The reality of creating an online course is that once you realize it’s a ‘must have’ in your business, you’re probably ALREADY extremely busy coaching, consulting, speaking, or just running your day-to-day business. We see this all the time with our clients, where they have been trying to piece together their courses in between meetings for years.
You know the whole saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.” The same can be said for trying to squeeze in creating your online course from scratch, while juggling all the things required of you as you manage your business (or while working full time trying to start your own business).
Getting your course to the finish line doesn’t have to feel like scaling a 30,000 foot mountain in high heels. With a structured plan and some dedicated time, you can overcome the challenges of a busy schedule and create your online course to leverage your expertise and free you up to do what you love.
In this post, we’ll explore 4 tips for creating your online course, even for those of you struggling to squeeze in a dedicated lunch hour (or who are we kidding, even 30 minutes!).
Tip #1: Use a structure and stick to it throughout the entire course creation process.
It’s difficult to multi-task on several large, important projects at one time.
The key is to spend time upfront creating an easy-to-understand structure for your project. In our work with clients, we use a Content Storyboard. This allows our clients to see, at a glance, the transformation for each module, their teaching components, and the actions their students will take.
When you dive back into creating your course, you can glance at your structure and know exactly where to focus your attention.
Having a clear, outlined game plan keeps you motivated and allows you to know exactly what needs to be accomplished, so it’s easy to hop back into the process when time allows.
Tip #2: Allocate dedicated time to create your online course.
Speaking of “when time allows”…
It’s easy to treat your own business projects as second fiddle to clients. When you treat your course as an essential revenue-generating project for your business, you can make progress – no matter how busy you are.
Try blocking off a specific time every week to create your online course. Even an hour each week, structured well, can lead to massive progress.
Alternatively, set up ‘creative dates’ with yourself, where you block off several hours, change your location (perhaps a coffee shop or co-working space), and work on big blocks of your course. Changing your scenery can shift the way you think about your project and spark new insights and ideas.
Experts in our community have shared with us that without the support of our Create 6-Figure Courses Virtual Bootcamp program or Private Course Creation Services, they’ve spent at least a year (on average) creating their courses. This is because they are working on their courses “when time allows,” and have not set up systems and structures to get them to the finish line.
On the other hand, experts who have a plan and support typically finish their courses in about 3 months!
Tip #3: Keep detailed notes.
Remembering what you should do next, what you’ve already done, and the goal for each component of your course is impossible if it all lives in your head. The context switching alone can take up a lot of your bandwidth. If you’ve ever spent 30 minutes reorienting yourself with a long overdue project, only to emerge more lost than before, you know what I mean.
At the end of each course creation session, spend 5 minutes summarizing anything you would like “future you” to know, including what you have worked on, what you see as the next action, and questions you have.
When you sit down to work on your course in between meetings in two weeks, you’ll be able to jump right back in with the next step.
Tip #4: Know when to delegate or outsource.
Every minute you are doing something outside of your zone of genius is an opportunity for you to refocus on creating value for your clients.
There are two ways to approach freeing up time to work on your course. You can either delegate non-essential tasks or partner with someone to help you create your course.
What to consider when delegating:
- Think about tasks that are time-consuming or repetitive, like inputting client information into a database, sending invoices, or managing spam in your inbox.
- Find someone with experience in the task you are delegating. Before you hand the project off, ask them to walk you through how they would approach completing the task.
- When assigning tasks, it is critical to clearly communicate your expectations. Spending 30 minutes to craft detailed instructions, guidelines, and deadlines can save you hours in the long run.
What to consider when partnering with an agency or other expert to create your online course:
- Ensure the partner understands your vision and goals for your course (and your business as a whole).
- Evaluate their communication and collaboration style. Is it complementary to yours? Will they offer regular progress updates and opportunities for feedback?
- Take a look at their portfolio. Do they have the experience and expertise to help you create a transformational online course?
If you don’t already have someone to delegate to, it is usually more efficient to find a partner to help with your course. This is because an online course is a leveraged product that generates revenue while you are working on something else in your business.
Either way, taking non-essential items off your list and being ruthless about what actually needs to be completed can give you the freedom to spend more time on your course.
You can create your own online course – even with a packed schedule. By implementing these four tips, you can overcome the challenges that come with a hectic schedule and still make meaningful progress towards your goal.
Remember to use a clear structure to guide your course creation process, allocate dedicated time each week to work on your course, keep detailed notes to stay organized, and know when to delegate or outsource tasks that are outside your expertise.
With determination and persistence, you can bring your online course to life and generate leveraged revenue for your business.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to start, and don’t have the time to lead the strategy, hire freelancers, and manage your project, our Course Creation Support team is here to help. We have the expertise and resources to guide you through the process and set you up to create your own transformational course (often in less than 90 days).
Don’t let your busy schedule hold you back from creating an online course that can have a significant impact on your business.
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