How to Take Online Classes While Juggling Your Life

Ravindra N Kondekar

IIT Bombay alumnus Ravindra Kondekar has spent over 27 years working in India’s tech industry. He worked in software development for the Department of Sp LESS MORE

Learning! This is at the heart of the 7th habit of Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Sharpen the Saw! You must continually improve your greatest asset, which is you.

The advent of massive open online courses (MOOCs) revolutionized the learning space and made it easy to learn. You don’t have to struggle to find good courses in your field of interest, or depend on your employer to arrange training. You can register for sophisticated courses from the best universities in the world with just a few clicks and without money on an online learning platform. You will find many other MOOC providers if the e-learning platform does not offer a subject, but for a fee. Yes, we are indeed spoiled for choice. But this created a new problem.

As easy as it is to enroll in a course, it is difficult to complete it with the continuous juggling of our lives. We don’t have the luxury of time. In fact, we don’t even remember when we last had it! It is therefore not surprising that you have several incomplete online courses in your name. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you organize yourself deliberately, you could indeed take the courses and benefit from them.

So here’s a 7-step plan for taking online classes while juggling your life.

  1. Make content ubiquitous – The first action must be to organize the content of the course in such a way as to make it practical. It would mean very little. Bookmark the course web page in your computer’s browser, preferably in the bookmarks bar. Leave your browser “Remember Me” as well, so you don’t waste time typing in your credentials to get in. If you’ve configured your browser to share bookmarks across all your devices, you won’t have to do anything to get the bookmarks. in your Smartphone/Tab browser, but if not, do it explicitly.
  2. eat the elephant – The only way to eat an elephant is to take one bite at a time! Do not wait for a good day, which you will spare to do only one thing! The day will never come! It’s like trying to swallow the whole elephant. Stick to what you can achieve in smaller pockets of time. Fortunately, these courses are already divided into small units.
  3. Take those little unused pockets of time– Now that we have decided to consume the content in small pieces, the next question is, when? If the class doesn’t use a lot of presentation material, you can do it with other physical rituals. Here are my main favorite activities: night walks, chopping vegetables and working out. Plug in your headphones, start the device and continue the physical activity that does not require any particular mental concentration. The course is starting to move forward inch by inch, every day! In short, connect the course to one or more of your existing rituals.
  4. Track Course Completion – Most classes have to follow a certain order. In either case, prepare a tracking chart where you can continue to mark completed units. This tracking mode helps in a way to congratulate you on your progress and motivate you to move the work forward. Create a folder dedicated to this course on your computer to keep this table and everything you produce.
  5. Keep an eye out for takeout – After each section, you will need to think about the main takeaways. It would be better if you keep collecting these points while you are taking the course. Group them by section in a document
  6. Get an overview – Once you have completed all sections of the course, you should have an overview of all the lessons together. It can take many forms, but the one I like is Mind Map. You can create a few mind maps that slice and dice all the information and help you get a feel for that knowledge!
  7. Let the rubber meet the road – It is one thing to acquire knowledge and another to apply it. You should find ways to apply the knowledge. You need to set relevant goals and plan for them. Now a train of elephants is heading for your dining table! But now you know how to eat an elephant, so get all those goals and the steps needed to achieve them into your work management system and track them through to completion.



The opinions expressed above are those of the author.


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