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Indulge in This Unique Online Learning Platform and Start Something New

Life may now consist of crying babies puking and peeing on you. Your job has planted its fangs deep into your neck sucking out every drop of energy from your body. Every so-called “free” minute of the day seems to be stolen by some mundane task on the never-ending to do list. Weekends are spent frolicking through the aisles of home improvement stores followed by riveting conversation in the garage with Bob the neighbor discussing kitchen cabinets and lawn fertilizer.

Your soul has gone missing.

It’s time to get it back.

Take an hour out of your day to dabble in a smorgasbord full of fun and hands-on online classes. Experiment with thousands of course offerings to learn a new skill or ignite a new or long-lost passion. Share your final projects with a community of like-minded individuals.

Skillshare is a project-based collaborative online learning platform with over 17,000 courses taught by industry professionals. Many courses are short in length and do an excellent job of introducing a new skill for the beginning enthusiast or aspiring professional.

Here are 13 well rounded courses to revive the brain and satisfy your curiosities.

1. Mobile Photography: Creating Consistent Look and Feel (35m)

Learn to take better photos. Go deeper than the selfies with dog ears.

This course walks you through taking better photos with a common theme. Learn to tell a story with your photos.

2. Basics of Photoshop: Fundamentals for Beginners (1hr 18m)

Learn the fundamentals of Photoshop in just over an hour.

Your class project will be to design a fun moodboard to share with other students.

SkillShare project moodboard

3. Make the Most of Instagram: Build Your Brand (26 Minutes)

If you are going to learn how to take better photos and tinker with Photoshop, why not learn how to share all of those amazing photos on Instagram?

Learn how to maximize Instagram in just under a half hour with Africa’s top Instagrammer, Gareth Pon.

4. Video Basics for All: Shoot with Your iPhone, Edit Like a Pro (52m)

In just 52 minutes, learn how to create professional looking videos with just your iPhone. You will learn what apps and tools to use as well as filtering, transitioning, and adding music.

Your final class project will consist of filming the 60 second story of you.

5. DIY Cinematography Secrets – Make Your Video Look Like a Movie (39 Min)

After nailing the videography basics, learn the techniques the pros use to make your videos look like a blockbuster movie seen on the big screen.

6. Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator (2h 19m)

Instead of plopping on the couch to watch a movie for two hours, why not spend that precious time to learn the ins and outs of Adobe Illustrator.

Your final project will consist of reproducing your favorite print ad like this class project featuring a Toy Story poster:

Skillshare class project Toy Story poster ad

7. Easy and Effective Graphic Design: The Ins and Outs of Canva (23m)

No time or money to mess around with a full-blown graphics program like Adobe Illustrator?

Perhaps you are looking for a simpler yet powerful solution to creating beautiful designs and professional looking graphics.

Look no further than Canva to design your next piece of artwork. Canva is an easy to use design program with several stock images to choose from, along with cool fonts and templates, to produce stunning designs.

8. Context is Key: Social Media Strategy in a Noisy Online World (1h 31m) 

Digital marketing mogul, Gary Vaynerchuk, talks to us about crafting a personal brand and how to create a compelling social media strategy in the midst of the chaotic online world we live in today.

Learn how to craft your own story while optimizing social media platforms.

9. Mastering WordPress: Build the Ultimate Professional Website (3h 49m)

WordPress is used to power over 28% of the world’s largest websites and nearly 60% of websites using a CMS platform. Learn how to master WordPress if you are thinking about starting a blog or website.

10. Humor Writing: Write Funny for the Internet (1h 2m)

Spice up your writing with a little humor.

There’s nothing more captivating than having the ability to induce sidesplitting laughter with written words.

This class teaches you how to come up with a funny idea along with structuring and styling that idea for presentation to your online audience.

11. Introduction to Modern Script Calligraphy (1h 47m)

Why bother learning calligraphy?

Sometimes taking a class in the unknown can ignite a new interest or passion.

A young Steve Jobs once dropped in on a college calligraphy class and what would result years later was the first personal computer to flaunt a beautiful display of typography across the screen.

Jobs said:

I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating. None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

12. Create A Perfect Morning Routine (34 minutes)

I woke up late this morning—took a 5-minute shower—and tossed some peanuts in my mouth for breakfast. I raced out the door and drove like a madman to the office. After battling traffic, I finally reached my destination. I stumbled through the door a wrinkled mess and looking like I had just rolled out of bed. It took some time to get my focus back for the day.

Needless to say my morning routine is still less than perfect.

Get tips from Jeff Finley on how to structure your mornings to maximize productivity for the day. Learn to maximize those early quiet hours in the morning before the daily frenzy begins.

Get Started Today

The beauty of online learning is that it allows you to take action immediately as it only takes minutes to sign up for a class.

Immerse yourself in unlimited skill building activities to launch that side project you have been pondering over.

Heed the advice from Napoleon Dynamite:

Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills! I don’t even have any good skills. You know like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills… 

While you won’t learn any nunchuck skills with Skillshare, you will have unlimited access to over 17,000 different classes to choose ranging from photography, to marketing, to writing and blogging, to design and technology. Share your final projects with the world and continue to improve and experiment with what you have learned.

As a loyal reader of Brain Rewired, you can get your first two months free. There are no commitments and you can cancel anytime.

Never stop learning. You will be surprised with what can be learned in your spare time with just minutes out of the day.

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