Struggling to find ways how to follow through with commitments such as going through the whole online course that you just bought? You’re in the right place!
As you might already know, this part of my blog- Travel Blogging Boss is a resource for all travel bloggers and travel content creators where to find blogging and vlogging growth methods, marketing strategies, productivity growth methods that are no-BS and are actually useful, valid and gets results…or in short – stuff that work in travel blogging.
And how do I know it works?
Well, not because a fellow blogger or guru said it works… I know because I tested it myself on the blog or YouTube channel. And it worked!
So in this article, I’m sharing something important that I discovered, tested and found that it works like magic.
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You bought an online course but how to follow through with it?
Whether you’re in travel blogging or any other business, hobby or mindset, improving your skills with the help of online courses is a huge thing.
It’s the new way of learning things.
You don’t necessarily have to go to university to be a successful entrepreneur anymore.
Great online courses and eBooks will most likely do much more for you, will help you stay up to the trends and learn what works in the real world, not just in theory.
If you’ve bought an online course yourself, you’ll probably know there’s one major downside of learning this way.
And that is having the discipline and figuring out ways how to follow through it.
Three months ago I bought an awesome online course for 600 USD that I was dreaming about taking for so long.
I couldn’t wait to get learning and implement all the things I learned into my own travel blog.
I got it and jumped right in. I went through a module by the module for a few days. And then I stopped because other things got in the way.
A month passed and I hadn’t returned to it at all and hadn’t implemented anything.
So basically – 600 USD wasted.
And I don’t even want to think about the money lost that I could have made if I followed through and implemented everything. Ughhhh….
Has that happened to you too?
So to make sure this never happens again and I push myself to follow through with online courses and investment in my knowledge, I came up with this ritual that helped me to stay on track.
This is what helped me …
4 steps to help you follow through
1. Picking you “Happy Place”
I feel like it’s very important to feel good when going through a course. And that means intentionally putting yourself in an environment where you feel productive and happy to be at.
We can also call it a “Business paradise”.
Whether it’s a place in your house where you like to be the most, or a specific coffee shop, co-working space, etc.
Every time you’re going through the course material – go to your “Business paradise” and do it there.
It will help so much to look forward to the next course-crushing sessions.
I first practiced this while living in Canggu, Bali so I actually chose 3 happy places to mix things up (I crave diversity and different environments. That helps me be productive!) – Finns Co-Working space, Secret Spot cafe and Green Matcha Cafe.
I love being at all those places so I honestly was looking forward to each of my next work sessions there.
An action step for you: Picture your own favorite place where you enjoy being and working.
Write it down and commit to going there for all your next weeks “working in that awesome online course” sessions.
I bet you already look forward to it! 😉
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2. What’s your “Productivity Hour”?
Just like in anything else, the success formula to follow through a course if you do it regularly and consistently.
A great way to help yourself do that is to dedicate your most productive hours of the day to do it.
For me, these hours are usually right after I wake up and then until lunchtime.
So let’s say – 9:00 – 11:00 AM.
Now take those hours and schedule your course work sessions (as many as you need) on the same day, same time repeatedly for the next two weeks.
After two weeks of commitment, you’ll feel somewhat used to the consistency of this action and it will get easier and easier to get it done.
An action step for you: Get your work calendar out right now and block out these times. Don’t leave it for later, as then it’s more likely you won’t do it at all.
3. Let your “Why” motivate you
When you do something for a reason and with a goal in mind, it’s so much easier to follow through.
Let’s say my goal with this course I didn’t complete was to learn how to build a successful email funnel to reach the right audience, sell 1000 eBooks, make 30K USD and if successful, go on an Everest Base Camp trek as a reward to myself.
So whenever I don’t feel like going through the course, I picture myself all tired but extremely happy standing next to the colorful flags at Everest Base camp.
Whoaa! That really gets my blood rushing and I’m back to work!
An action step for you: think of your own why? Why did you get that course? What will it help you to achieve? How will it feel when you’ve achieved that?
Later, whenever you don’t feel like working, come back to your why and let it do the trick.
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4. Choose your “tune”
If you’re like me, the right music can get you super hyped.
I always work with headphones on, listening to my favorite songs. It removes the outside distractions and lets me be in the zone of doing my task.
I usually have one go-to song that I listen to right before starting the thing I’m about to do. When it’s working through courses that mostly are in the form of video or audio, I can’t listen to music at the same time. So I listen to a hype song before that.
But if I need to work through a written piece, my “2020” playlist plays in the background. (I build a playlist of my favorite songs by years. 2019 is over so I’m starting a new one and keep adding songs for the rest of the year.)
My hype song at the moment is Alan Walker’s “Alone, Pt.II”. I watched the video once and it was every adventure travelers dream. So I can’t get it out of my head now.
Last year it was Fletcher’s Undrunk. I loved it not so much for the meaning, but more for the tune and how crazy catchy it was.
Listening to your favorite song right before you get to work is another way how to put yourself in your happy place and set yourself up for a productive work sesh.
An action step for you: Choose your favorite song! Then put together a playlist of more songs that make you happy. If you’ll be looking forward to listening to it, it means you’ll also be looking forward to getting to your work session, coz they come together.
Do you have any of your own tricks that help you follow through with big tasks? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!