I love school. I finished 3 majors at my university and had 45 extra units by the time I graduated. I would have stayed in college forever if I could had figured out a way to make money by being a professional student.
I love being in the Software Industry. There is always work to do and so much to learn. On top of that, there are a ton of resources out there to learn pretty much whatever you want. I especially love online courses from organizations like egghead.io or Coursera. Every time I peruse a course catalog on some learning platform, I feel like a kid in a candy store.
I have one problem though. A problem I didn't have in college.
I start way more online classes than I actually finish.
Anyways, I digress. The course started off so good, I wanted to ensure a way for myself to actually finish it. So I came up with a plan where I took two key things that helped me stay successful in college: Writing notes & accountability.
After every lesson, I sharpen a pencil, take some piece of recycled paper and wrote 3 things I learned. It didn't matter how simple or complicated it was, I wrote it down. This only took a few minutes but I found this review/summary note taking process helped solidify what I was learning in a tremendous way. At the same time, I am also creating a log and index of my progress.
Once I was done writing the notes, I took a picture of it and posted it to a specially created Instagram account. It's interesting that although I didn't have that many followers, this social media sharing became my accountability to finish. Every time I looked at that account, I felt motivated to do another lesson and take one step closer to completion.
Although, I didn't finish the course in 30 days, I did finish it. I believe this technique (which I'm going to affectionately call InstaLearning) provided just enough structure to keep me disciplined yet fun enough to not feel like a burden. I would encourage anyone who likes online courses to give InstaLearning a try.