5 Best Free Online Courses to Increase your Productivity

Whether you want to grow your business, learn new tools for time management or any self-improvement hack, the web is your friend. Here’s a list of 5 most popular free online courses you can take to increase your productivity.


 1. Learn better Time Management skills

Coursera offers a great class Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity.

How long will it take?

4 – 8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes

What you’ll learn?

This course will teach you tools, methods and techniques for goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and delegation to overcome time management challenges and enhance productivity.


 2. Improve your Work-Life balance

Do you ever struggle to manage work and the rest of your life? You are not alone. Ever since the rise of the “always-on” generation  — you can respond to emails, Slack notifications, work requests at any time of the day, making it hard to know when to switch off. Check out edX’s Get Beyond Work-Life Balance class to explore new strategies.

How long will it take?

4 weeks: 1-2 hours per week

What you’ll learn?

This course teaches you how to reach the impossible work-life “balance” and achieve success in your personal life, as well as professional.


 3. Take a Self- Assessment Course

Is it possible that the reason it feels like you’re moving at a snail’s pace be because you aren’t doing what you’re meant to be doing? Try edX’s Self-Assessment – Developing Your Strengths course.

How long will it take?

4 weeks: 1-2 hours per week

What you’ll learn?

This self-paced career development course will help you identify your strengths and interests and align your passions with a viable career path.


 4. Boost your mood

“Smile and you will start to feel better,” goes the old positive psychology recipe. Coursera offers a 5 series Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization by Dr. Martin E.P.  Seligman—renowned worldwide as the “father of Positive Psychology”.

How long will it take?

4 weeks: 2-5 hours per week

What you’ll learn?

This course will teaches you small-scale positive interventions to enhance aspects of your personal wellbeing. It covers topics from developing grit, resilience to character.


 5. Effective Altruism

This Princeton University course delves into the nitty-grittiness of altruism. By helping others and (truly) not expecting anything in return, is a sure fire way to improve our overall sense of self. Coursera’s Effective Altruism course is worth checking out.

How long will it take?

10-15 hours of videos and assignments

What you’ll learn?

This course is based on the idea that living a fully ethical life involves doing the most good one can. It examines the philosophical underpinnings and urges you to think about how effective altruism can be put into practice in your own life.

Have fun learning and remember…

 ~ Persist and Grow Forth ~

Do you have a course you’d like to recommend? I’m always looking for new things to learn. I’d love to hear your thoughts, please share them in the comments below.

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