I’m Airing my Dirty Laundry
My laundry is a hot mess.
My clothes aren’t dirty and raggedy. They aren’t smelly with indistinguishable stains.
No, my main problem is that my clothes aren’t organized. I have colors mixed with the whites, socks missing their soul mates, dry cleaning mingling with the regular clothes. It looks like a war zone. (My mom would be oh so proud!)
I kid you not, I found one of my socks underneath the kitchen sink! (No judgment please.)
I have a laundry basket that I attempt to use for my dirty clothes, but, for some reason I don’t think to use it. It’s SO much easier to throw them on the chair than in the hamper.
Since I’m not organized, it makes it that much more difficult on wash days because I have to go through and organize the clothes before throwing them in the washing machine.
Creating course content is like sorting laundry.
And, if you’re creating your first course or product you may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to organize your content.
A. A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh books got it right. “Organization is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up.”
As a course creator, you’ve got to sort your dirty laundry.
And, when I say laundry, I’m talking about your content. You’ve got to organize your content so that your learners aren’t scratching their heads wondering what the heck you’re talking about.
Sorting laundry is easy (despite the fact that I don’t do it). Whites with whites. Darks with Darks.
And there are some easy ways to organize your content, too, so that your learners understand.
3 Ways to Organize Content So Your Peeps Know What’s Up
Download these worksheets and start organizing your content!
Best used when you’re teaching a procedure or process. Usually this means you need to start with step one and then continue on to step infinity and beyond. This helps your learner follow a path.
How to Get Started: Pretend you’re teaching a young child. List ALL of the steps she should take to learn your concept.
Example: Course in setting up a WordPress site.
Best used when there is an issue to resolve or habits/mindset to change. This is good when you’re trying to help people understand the pros and cons of certain topics.
How to Get Started: List out all of the problems or negative thoughts about your topics. Then create a list of solutions or positive thoughts.
Example: Course in healthy eating habits.
Best used when there is no natural structure to your concept. Usually you can use this organization if you’re trying to dole out knowledge on a certain subject.
How to Get Started: List all of the concepts that are related to your topic.
Example: Course in providing health services.
There are many more ways to get your content organized, but these should help get your creative juices flowing!
I’d like to hear from you! First, I need to get personal. Are you a neat or messy laundry person? Second, how do you think you will organize your next course?
If you know someone who could use this info, go ahead and share it with them! Thanks!