I’ve been so intrigued by the results that the people taking my Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course are getting that I decided to do some deeper research into why this may be.
It turns out that a number of studies have been conducted in recent years by educational bodies to find out how online courses compare to face-to-face tuition, and increasingly online courses are being found to be comparable or more effective. There are some topics and skills that online learning doesn’t work so well for, of course, but when it comes to clutter clearing, my experience is that it most certainly does.
One reason for this is that while taking the course, the person is surrounded by their clutter rather than sitting in a workshop making well-intentioned plans for what they will do when they get home. This means they can action each step right then and there, which makes it much more likely they will actually do it.
Another reason is that the Fast Track Clutter Clearing course I teach is spread over a 21-day period, so each person knows that if they can just commit to putting in some extra effort in for that defined period of time, it will pay dividends. The course consists of seven steps, spaced three days apart, which means that even if someone gets too busy on one or two of the days to do anything at all, it’s usually possible to squeeze in some clutter clearing time on the third day of the step to make it possible to keep up.
Then there is the camaraderie that develops within the group, with participants rallying to support and inspire each other. This makes the whole clutter clearing process so much easier and more enjoyable. The courses are not run with the intention of making people accountable to other group members, but somehow most people naturally feel this way, which spurs them to keep up with the steps and report back on their successes. By the end, of course, they feel like old friends, and many have commented on how lovely it is to meet up again online if they take other courses with me.
Many a well-intentioned clutter clearing project stalls as a result of not knowing how to tackle some unforeseen aspect that arises, and this is another way that the online course format has proved to be so effective. Questions can be posted to the message board and help obtained within a short period of time, enabling each person to move on instead of giving up.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, modern technology means that this online course is accessible to everyone, no matter where in the world they live. People from 25 countries around the world have so far taken part, from all walks of life and all manner of cultural backgrounds. What they all have in common is clutter, and a desire to free themselves from the effect it has on their lives.
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