The Post-it Note Course Outlining Process
The first step to outlining your online course is to complete a brain dump. This allows you to clear your head and make room for creativity and flow. In this post I’ll show you my favorite way to do this by using post-it notes.


Mindmap brain-dump⁣

I always start the course creation process by doing a brain-dump. This allows me to get everything out of my head and into a visual format.

I usually do this by creating a mindmap and by using post-it notes. It’s best to find a place where you can keep the post-it notes up for a while so you can continue to review and refine.


Cluster and organize ⁣

Next, I begin to cluster items into groups. These groups become the modules in the course. The image below is from one of my clients. They kept the post-its on their closet door to ensure they saw it multiple times per day. 


Create a 1st draft⁣
From there, I create a 1st draft of the outline in Airtable whcih consists of the modules and lessons within the course.


Review and refine
This rough draft becomes an ongoing work in progress as I continue to review and refine the outline.


Create your final outline/project plan.
Eventually the rough draft is transformed into the final outline in Airtable. This then becomes my project plan since I know the components that need to be created for each lesson.

Example from Online Courses Academy

One of the modules is ‘Creating your course content’. From there, I divided the module into smaller chunks, which became my lessons, and for each lesson I outlined 3 main topics I wanted to discuss in that video.

MODULE: Creating your course content

  • LESSON 1: The efficient workflow for creating your content
  • LESSON 2: Creating your worksheets
  • LESSON 3: Scripting your video lessons
    • TOPIC 1: Why scripting your videos is important
    • TOPIC 2: How to structure your video lesson scripts
    • TOPIC 3: Strategies to script your videos
  • LESSON 4: Creating your slides for your video lesson
  • LESSON 5: How to film, edit and host your video lessons
Hi, Im Megan
… An entrepreneur, personal development fanatic, dog lover and native Floridian.  I’m here to help you turn your zone of genius into a beautiful, wildly successful online course so you can design a life filled with more fun, love and money.
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