Start Finishing

How to Go from Idea to Done
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Too often we look back at the end of the week and are frustrated that we didn’t make progress on our soul-deep dreams and goals that seem to remain eternally out of reach. Start Finishing presents a nine-step method for success—including identifying your genius, building a success pack of supporters, navigating multiple projects, and overcoming the challenges that come with doing work that matters. Features contributions from Seth Godin, Susan Piver, Jonathan Fields, James Clear, and more.

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Awards for Start Finishing

  • Publishers Weekly Fall 2019 Top 10 Business and Economics Books
  • Book Authority Best New Book in (the categories of) Time Management, Success, Productivity, and Goal Setting
  • Kirkus Reviews Top Indie Book
  • Montaigne Medal Finalist
  • Independent Publisher Book Award 2020: Silver Award for Business/Careers/Sales
  • Eric Hoffer Book Award 2020: Grand Prize

Productivity Meets Purpose—Discover a Powerful Nine-Step Method to Start Finishing the Work That Matters Most 

How much of your time and attention lately has been focused on things that truly matter to you?

Most people's honest answer is: not enough.

Everyone is buried by busywork, responsibility, distraction, and fatigue.

The joy-producing, difference-making ideas are waiting for when the time is right, when the current project is over, when they have a little more money, when the kids are grown, or when they get a more understanding boss. They are waiting for someday.

The trouble is someday never comes on its own.

Start Finishing presents a nine-step method for converting an idea into a project by addressing the challenges you'll face and getting the project on a reality-based schedule.

This critically acclaimed book will teach you how to:

  • Practice the five keys that lead to self-mastery
  • Build your success pack of supporters, guides, peers, and beneficiaries
  • Keep working through the thrashing that comes with any project that matters to you
  • Chunk, link, and sequence your ideas down to doable parts
  • Use the Five Project Rule to prioritize your daily schedule and be at peace with the work you choose not to do
  • Fly through drag points—how to deal with head trash, no-win scenarios, and other people’s priorities
  • Heatmap your schedule so you do the right work at the right time
  • Overcome cascades, logjams, and tarpits—the three ways projects routinely get stuck
  • Finish strong—celebrate, review, and ride the momentum to your next goal
You are not incapable, wired to struggle, or fated to be unable to get your act together. With a few key steps, you can change the way you show up, how you plan, and how you respond when things get tough.

You can Start Finishing the work that matters most to you.
Includes original contributions from Seth Godin, Susan Piver, Jonathan Fields, James Clear, and many other teachers.
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Hardcover Book Paperback Book eBook
Contents Hardcover Book (272 pages) Paperback Book (272 pages) eBook (272 pages)
Dimensions 7 1/2 x 9 Inches 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK05638 BK06312 BK05638W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-263-3 978-1-68364-863-5 978-1-68364-324-1
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Charlie Gilkey

About Charlie Gilkey

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