- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True (September 24, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683642635
- ISBN-13: 978-1683642633
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
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“START FINISHING lives up to its promise to help people get good work done…Clear and positive tones make it easy to follow along and learn how to act upon the book’s ideas right away for fast results. [Charlie Gilkey] has lots of energy and eschews hype, extremism, and prescriptive thinking in favor of strategies that are realistic, sustainable, and adaptable…“Good work” isn’t about completing a task; it’s about fulfilling a dream, making the world better, and becoming who we want to be.”
“Start Finishing is a game changer, a modern-day classic that will dramatically change your work. Buy two, one to write in and one to give to someone you care about.” ―Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Marketing
“Charlie Gilkey knows you have little trouble beginning new projects. But finishing them? That’s often another story. The good news is that Gilkey is here to help. His terrific book offers a 9-step program to turn those great ideas into finished products―and your dreams into realities.” ―Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and When
“Start Finishing is a heartfelt hug, bundled with a loving kick in the ass, a masterclass in getting unstuck, and a set of tools that finally . . . FINALLY . . . get you out of your own way and send you sprinting (and laughing) toward that thing, you know―that ONE BIG THING―that, until now, you’ve wanted so desperately, but never knew how to make your reality. Read it, do it, done!” ―Jonathan Fields, bestselling author of How to Live a Good Life and founder of the top-ranked podcast The Good Life Project
“Start Finishing is a brilliant handbook for professional excellence. Sure, it’s inspiring, but it goes way beyond the rah-rah to offer practical, doable, targeted strategies to actually accomplish what you may now think is impossible. Equal parts productivity guru, drill sergeant, and best pal, Charlie gives you exactly what you need to do your work with joy, with commitment, and, most of all, to completion.” ―Susan Piver, founder of the Open Heart Project
“Just like our houses, our work is filled with clutter that’s keeping us from what matters most. Start Finishing shows us how to pick the ideas and projects that we want to keep and work through seeing them to completion. If you’re ready to get over the clutter of busywork and do the work that’ll make you come alive, get this book and start finishing.” ―Joshua Becker, founder of Becoming Minimalist and author of The Minimalist Home
“Big dreams can feel overwhelming, but in this encouraging book, Charlie shows you how to get started, plan your projects, and just keep going. You don’t find the time, you make the time―and Charlie will show you how.” ―Laura Vanderkam, bestselling author of Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done and Juliet's School of Possibilities
“If you’re wondering what you should do with your life, Charlie has the answer: start finishing your best work. He goes deep into the real challenges that get in the way when you start making things that matter and teaches you proven, adaptable tools to close the gap between you and the person you want to be. Get this book and figure out your purpose, one finished project at a time.” ―Jeff Goins, bestselling author of Real Artists Don’t Starve
“My decades of helping people create their body of work and start businesses have repeatedly shown that the greatest threat to success is the lack of ability to get things done and out into the world. Charlie Gilkey is uniquely qualified to solve this problem, and Start Finishing will fundamentally change the creative and entrepreneurial landscapes. Read this book and reap the rewards for the rest of your life.” ―Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work
“Paths are made by walking, not waiting. In Start Finishing, Charlie Gilkey lifts us back up and walks us to the finish line of the important goals and ideas we’ve been sitting on. The result of this book is quite honestly a life filled with fewer distractions and a greater sense of daily fulfillment. It’s a must-read that we will undoubtedly be referencing and re-reading in the weeks and months ahead.” ―Marc and Angel Chernoff, New York Times bestselling authors of Getting Back to Happy
“Start Finishing offers a step-by-step process to help you get from concept to completed, no matter the project you’re trying to tackle. So many books show you how to get going on projects but few focus on how to get beyond the beginning, through the middle, and to the end result. Charlie Gilkey has written a book that does that―and does it in a way that’s tried, tested, and true. Start Finishing is a book that, once read from start to finish, will allow you finish anything time and time again.” ―Mike Vardy, productivity strategist and founder of TimeCrafting
About the Author
CHARLIE GILKEY is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a company that helps professional creatives, leaders, and changemakers take meaningful action on work that matters. He is internationally known as a thought leader on productivity, planning, strategy, and leadership for creative people. Charlie is the author of The Small Business Life Cycle, and is widely cited in outlets such as Inc., Time, Forbes, the Guardian, Lifehacker, and more. He’s also an Army veteran and near-PhD in philosophy.
For more, visit productiveflourishing.com.
