9 Vision Board Ideas to Achieve Your 2020 Career Goals


Having a vision of your career makes getting there easier.

If you’re looking for vision board ideas that will help you reach your career goals fast, keep reading.

Why Use a Vision Board?

Visual reminders such as lists, post-its or motivational quotes, help you get more done and stay focused on your goals — even if those goals are remembering to get glue for a science project. Progress, no matter how small brings a sense of peace. 

Checking off an item on the list amid daily chaos can be satisfying and give you a boost of confidence that you are moving ahead. We’ll get into advanced vision board ideas in a minute. or you can skip ahead. But I wanted to give you a few beginner tips so you can dip your toe in the pool of using visual reminders.  

Vision Board Ideas for Beginners

Post-It Notes are great fir jotting down vision board ideas.
The basic vision board is Post-It notes.

1. Use Post-It Notes.

Let’s hear it for the darlings of reminders. You can stick them anywhere and they make you look oh so organized. They can also be cheerful little atta boys that can keep your goals and tasks top-of-mind. 

Vision Board Ideas Using Post-it Notes

Each note could be its own mini vision board or you can display them as a collection. They should go on places you frequent and look great on your workstation, on the refrigerator, in your wallet. If you want to go digital, most computers have a sticky notes program where you can stick them on your screen. 

Write a 1-5 word phrase that will remind you of your goal. Your goal should be specific. I wrote about how to structure your goals in this post. Since a Post-It is just a reminder, you could put something like. 10% raise 2020 on the note. Your goal would be To receive a 10% salary increase by June 1, 2020.

You can also place positive affirmations that support your specific goal. For the example above, you could write I am worthy of abundance. or My income increases every day. 

2. Break Out the Index Cards.

They are not just for middle school book reports anymore. White index cards or note cards make handy little notes and give you more space to celebrate each goal. Instead of storing recipes, the cards are now a recipe for your success. 

Vision Board Ideas Using Index Cards

You can write out a goal on each card and decorate it. Place the cards in your books, wallet, in your dresser, in the sun visor of your car. The locations are endless, but make sure they are ones you frequent. Read at least one note a day for three weeks to embed the goal in your brain. 

3. Tap into Your Smart Phone.

There are apps you can use to create a career vision board, but if you are a beginner, you can use your phone to remind you of your goals. You can create a wallpaper by taking a picture of your Post-Its or index cards. You can also create something in Canva to put on your phone. 

Vision Board Ideas Using Your Smart Phone

So the key takeaway here is having reminders about your career goals. How many times do you look at your phone in an hour? Now imagine being reminded of your career goal every time you picked up your phone.

You can also load your load career goals into the calendar on your phone and set up a recurring schedule. You could have a goal come up once a day or have a few goals come up. It just depends on your annoyance threshold. You definitely don’t want to feel negatively toward your career goals. 

Visual reminders of your goals work a bit like osmosis. You see the goal and it sinks into your subconscious over time. At first, it may feel strange or out of reach, but soon your goals will be closer because you are taking actions that align with your goal.

Vision Board Ideas: Constructing Your Board

Cut out photo and words from magazines for your vision board
Be sure to chose pictures that represent exactly what you want.

4. Gather Your Vision Board Supplies With Intention.

This is your chance to channel your inner Bob Ross and create something uniquely you. There are no wrong ways to make a vision board. Be creative and thoughtful as you gather items to build your board.

It’s typically displayed on a large piece of poster board or foam core board. You can use cardboard, wood, fabric, a canvas, plastic, a large picture frame, whatever you will enjoy looking at. 

Think about the board as a physical version of your thoughts. You want it to be beautiful, positive and hold all of your intentions for your future.

Download these career vision board labels

Art Supplies and Inspiration 

Raid your children’s art supplies or buy some for yourself. You’ll need colored ink markers, pencils, magazines, scissors, and glue.

5. Stay Laser-Focused on Your Career Goals

Your vision board should be ultra-focused on your career goals. Decide the career areas that you most want to see a positive change. Is it money, a better boss, taking on a leadership role, starting a new career, changing careers, working from home, whatever it is put it on your list. Then choose the top 5 outcomes you want. 

Here are some questions to consider.

  • What is the biggest block to your career success?
  • What would make you super excited to get up and go to work, even on a Monday?
  • If you could get paid triple the money you make now for doing anything you want? What would that be and why?

It’s okay if you don’t have all of the answers. It’s important to connect with what you want. When you feel it in your heart, you can achieve your goal even quicker. 

6. Be Uber Mindful When Creating Your Career Vision Board

One of the most important vision board ideas is to be extremely mindful when you create your board. You have to edit.

If you are thinking why am I gluing stuff to a poster? This is so third grade, then you are not being mindful. Set aside time to really create what you want your career to look like. Put on some inspiring music, grab a cup of coffee, light a candle and let your goals come out on paper. 

Look at magazines and online to find images you love. Print or cut them out and arrange them on your board until you love how it looks. Choose photos that are exactly the goal you want. For instance, 

Don’t glue anything yet. Also, include a marvelous picture of you. When you have the arrangement exactly as you want it, glue the items down.

Now you want to add inspiring phrases and words near the pictures to give it extra manifesting power. You can write the words on paper or cut out large-print words from magazines. You can also type them up in a fun font and print them out. 

This is just a starting point. As you hone in on your goals or reach them, you can add other goals to your board.

7. Make a Vision Board You Want to Show Off.

If you’ve been authentic and intentional Hang your creation where you can see it every day. You’ll also want to say affirmations to yourself as you look at the board. “You got this!” Get er done! I can achieve this.” You are literally putting your goals out there for the universe to support. 

Snap a photo and set your vision board to be your phone wallpaper and your screensaver. Print out the photo and put it in your purse or wallet. 

Vision Board Ideas: Using Your Board

You’ve spent days thinking about your career goals and hours creating your vision board, but how does it work? Here are some vision board ideas to get the most out of this fun project.

7. You Must See It to Believe It.

You have to see your vision board at least once a day. Shoving it under your bed or in your closet is a big no-no. Each time you view your career goals, your subconscious is making notes on how to bring you what you want. Place your vision board where you’ll see it first thing in the morning.

8. Let it Set the Tone for Your Day.

In the morning spend at least 5 minutes looking at your career vision board. Feel the excitement of having all that you have placed on the board. Allow yourself to feel happy and that you have already achieved your goals. It’s better than a cup of Cafe Verona, so start your day off right.

9. Dream About Your Goals at Night.

Cap off the ling, hectic day with another gaze into the future — your vision board. Oh yeah, this is what you are working toward. Your brain is absorbing and assessing the information. It will be busy coming up with plans while you snooze. Would you rather wake up at 3 a.m. with thoughts like “I am so happy,” or would you rather worry about car repairs?

A vision board is a creative tool to pin down your goals and go after them. Thoughts float by like clouds, but a vision board is tangible proof of your dreams. I hope these vision board ideas help you to clarify and reach your career goals. Good luck and visualize your fabulous future.

Tracey Lamphere

Tracey Lamphere, M.S. IMC is the editor of Job Affirmations, a publication that provides information and ideas to use mindfulness, positive affirmations, and visualizations to transform your career.

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