What’s on your vision board? Or better yet—what’s hanging on the wall behind your computer screen? Here are 10 easy steps on how to make a Vision Board for your office/cubicle. All you need to start is a few Post-It notes, a wall calendar, and your favorite colored Sharpie. Let’s get to work!


1. Parking Lot Goals

List of long-term goals that you are working towards

  • A new program you want to start
  • An educational program you want to coordinate
  • Finding a mentor in a certain line of work
  • Goals for a social media platform

2. What’s Important

List of your company’s strategic goals that are most relevant to you

  • Integrated services
  • Transparent administration
  • Infrastructure goals
  • Advocacy or education initiatives
  • Clear communication

3. Accomplishments

Running list of everything you’ve accomplished this year (starts on your employee review date)

  • Quarterly reports delivered as promised
  • Inventories or space reports
  • SOPs and Policies that you authored
  • Certifications
  • Appointments to boards
  • Volunteer activities

4. Calendar

A monthly calendar is a must for any office wall

  • List only the most important monthly meetings
  • Don’t try to keep up with your Outlook calendar
  • Put both big personal events and work events on the calendar

5. Teams

List of all the teams you work with most

  • Administrative
  • Space & Equipment
  • Clinical
  • Research Integrity
  • Pre-Award
  • Post-Award
  • Patient Care
  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Education
  • Compliance
  • Quality
  • Biosafety

6. Systems

List of all the systems and programs you store data in or use each day

  • Grants Management
  • IRB Management
  • Educational systems
  • Survey systems

7. The Little Things

List of affirmations or important personal reminders

  • Reread the instructions.
  • “Lack of planning on your part—does not mean an emergency on mine.”
  • “Perpetual optimism is a magnet and a force multiplier.”
  • Brainstorm—Mindmap—Adapt
  • “Remember that the reason you are doing this is to make your life better.”
  • “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.”

8. Always Keep Learning

List of topics or programs that you want to learn more about for career development

  • Intellectual Property
  • Teaching skills
  • Recruitment
  • Interdisciplinary Engagement
  • Supervisory skills
  • Global trends
  • Social networking
  • Cradle-to-Grave skills

9. Publish or Perish

Running list of manuscript/article topics you want to write about

  • Topics related to your work
  • Topics related to global trends
  • Topics related to systems you created
  • Topics related to current topics

10. 2018 Goals

All of your monthly goals for the entire year

  • Each month should have 4-5 goals
  • If needed, break down bigger goals into several months
  • Allow enough time to accomplish each goal
  • Be specific but direct

Here is the final layout that I have used:


Have you tried it? Let me know how it went in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!