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I *thought* I was already pretty good at finishing what I started. Then I read the chapter on building my project road map and realized my sense of what was possible was much smaller than I wanted it to be. I believed my social and work projects were already well integrated into other parts of my life. And then I learned both a new mindset and process to invite my family, community, and allies to contribute to what was most dear to me (and have them do better at some things I thought only I could do the right way).
I can't remember reading a book that so lovingly and firmly busts almost every excuse you have to stay paralyzed – practically propelling you forward by carving out a new self-identity as someone who finishes what they start. And, after reading the book, the cherry on top of your sundae is that the things you'll decide to start finishing are the ones that make you shine the most, inside and out.
I was excited to receive a galley of this book, so I dug right into it. Then, I stalled out at pg 52 for *over a month*. That's where Gilkey says "Look, if it takes you 5 years to accomplish anything really significant, minus your current age from 85, then divide by 5. That's how many significant projects you can accomplish."
Dear reader, this triggered a midlife crisis.
I'm 33, and have already notice that my rate of 'accomplishment' is slowing down. I'm used to achieving things every year or two. But now that I'm not just dabbling, now that I've found the place I want to be and I'm digging deep to accomplish it, things are slow going. Oh, they're satisfying. That's why I'm here. But it was one of those surreal photozooms in a weird movie that transports you all the way to the end of the road, and, suddenly, faced with that inevitability, I panicked. "That's it!? That's all I get?"
Luckily I have a lot of accomplished friends, so I shared the quote and my feelings about it. The younger ones were on my side. We were all in either the bargaining stage, or denial. 'Well, I'll just get really good at this, and do more" or "I don't believe it. Nothing is stopping me from doing more than one big project at at time."
(The thing is, I've followed Gilkey's work for at least a decade now. The man organized supplies and convoys in the military. He groks the constraints of complexity, throughput, and sequencing the way only a person with several hundred people's lives on the line can do. If he says five years of focused effort, give or take, is what it takes, I swallow my bile and agree.)
Interestingly, the older people I showed this to were very chill about it. Some of them weren't much older than me, but they said things like "Only 7 things? That seems very doable." For them, the hard limits made a well-defined scope and allowed them to relax into the challenge. And them doing so, gave me the template to do the same.
After that long dark night of the soul, I devoured the rest of the book. Gilkey straddles the line between the high-level vision that is necessary to motivate most people and balances it with piles of tactical advice to keep them from getting bogged down when the rubber meets the road.
I still need practice with switching planning "horizons" in order to correctly plot out my time. The cheat sheets he includes, showing how different words *imply* a particular timeline. His advice about deciding what projects and what *parts* of projects it's acceptable to have just 'mediocre success' was insanely helpful to me-- I might be a little Type A in that regard, but everything can't be equally important.
Probably the most challenging (but ultimately most effective) advice will be to recruit your "success pack." It's one thing to say "I'm going for this" to myself, but to others? The problem with Charlie Gilkey is that he's so **reasonable**. You know you have no good reason not to do these things, but you don't want to do them just because it would make you show up brighter than you think you're ready for.
Like most things, reading this book won't make you actually do anything if you aren't prepared to make changes. But Gilkey does a good job of presenting even the most challenging suggestions as reasonable and not-that-hard.
Anyway, five stars for making me actually think and maybe even grow as a person. But that's just me thrashing :)
I had the pleasure of getting an advance copy of Start Finishing and found that Charlie's book is exactly what so many creative people need. I'm a performer, writer, and digital marketer, and find that many of my fellow artists and creatives struggle with the organizational structure it takes to finish projects.
Whether its simple concepts like time blocking, or mindset shifts that show you can change your productivity by having compassion for your own creative quirks, Charlie shows that he has deep experience working with creative people of all stripes.
Start Finishing is a game-changer for Creative People. The productivity genre is filled with hacks, tricks, and half-baked strategies that oversimplify productivity, or turn productivity into an overly-complex organizational challenge that most people don't have the patience to learn. Start Finishing reflects a paradigm shift in thinking about productivity that is grounded in both real-world application and solid academic theory.
If you struggle with finishing things, read this book and implement what you can. Then read it again and implement a little more. It's not scary, and its full of useful insights from some of the top minds in the business world who share their insights into working within Charlie's Framework.
This book helped me look at my time differently, and interrogate the vague tasks on my to-do list with specific questions that clarified where they should go, and what I should do about them.
I can do more of the work that matters most to me, because of this book. Highly recommended for any creative.