Do you struggle to stay focused on your goals? Are you tired of being “all over the place” except where you really want your focus to be?
A motivation board can help revolutionize how you organize your life and keep you on track. With this incredible tool, you can create a visual roadmap to success and prioritize your tasks. And as research shows, increasing your motivation can boost your productivity.
It’s time to get organized, find your focus, and start crushing those goals like a boss!
What Is a Motivation Board?
A motivation board is a visual reminder specifically designed to inspire and encourage people to work toward their goals.
The idea behind the tool is to boost motivation and encourage a positive mindset using positive reinforcements.
Picture a colorful board filled with inspiring images, quotes, and reminders designed to ignite your motivation and serve as constant reminders of what you’re working towards. That’s what a typical motivation board looks like.
If your goal is to shed some weight, you could create a custom board filled with pictures, quotes, and affirmations to keep you motivated to eat right and move your body more frequently throughout the day.
Placing the board in a prominent place will help you get the most out of it.
Research reveals that people are more likely to go after their goals if they can easily visualize them.
That’s to say, seeing the visual representation of your short-term goals and dreams throughout the day keeps them front and center in your mind. This way, you are inspired to take action and stay committed.
Motivation Board Versus Vision Board: What’s the Difference?
You probably know (and maybe have used) a vision board if you’re familiar with deliberate manifestation tools. Why bother creating motivation boards when vision boards do essentially the same thing?
Here’s the thing.
Vision and motivation boards are similar manifestation tools with some overlaps, but their purpose and focus differ slightly.
On the one hand, a vision board helps clarify what you want in the different areas of your life. On the other hand, a motivation board helps you stay on track as you go after what you want in life.
Again, vision boards focus on long-term goals and desires, while motivation boards are primarily centered on short-term objectives and daily motivation.
How to Create a Motivation Board
Creating a motivation board is a fun and creative process that can help you stay focused and inspired. There are no hard and fast rules about creating one, provided the board resonates with you and helps you work toward what you truly want.
Here’s something else to keep in mind when creating your board.
A motivation board is a personal tool, so make it reflect your unique journey and aspirations. Design it with the goal of fueling your determination, keeping you focused, and reminding you of the amazing things you’re capable of achieving!
With that out of the way, here is how to create your own motivation board.
Define What You Want
Many people place the cart before the horse when creating manifestation boards, whether motivation or vision boards. They pick out a board and scout the internet, magazine, and newspapers for elements when they are far from figuring out exactly what they want.
The first step to creating a board that produces results is to define exactly what you want. Identify the specific areas of your life or objectives you want to focus on. Clarify what you want to achieve, whether it is:
- Personal growth
- Career milestones
- Fitness goals
- Travel aspirations
Remember to focus on short-term goals that align with your long-term aspirations. This way, it’s easy to channel your energy and create a commitment to yourself and what you want to achieve.
Gather the Materials
Once you’re clear on what you want to achieve, go ahead and start gathering materials and supplies.
Collect as many visual elements that resonate with your goals and motivate you. You can:
- Cut images from magazines and newspapers.
- Print motivational and inspiring quotes from online sources like this page.
- Gather photos and images.
In addition to these, you need pins and adhesives to attach elements to the physical board. You may also want to use stickers and colorful markers to make the board more visually appealing.
Don’t have time to collect physical materials? It’s okay to use digital tools if you prefer an online or virtual motivation board.
Choose Your Preferred Board
If you are creating a physical board, you can choose from several options like poster board, corkboard, or canvas. You can even use a foam board or a classic bulletin board if you prefer.
The most important thing is finding a flat board that can hold your clippings, images, and other visual elements.
And if you’re designing a virtual board, you can use websites or apps that let you create digital collages.
Arrange the Items and Decorate the Board
Next, it’s time to assemble all the pieces to create your board. It is usually a good idea to try a few different arrangements of the elements on the floor or table before actually placing them on the board.
Move things around a couple of times until the arrangement is an accurate visual representation of your personal goal the way you want it. Once you have the layout you want, go ahead and add the images, photos, motivational quotes, and positive affirmations that align with your aspirations.
Get creative with vibrant colors, tapes, and stickers. Remember, it is your board, and you get to decide what’s perfect for you.
Place the Board Where You Can See It
As mentioned, seeing your board as often as possible throughout the day is important to keep you focused and motivated.
Find a prominent place where you’ll see the board daily and display it there. It could be your bedroom, study area, or office ― just make sure it is easily visible so you don’t have to consciously look for it before seeing it.
Your motivation board is meant to serve as a constant reminder of your goals, so keep it where you can see it.
Update Your Board From Time to Time
Motivation boards aren’t carved in stone. It is okay to update your board when your desires evolve. In fact, it is okay to completely change everything on your board if you realize your goals are unrealistic and unattainable.
In any case, keeping your board dynamic shows you are growing as a person. Add new images and motivational quotes to spur you to action. Once you smash a goal, replace the visual representation with a new one.
Also, add elements that represent your achievements or milestones. This will maintain your enthusiasm and prevent you from losing focus or becoming stagnant.
Remember, the simple act of setting goals can motivate you to take action. For this reason, add more goals as you achieve previous ones or create new motivation boards that resonate with your new desires.
Think About Your Board Daily and Take Action
One common mistake people make when it comes to manifesting their goals is to assume their work is done once they create a powerful tool like a motivation or vision board.
Here’s the thing, though.
Your board is as effective as the actions you take. You won’t magically become focused or organized because you created a motivation board. You must invest positive energy (think about your goals) and effort (take action to achieve them) to get meaningful results.
I’ve said all of that to say this: take a few moments every day to reflect on your motivation board.
Visualize your goals, reaffirm your commitment, and use the board as a springboard for action. Don’t worry about specific actions to take. Simply trust the process; consistent attention to your goals will inspire you to take action.
But don’t wait for some huge inspiration before you take action. Quantum leaps are hardly sustainable, so listen to your intuition and take small, consistent steps toward your aspirations.
A motivation board constantly reminds you of all the amazing things you hope to achieve. Create one and look at it as often as possible to help you stay on track with your goals.
Interested in reading more helpful tips for achieving your goals? Check out this article for strategies on how to smash your goals and grow as a person.