The use of visuals have been shown to be a key link in aiding learning for both understanding and remembering, and many workplaces are now adopting such resources. For some of you the use of visuals may be a powerful motivator to keep you on track to achieve the goals you want to achieve.
It can do this by signalling frequent cues, but also because it filters out the “noise” of other distractions. This is especially important to keep you focused on a bigger picture when the daily stresses and obstacles come your way.
Post-It note reminders
I love post-its-I think they are one of the best inventions. Using them to write down your goals, whether it be a daily or weekly goal like “I am going to save $50 this week” or a more long term goal like “I will have $10,000 in savings in 2 years” this can keep you reminded of what you want to achieve. You should place them somewhere you can regular see them and read them. This way it will almost be like a positive affirmation. Try the back of the toilet door which also keeps it private if that is one of your worries.
Buy a stack of notecards and write down a goal or aspiration on each one. You may want to decorate them in some colourful way or draw pictures on them. They work the same as the post-its although may be a bit more harder to use as a reminder. If you are going to go this route I would either carry them around with you or make a point to read through them every day (maybe use your train trip to go over them).
Visual Mind Maps
Mind maps are a type of graphic organiser which can be a particularly powerful tool to increase motivation and internalise your goals. The best way is to make it big. This one is probably better for medium-long term goals. You start with a centre bubble and then use branches to small bubbles which will list your different goals like a holiday, savings goal, paying off your credit card etc. Around each goal you may need extra branches which may list items you need to do to achieve those goals. I would put this one up on your wall so you can regularly look at it.
Whether you use pictures in the other tools is up to you. I was watching an episode of Wife Swap where a family have a wishing book and in it that stick pictures of things they want to achieve. Their main one was a $4million dollar house they hope to be able to buy in the future. The pictures were both of the house and them in the house. You might want to use a picture of a particular holiday destination you want to visit or it may be even a picture of you cutting up your credit card. Place them on your fridge or wall above where you work so you can continually look at it.
Why they may help?
As stressed earlier having these type of visual tools gives you reminders of what you want to achieve in life. It may not work for everyone, but for some the frequent reminder may keep their motivation up to stay on track. It is very easy to get deterred especially for savings or getting out of debt, so any little thing we can do to keep going is going to set us up better for the future.
If you have used something like this before , or have other ideas for your fellow readers, let us know how it worked for you.