Whether as a creator or a student, one of the most irritating things that can happen is feeling uninspired and unmotivated. When I have so much to do and already feel stressed about it all, the last thing I need is to lack the motivation to get things done. I learned there is a strong correlation between the environment of my workspace and my level of productivity. a junky, jumbled desk is stress-inducing and makes it much harder to take care of business. Yet, a super plain, bland workspace can leave me staring off into space and lacking inspiration. Luckily, I found a solution to this issue and wanted to share with you all, which is creating a mood board!
A mood or vision board is a collection of images, text, artwork, materials, etc. all following a central theme that is used to bring forth new ideas or project a concept. Not only are mood boards aesthetically pleasing and can add a nice touch to space, they can help you stay on track for a major project, organize your thoughts or even serve as some inspiration when your creative juices are lacking. Plus, it’s a lot easier to make one than you may think.
There are two ways I like to make my mood boards. When I am feeling really creative and have some free time, I do it the old fashion way and cut images and from old magazines and books or collect a few from the internet. I lay everything out to arrange it how I want it before gluing or taping everything down, the result is a super cool product I can display in my workspace. My other method is using the Saved Posts and Collections feature on the Instagram app. I create a collection with a theme and color scheme in mind and save different posts that fit the criteria to the collection. Once I have between 12 and 15 images, I screenshot the entire mood board and save it as the wallpaper or lock screen on my phone. It is a quick and easy way to get a dose of inspiration each time I pick up my cell.
Here is an example of a mood board I made for my lock screen.
Mood boards can also serve as a way to organize your thoughts and ideas when you are lacking inspiration or direction for a certain project or task. As someone with a short attention span, my thoughts can bounce all over the place when I’m trying to decide how to tackle a project. Using a mood board is a visual way to project what’s going on in my head and reflect on the goals I want to achieve and the theme I want to focus. It is very helpful since it is clear when something doesn’t fit with the rest of the text, colors, and images present in the board, it is obvious which ideas should stay and which should go.
So next time you are lacking motivation, having trouble staying focused, or just want a new way to get and keep your creative juices flowing, try making a mood or vision board for yourself. There’s no right or wrong way to do so and the final product can be something truly beautiful.