Feeling overwhelmed with just the thought of creating an online course? You’re not alone. This is the biggest roadblock for course creators. And it’s very easy to get overwhelmed because there are so many moving parts involved in course creation.
You don’t just come up with a course idea and build an outline of what you want to teach. You also have to figure out how to create content like video, audio and workbooks. That often means figuring out tech you may not have used before. Then you need to figure out where to host it and that comes with so many options that you just get stuck. Not to mention figuring out how to use the platform once you choose one.
Let’s take a look at 5 tips to help you prevent that feeling of overwhelm that leads to you getting stuck. So you can finally create the course you want to create.
Tip #1 – Get it out of your head
Write down every step you need to take to create your course. Just brain dump everything you can think of and get it out of your head and onto paper.
Tip # 2 – Create an organised list of tasks
Take your massive (probably overwhelming) list and figure out what you need to do first. Then what is your next move, and the next etc. Create a sequential list of tasks.
Tip #3 – Batch tasks
For things like recording your videos, where you may need to get your hair done or visit a specific location, try to do all of your recordings at once.
Tip #4 – The only way to eat an elephant is a bite at a time
Break every single task down into micro-steps. Easy, manageable, achievable actions that you can check off your list as you complete them. Who doesn’t love checking things off a list!
Tip #5 – Schedule 3 x 20-minute slots a day
If you have a day job you could do an early morning session, and two in the evenings with a 10-minute break in between. Use the list you made with the micro-steps and try to check off as many as you can in 20 minutes.
Lastly, try not to make it overwhelming for yourself. Most course creators I work with usually try to add too much to their courses. Think of your first course as a starter house. It’s small and cosy and does what it needs to do. And that’s okay as long as it teaches someone something. The next time you launch it you can refine it and add more content.
I hope this helps you get your course created without the overwhelm.