editing photos became extremely painful. My old dinosaur of a computer had slowed down quite a bit and wasn't able to produce at the same rate.

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I bought a Dell Inspirion 5000 with all of the bells and whistles that come with having a 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor. I needed a PC that can handle my daily blog activities. It's been working extremely well. I've been able to stay on top of my workload and start thinking about how I want to define the new year. A vision board is how I map out my new year resolutions and goals.

digital vision board

It's not all magical thinking and wish making. Vision boards help me maintain focus by putting words, thoughts, goals, and wishes in front of me visually. It's helpful when you've got a million other things competing for time and attention.

How To Create A Digital Vision Board

1. Write your goals and desires for the new year. Stick with 4-5 core themes. I usually pick something I can do for the body. Something I can do for my mind and something that will nourish my soul. Then jot down a couple of 'dream big' items.

goal setting for the new year

Next year, I would like to:

  • Increase my income streams. I've been focusing a lot on the blog but I definitely need more cash flow. Who doesn't, right?
  • Take classes and learn new skills. I enjoy learning and enhancing skill sets but haven't done that in quite a while. I'm interested in improving sewing skills and learning how to code.
  • Fall in love with Atlanta by exploring more of the city and attending more events. I'm on year three of homesickness. It's time to be present where I am now.
  • Add more strength training to my exercise regime. I prefer cardio to strength exercises but I also want a toned muscular physique.

2. Gather your vision together. Once you've mapped out a few major goals, it's time to find the images. You can use images from magazines. Just snap them with your phone. You can search the web for images. Write your own quotes and words that uplift and inspire you. Use your own photos.
Whatever you want that visually stimulates your focus. Save them in a file.

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Start collecting and periodically add to the board or just have yourself a little Sunday afternoon "me time" and find your clips in one sitting. I pulled my images using my own photos and searched the web for new images. The 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor I'm working with made the process super gratifying. I could swiftly and easily move between vision board creation and searching / filing images.

3. Paste images to a document. Since my new PC has the processing power to run the latest apps, I downloaded PicCollage and was able to design and move images around easily in Tablet mode. I love being able to swipe and move everything around using the touch screen. It's nice having desktop level performance in a thin, light design.

vision board 2018

I added my inspiration images and typed words directly onto my board. I was able to trim images with the digital cutting tool of the app. I changed colors. I changed fonts. I made my vision board personal to me. I had a lot of fun with it. It was just like creating a paper collage without all of the clean up after!

vision board digital collage

4. Display vision board. Printing is not a necessity but I find that printing and surrounding myself with the vision keeps my eye on the prize. I made one to keep on my desk. One small one for my purse and then saved the vision board to my laptop and phone as a screensaver since I spend a lot of time with my in digital devices.

digital vision board 2018

I enjoy having my tech life back on track. It hasn't been all work though. I use my PC for business and pleasure. I'm a binge watching queen so having the proper streaming capabilities is a must. I can get a full 10 hours of battery life without plugging in with the 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor. Since my Dell is lightweight, I can move it around from room to room and stream tv shows while I'm working at my desk or cooking in the kitchen. No stuttering, buffering or lags either.

I'm so glad I upgraded before the new year. Not only did I save a little cash but I also feel more prepared for the new year armed with a PC that is fast, efficient, and capable of helping me achieve goals next year.

Do you make a vision board for the new year?

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