Career and Personal Development

How to Make a Vision Board for your Office in 10 Easy Steps

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!

Article publié pour la première fois le 19/04/2018

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