The diverse offer of remote courses has turned this lockdown into a once in a lifetime chance to learn a new skill, or upgrade the existing ones. Keeping your brain active is also a powerful ally to beat home fatigue and keep mental health issues at bay. The tricky bit is how best to learn a new skill in such unusual circumstances. With this in mind, here are our top tips for doing just that.
1. Set your expectations
These days there are options out there for everyone. Coursera & Udemy offer free or affordable courses from many leading universities, while LinkedIn’s Lynda.com provides a wide range of brief courses and classes.
2. Verify the quality of the course
Just because a course is not offered by a big-name university doesn’t mean it’s not recognised or rigorous. Look for accreditation and scrutinise reviews in detail.
3. Treat your learning as a structured job
Even if all you’re doing is looking to be productive, the key is structure. Make sure you start and finish your days at set times to avoid burnout.
4.Set a clearly defined study zone
Working in a calm, yet structured environment is paramount to productivity. Choose a comfortable space lit by abundant natural light.
Power hack: The ultimate hack is choosing something that genuinely interests you. Choose wisely and to avoid getting carried away by big brands. Learn a new skill and make sure you have fun doing it.
Getting yourself into a productive mindset in the morning helps! Read more on how to do it here.