Learning for entrepreneur is one of the most important cogs in the wheel of growth and Prerna and I have also found that eCourses, whether free or paid, or in fact, any other medium of learning like eBooks, webinars are a great way to keep us ahead of the curve.
At the same time, we often hear from fellow entrepreneurs that a vast majority of information products- courses, eBooks, checklists that they’ve bought have never even been looked at.
That’s not unusual.
A couple of years ago we, too, realized that we were not doing justice to the number of learning aids that we were investing in and it was literally money going down the drain.
SO, we came up with a plan to make the most of all the learning we invest in.
Learning for Entrepreneurs: How to Get the Maximum Value Out of an eCourse
Here are our 5 key tips on how we make the most out of the learning material that we pay for or download for free:
1. Create a Learning Schedule
We swear by schedules.
Our productivity catapults to twice as much when we stick to our work slots and we accomplish so much more in the day.
A schedule not only helps you map out what will happen when, it also helps you focus on one task at a time.
So, if you’ve set aside 30 minutes to write a blog post then you are less likely to wander off to Facebook in between because you know it will eat into your next work “window”.
Also, if you’ve planned a detailed work schedule then you will put aside some time to network on social media and deal with emails so when you’re working on that blog post you can just concentrate on getting it done.
We always factor in time for learning in our weekly schedule and, slowly yet steadily, keep making progress on our learning resources.
2. Link the Learning to your Goals
It is extremely important to link your learning to a goal.
So, if you want to learn how to use the Power Editor feature for Facebook advertising then you need to know what larger goal will it linking to.
Will you be actually using that feature on a regular basis?
If yes, that’s great.
If no, then it will be better to spend your learning time elsewhere.
Without a goal it is nearly impossible to assess and measure what you want to learn and how well have you done it.
3. Write down Your Takeaways or Learning:
When we start our learning process, we create a simple word document called “Takeaways from (the name of the course)”.
It helps us note down the things we learnt and would want to implement to improve our business/life.
It also serves as a great tool to create action items that have to be implemented.
For instance, if you took an eCourse on how to create great social content, a Takeaways document will help you go back to all the actionable tips whenever you need to create social media updates, blog posts and more.
4. Finish What’s On Your Plate
We have a simple rule of not buying an eCourse, eBook, Training or any other learning resource if we still haven’t finished our last one.
It helps us with being accountable for the investment that we made AND ensures we actually invest in the training and not just financially.
It also helps YOU avoid two of the greatest “conditions” to affect entrepreneurs – shiny object syndrome and fear of missing out.
5. Implement and Measure
One of the biggest differences between a great business and a good one is that they implement more.
Unless you implement what you’ve learnt from the training in question and then measured progress, all the time and money you invested in it is pretty much…a waste.
So, if you did invest in an eBook to boost productivity and even read through it… but then instead of taking the tips to create a schedule, work out a routine, do away with time wasters and more; then buying the eBook wasn’t the best investment of either your money or your time.
So, have YOU ever invested in learning resources for your entrepreneurial self but then… let them gather dust on virtual shelves?
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I am an educator and e-course designer and really like your strategies for the learner. You’ve pinpointed the need for self-accountability and avoiding the notorious shiny object syndrome.
I’m going to share this with my peeps and on my Facebook group, E-Learning Rocks!
Thanks for your inspiring ideas.
I am glad you liked the ideas in the post..You’re right about avoiding the shiny object syndrome and self-accountability..Thanks for sharing Kelly : )
You really touched on a very important topic. There are so many free or paid training materials on digital marketing out there that I can spend the rest of my life just reviewing those downloads without doing any actual work on my business 🙂 I own a natural fiber baby clothing business at http://www.junebeebaby.com and digital marketing is the key to my success. However, it’s changing and updating itself so fast that I am struggling to catch up and bring myself up to date on all important items from social medial to best targeting techniques, etc. Your article has been a true wake up call for me. Appreciate all the information you put together. Will follow your tips and see how it goes. Thank you!
Glad you liked the tips..You’re right about digital marketing being a key driver to your success and staying up to date with the latest trends is imperative..We’ve created a daily window of learning in our calendars for us to stay in touch with most of the developments in the field, learn and it really helps us..All the best with your baby clothing business 🙂
I am currently working on creating an e-course and like these learning strategies. I will encourage those who may take my course (once it is ready) to keep this mind. Accountable selling is important too.
Thanks for sharing Susan..Accountability is really important for most aspects of our life and business and appreciate you wanting to share with your readers..All the best for your eCourse 🙂
I’m glad it’s not just me! Thank you Mayank. I feel less alone and less shame 😉
I have very recently ceased buying until I complete the courses I’ve purchased – you know – the ones I simply couldn’t live without!!
It feels great to complete the training. When I just “knew” I had a whole bunch of training I hadn’t gone through, or implemented, I felt drained and pulled. Making such a commitment to self feels wonderful.
I really like what you said – “accountable for the investment that we made AND ensures we actually invest in the training and not just financially.”
You’re absolutely right..It does feel draining and makes you feel guilty about the non-action. However, it does get tough sometimes when you’re juggling so many balls..Glad you liked the post and thanks so much for sharing : )
Hahaha I’m working on this RIGHT NOW, cause I’m super bad about snagging up courses and books. I signed up for a class, and I’m making sure that I dedicate time each week for my homework. 🙂 (Then I need to catch up on my old classes….and my Pocketed articles…)
That’s great Amanda! Totally cheering you on 🙂
Hello,My name is Warren and i am a newbie to this field.You are so right,this stuff can be overwhelming and i am one of the people who try to get Ebooks all the time to learn what i can to get started.I was a truckdriver for a lot of years and that was the only thing i ever known but now my circumstances have change and i decided to go this route.I have learnt so much from your your website.Thank you for all that you do and i am gonna start implementing these lessons and tools.I am trying to help my wife with her business as well as get mine going and it can overwhelming.Again thank you,Warren
I’m so glad that our content is helping you to get where you want and wish you lots of luck with your and your wife’s ventures…
Cheering you on 🙂