29 Jan Everyday office provisions to create your vision board
What are common office supplies?
Many common office supplies are to be found in the home business setup or the SME workplace. Some less frequently used bits and pieces can be ideal support mechanisms to give you a thrust forward and successfully plan for the year ahead.
As January draws to a close we thought it an apt opportunity to discuss the ingenious concept of the ‘vision board’.
Have you created one this year or in the past?
Virtual high five if you have, we’d love to see what your top goals are (talking about them makes it more real). But even if you haven’t produced a vision board or even heard of the phrase, don’t worry, you are not alone and all will be revealed.
Only eight percent of people accomplish (or stick to) their New Year’s Resolutions. This is probably because they don’t have the level of determination needed to form the habit or their desire just isn’t convincing enough. The force is not strong with everyone and this is where a vision board can help.
Finding the right frame of mind
Creating a vision board is an exercise that you should ideally complete once a year to lay out your ideal goals – both in your business and personal life. Research suggests that by visualising your wants and needs they become ‘front of mind’ and therefore more attainable. And the stats speak for themselves with 82 percent of people in a recent survey stating that over half their vision board goals were achieved.
But would they have reached even half if they weren’t written down somewhere?
Think about what you really want from life this year. The simple act of placing images in some kind of order on a vision board and having it in a prominent place where you can see it daily will help you to focus – it will become more real.
But what does all this talk about vision boards have to do with common office supplies? Well, herein lays the magic of creation because you will need a few essential bits of stationery kit to complete the job.
Common office supplies needed to create a vision board
Three critical actions are required to prior to your visionary session.
- Pick out or take a few personal photographs of friends, family and colleagues that may depict your goals.
- Collect magazines, newspapers, leaflets and brochures that you are happy to cut images and headlines from.
- Gather the following items so everything is in one place before you begin:
- Scissors to cut out images
- Adhesive tape or glue to attach your chosen images
- Card – preferably A3 or A2 (the bigger the better)
- Marker or felt tip pens
- Safety cutter
- Glitter shaker
- Calligraphy pens
- Corrective media
Some of the office provisions in our list are optional but it provides a good checklist for both functional and craft stationery – some of you will want to keep it simple with only the facts and some of you will want to fluff it up a bit more with personality, glitter and unicorns!
Make it plausible
Keep an open mind and make sure your goals are ‘SMART’ in nature.
S – specific
M – measurable
A – achievable
R – realistic
T – time-focussed
A great many people fail because they set multiple objectives that they wish to achieve in a ridiculously short space of time. They also set large targets that are simply not realistic.
It’s a good idea to jot down your thoughts about what goals to include on your vision board using an ideas notebook before getting settled at your desk with scissors and selfies. Think about personal goals and work goals and aim for four or five of each.
Food for thought
Include ways to expand the company, achieve better staff engagement, diversify the product and service range or open a satellite office as business goals.
Personal objectives could include a once in a lifetime holiday, learning a new hobby, losing weight or purely to spend more time with your children. Whatever the ambition, make it tangible in some way such as ‘I want to spend two Fridays per month taking the kids out’. Adding substance to an aspiration makes it specific.
Ultimately, your work goals should support your personal goals.
The day of the vision board creation
A couple of hours is what you’ll need to put aside. Diarise an appointment with yourself and eliminate interruptions. Turn off your mobile and email, and relax.
Furnish yourself with a fresh pot of coffee or tea and a choice of healthy snacks. Remember to stay hydrated too. Sipping water throughout the day aids concentration and you’ll need to have your most creative and focussed hat on.
You are going to achieve great things and we’d love for you to share your vision board with us here or with our social media feeds. This act of announcing your targets in public will add a further level of commitment – best of luck.
Help is on hand
Office Prime Supplies offers a huge choice of common office supplies and specific products, available to order online or by calling 01270 760713.