Goal setting is a great way to motivate yourself to get things done. A vision board combines goal setting with visualization, a powerful method of focusing on your goals. For the teen in your life, vision boards not only work, but they’re fun to put together.

If you haven’t made a vision board yet, there are plenty of online resources to serve as examples. Browse some vision boards on Pinterest and get ready to make your own. Here are a few tips to help your teen make a vision board to get creative and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Make It a Family Project

Goals can benefit everyone in your family. Set time aside to work on vision boarding and involve the entire household, if possible. Working side by side, you’ll be able to set a good example, and you may even learn a few things from your younger family members.

Gather Your Materials

Sure, you can put together a vision board online, but it’s so much more fun if you can make a craft project out of it. You’ll need to make a quick trip to a nearby store for some basic supplies. No need to track down a craft specialty store. You should be able to find all these items at any store that sells school supplies:

·  Posterboard

·  Scissors

·  Colored pencils or markers

·  Glue or glue sticks

Find Source Material

In addition to the above supplies, you’ll also need a source for the photos you’ll glue to your poster board. Collect any magazines or catalogs you have around the house and purchase a few that might have pictures representing your child’s goals. You might even find that friends and relatives have some extra magazines taking up space around the house. If you have a color printer, keep a device nearby that you can use to look up and print photos as you go.

Cut and Paste

Once you have everything you need, it’s time to start creating. There are no rules. The only objective is to have fun and start thinking about what you want out of life. You and your teen will probably find that the process of creating a vision board is actually a bit of a stress reliever, as many craft projects can be. There are three types of vision boards:

  • Goal-Defining—With this vision board, your teen has goals in mind and is simply putting it down on paper.
  • Goal-Building—If your teen has no fixed goal in place, this board can help explore the possibilities, hopefully finding a goal by the end of it.
  • Theme-Based—This type of vision board follows a predetermined theme, with goals restricted to that. A vision board may be restricted to the upcoming school year, for instance.

Once you have your vision board in place, make sure you revisit it occasionally to see how your teen is working toward reaching those goals. It may help to create a new vision board every few months, updating it to match how your goals have changed. A new vision board at the start of each semester could be a great way to set the tone for the upcoming session.If you’re interested in an alternative form of education for your student, contact us! We’d love to answer any questions that you have.