What’s really keeping you from making progress on your goal of creating an online course?
- Are you overwhelmed?
- Are you not making time to work on it?
- Are you stuck on a certain step?
The Complete Online Course Creation Checklist is a great resource for #1 and #3. It breaks down the process step-by-step and explains each phase. Some parts are going to be hard, but you can push through.
If you have a full life, a job, and a family, you definitely feel the time crunch. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, but it does mean that you have to get creative and align how you spend your time with what’s important to you.
And maybe creating this course is not that important to you right now. If that’s your truth, it’s okay. It may be important later.
If creating your online course is important to you right now and you want to help people and make extra money sooner rather than later, here are a few recommendations.
This is your roadmap.
Look at the checklist and figure out where you are.
Create a Work Plan
Each Sunday, decide what you’re going to complete or work on during the week. Look at your schedule for the week and identify specific time slots to complete your tasks.
You don’t have to work on your course the same time each week or every day. Life isn’t that simple or rigid. Your schedule doesn’t have to be either. What’s important is that you determine exactly when (the day and time) that you’re going to work on your tasks during the week.
You may have to get up early. You may have to stay up late. You may have to work on it during your lunch hour. You may have to negotiate an hour or two with your spouse when you can work at a local coffee shop or restaurant.
Be honest about how you work best and set up your environment for success.
What does that mean?
It means that if you need complete silence, you need to pick days and times when the house is silent or when you can get away and let the white noise of a coffee shop be the soundtrack to your work.
This is not optional.
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Make it Realistic
Try not to be overly ambitious. I fall into this trap sometimes.
If you have 2 hours when you can work on your course this week, break up your tasks to fit that time slot. Don’t try to cram a 4 hour task into a 2 hour time slot.
How much you complete each week is less important than actually working on your course each week. Each week. That’s the key. Momentum will propel you forward and before you know it, you will have made tremendous progress. You’ll feel accomplished and proud. And you deserve it.
In my free resource “7 Steps to Completing Your Online course” I recommend that you find an accountability partner who will check in with you once a week and ask you two questions:
- What do you plan to work on this week?
- What did you accomplish last week?
This can be a quick email check in. You can do it by text or by phone. It doesn’t matter. Knowing that you have to tell someone what you completed can be an effective strategy for many people.
Download and complete the scheduling worksheet this week, call a friend who might be a great accountability partner and start working on your online course.