Should You Create Digital or Physical Vision Boards?

digital vs physical vision board

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a vision board? A physical board on a wall, perhaps? But did you know that you can create digital vision boards too? Of course, in a digital age, this is not unusual. In fact, there are apps you can use to create a vision board on your device. 

So you may be wondering which is best for you to explore in your virtual assistant business. A digital or physical vision board? In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of both.

1. Expense

A physical vision board could be more costly than a digital one.
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A physical vision board can be considered to be a more costly venture than a digital vision board. With a digital vision board, you don’t have to worry about getting supplies such as magazines or art materials to build a physical object. You can simply snip from websites, ebooks, e-magazines, etc., or use the resources provided in a free app.

In this case, it’s a win for digital vision boards.

2. Meaningfulness

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One could argue that digital vision boards take the fun out of the experience. You could say there is something meaningful about taking the time to physically clip inspiring items from a magazine and pasting them on a board. 

You are doing more, and it might feel more tangible — more real — having that physical experience. It can be a far more memorable, and thereby a far more inspiring experience.

In this case, it’s a win for physical vision boards.

3. Convenience

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Digital vision boards can remove a lot of the hassles of creating a physical board. It takes less time, fewer resources, and less effort. For someone running a business, this can be a very attractive advantage.

In this case, it’s a win for digital vision boards.

4. Impact

Create a physical vision board with attractive materials.
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Because physical vision boards are a more tangible representation of your dreams, their impact could be considered stronger than a digital version of the same. You can actually touch it. You can’t really touch what’s on your phone.

Plus, a physical one is there in clear view. It’s always in focus. You can’t scroll or swipe away from it. In contrast, a digital board can easily get lost behind all the distractions and clutter on your phone and computer. The physical one will always be on that wall in your office every time you look up. 

In this case, it’s a win for physical vision boards.

5. Portability

You could view your digital vision board on your phone anywhere and anytime.
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You definitely can’t carry a physical vision board with you on the bus. But you can do that with a digital one on your phone. 

Humans are mobile, and the things that help us the most are also mobile as a result. With a digital vision board, you can be inspired by your dreams wherever you may be. 

In this case, it’s a win for digital vision boards.

6. Inclusiveness

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Not everyone is digitally savvy. That’s why physical vision boards will always have their place. They provide awesome experiences for the younger generation and convenience for older adults who might not have the digital design skills or preference to create a vision board online.

In this case, it’s a win for physical vision boards.

7. Change

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Sometimes there will be things you want to change or add. Once you have the digital skills, it is probably far easier and more convenient to make those changes digitally. 

It might take a lot of physical energy to change things around on that vision board on your wall, whereas certain apps and digital tools make it very easy to shift things around.

In this case, it’s a win for digital vision boards.

8. Learning curve

Lady is training another lady on the computer.
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Whether you are tech-savvy or not, learning how to use certain digital tools might take some time. You need to figure out how to navigate across the app and find the features you need to do what you want. You might find yourself watching YouTube videos or reading tutorials as you try to figure out the how-tos.

With a physical vision board, it’s quite simple. As long as you have the resources you need, all you have to do is clip, arrange, and paste. 

In this case, it’s a win for physical vision boards.

9. Creativity

Several magazines for vision board inspirations
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It can be argued that a digital vision board offers tools that can allow you to be more creative. You have limitless options for fonts, colours, shapes, etc. You can even be inspired by templates, which can give you a great starting point.

With a physical vision board, on the other hand, you are limited to only what is offered to you on the very static page of a magazine.

In this case, it’s a win for digital vision boards.

10. Less complicated

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Because you have fewer choices with a physical vision board, things become less complicated. 

In a digital context, you might spend hours trying to find the right text font or size. You spend time searching through hundreds of images trying to decide which is the best. The more choices you have, the more complicated it becomes. 

Yet another win for physical vision boards.

Final thoughts

Can’t make up your mind? No worries. Here’s a simple solution. Do both! 

Both physical and digital vision boards have their advantages, so maybe you can capitalize on both by doing both.

Place a physical vision board on the wall in your office to inspire you while you work. Have a digital vision board on your phone to inspire you when you are on the go. There can’t be too much motivation in your life.

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