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7 bite-sized classes for your lunch break

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Online courses take hours, even weeks. If you're anything like me, you'll push back doing this week's lesson as much as possible, and somewhere down the line, lose interest completely. So if you're easily bored or just can't seem to find the time for a month-long course, try these 7 bite-size classes—right before bedtime or even during lunch break.

1. MS Excel—From 0 to working professional in 1 hour, Udemy

This is a great quick-start guide for anyone looking to check Excel proficiency off their resume or just refresh their skills. It is a bit fast-paced to so if you're tired of long YouTube tutorials, this course was made for you.

Length: 43 minutes

2. Introduction to time management, ALISON

Overwhelmed by distractions and interruptions? Can't meet deadlines? Time management doesn't come naturally to most of us. This course looks at the benefits of being

organised, how to prioritise, how to get in the right state of mind, and the techniques of being organised. So whether you want to be more productive or just want some more time to yourself at the end of the day, check out this course.

Length: 1-2 hours

3. 7 scientifically proven steps to increase your influence, Udemy

The instructor claims to have based all her lessons on research out of academic institutions and peer-reviewed journals. So although this course teaches you nothing about brainwashing your co-workers into doing your work for you, if you're really struggling with making an impression in the workplace or personal life, this tongue-in-cheek albeit science-based approach is here to help.

Length: 1.5 hours

4. Create a perfect morning routine, Skillshare

I don't know about you, but I don't remember the last time I didn't sleep till the last possible minute. If you're not getting enough sleep or mindlessly checking social media and not being productive, this course is here to change that. Learn tricks to wake up early, what an ideal morning looks like, and good habits you should pick up to re-energise your life.

Length: 34 minutes

5. Storytelling basics: How creatives and brands can build a following, Skillshare

With more and more people working on personal projects, this course is super relevant for the budding inventor, entrepreneur, artist, and just about anybody eager to launch their idea. Taught by Kickstarter's Director of Community Education, learn how to identify your goals and your audience, write key messages, build relationships, and make your own communication plan.

Length: 36 minutes

6. Fundamental of Google Docs, ALISON

If you're not using Google Docs or already, or

don't quite know the full extent of the suite, this is your opportunity to pick up some very cool new skills. So if you need a refresher before that big presentation or that new job, give it a go.

Length: 1 hour

7. Happiness psychology, Udemy

Research in psychology and neuroscience has uncovered dependable strategies to be happier. This course keeps things simple by highlighting five simple things you can do in your daily life to increase your happiness and well-being. Which person in their right mind wouldn’t check it out?

Length: 39 minutes

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Amiya Halder works as In-Charge for Daily Star's weekly career supplement Next Step. She has the daunting task of turning dull, sleep inducing articles into interesting content. She often steps in to create info-graphs which happens to be one of her specialties. Amiya has a recurring worry that her arms are too short for taking selfies, rather like the Tyrannosaurs Rex. This IBA student refuses to let her poor selfie taking skills hamper her team building activities. Most of that involves accepting LAN games of NFS and beating the guys most of the times at races. It's called team building exercise and she practices what she edits.

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