Who wouldn’t love a fun arts and crafts project that will also help you achieve your goals? Increase your motivation, confidence, and performance with the help of an awesome vision board! Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Oprah will surely back this up.
First and foremost, do some self reflection and see what matters to you most and then go from there. Then, think about if you want it to be digital or print. Print is pretty straight forward, grab some scrap cardboard or construction paper and browse the internet or magazines for pictures or any sort of clippings you like! For digital, my favorite tool is canva. A website that can do everything and more when it comes to digital art. To start, choose the dimensions you want and they have a ton of free photos for you to add along with text of your choice, or you can search for photos and paste them right on!
The best part…it’s completely customizable! If you want inspiration for your new novel pop on some pictures or quotes about what you’re envisioning for your story. Your story will come to life before your eyes and should make the writing process a bit easier- at least to start!
Here is a board I created on canva using pinterest photos! I set it as my screensaver just to make me smile. This is more of a life mood board which you can create as well!
Here are some more vision boards for inspiration…
Put it somewhere you will see it everyday as a helpful reminder!
Every now and then we all need a boost of motivation. Whether you are getting it from your friends, coworkers, or an app it is always nice to hear! We have rounded up some apps to put you into the right space mentally. Take a look and maybe try them for yourself.
This is a positive affirmation app. Select the ones you like and record them in your own voice! Apparently, hearing affirmations in your own voice instead of hearing them from someone else makes it 10x more effective.
Do you like to create vision boards? Well if so this app is for you! Create a bucket list of all your dreams, goals, and plans. Then use the app to tackle those goals and keep track of them!
Cost: Free or $9.99/month with premium
With this app you will get a podcast, therapist, and bullet journal all in the palm of your hand. They offer over 900 audio sessions with the topic of your choosing. Use this app to set personal reminders and keep your goals on track!
Breaking up your work into smaller tasks makes it easier to stay motivated. Which is why Be Focused helps you divide tasks into 25 minutes of work with a five minute break. If you are determined to kick procrastination to the curb check this app out!
This is an app on your phone designed to keep you off your phone. I know how it sounds, but this app makes it fun! You plant a seed when you want to put down your phone, as time goes by a tree will form. However, if you pick your phone back up and leave the app your tree will die. You can unlock rewards and challenge your friends! It is a fun way to be motivated to have less screen time.
I hope one of these apps will catch your eye to stay motivated and keep your stress at ease. Let us know if you have any other great apps that help you stay motivated when you need it the most!
Dreams can be a source of raw inspiration to authors. You just have to find a way to unlock it. Here are some tips on how to use your dreams to their full advantage:
1.Keep a dream journal
By simply keeping a pad and paper next to your bed allows you to quickly jot down notes so you can remember in the morning. You don’t have to analyze the dream in the middle of the night, but write down the things that will spark your memory.
2. Take up daydreaming
Let your mind drift. Open your mind to other possibilities.
3. Go deeper into your dreams
Lucid dreaming is the ability to recognize that you are dreaming. Once you have the ability, you will be able to control your choices and behaviors in the dream world. Explore different outcomes and gain control over your dreams.
Now, I understand some people may say ‘I don’t remember my dreams’ or ‘I don’t dream at all’. My recommendation is to begin with day dreaming and see if you can take it further. There is a lot we are missing about dreams, and there are ways we can learn about the specific ones we are having- we must not forget that our minds are constantly working. As a writer you can use that to your advantage. Just don’t try too hard!
Writing in a personal diary is a good way to see your growth and expand your thoughts.
Your entries could be anything from recalling your day, writing personal thoughts, poems, drawing a picture, or recording your dreams. It isn’t like keeping a journal for school where you had to write specific things- this time, it’s for you!
The hardest thing you may come by is the willingness to write frequently. You may think you don’t have anything to record or that you don’t have time. A tip you can use is to set a timer when you feel like writing to get your thoughts out. Eventually you will get used to a schedule and have a whole diary filled before you know it.
In the beginning it is helpful to ask yourself questions to get your entry going:
What did I do today?
Did I learn anything today?
What are my personal goals?
If you are a writer, keeping a diary can help you with your creativity. It can be a source to grab material from and a place where you can store all your ideas.