Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done (Engelska) Inbunden – 24 September 2019
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- Utgivare : Sounds True Inc (24 September 2019)
- Språk : Engelska
- Inbunden : 224 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 1683642635
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683642633
- Rangordning för bästsäljare: #15,225 i Böcker (Visa Topp 100 i Böcker)
"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."
"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
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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 *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.
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.
Granskad i USA den 24 september 2019
A few things really set it apart from other books and approaches I've tried in the past:
1. Charlie's explanation of DISPLACEMENT really struck me: Everything that we do takes time and attention from something else that we could be doing. When I took an honest look at the projects that are important to me, I realized that my natural tendency is to do a lot of little "easy" tasks to get the feeling of accomplishment... while the big stuff just waits on the back burner. Consciously deciding how to spend my "working" time was a big takeaway from this book.
2. The sections explaining the Project Pyramid and "block" concepts were full of great examples and prompts for breaking my projects down into reasonable chunks, and scheduling them across reasonable timeframes. For me, it was helpful to see the FULL scope of work for one of my big projects (starting a new blog), so that I could stop kidding myself about how long it really takes to plan and complete a big project like this. My enthusiasm for the project went way up when I started using these tools to set up a realistic, workable plan!
3. The final section on building daily momentum is just full of tools for dealing with the inevitable setbacks and roadblocks that come along with any meaningful work. Charlie provides solid examples and questions to nudge me into anticipating and dealing with these distractions and detours -- it's so helpful to have clear and concrete ideas for getting my focus back.
One last thing -- he has a bunch of related planners and resources on his website that work perfectly with this book... check it out! I've been using the planners for a year, which is how I heard about the book. (ProductiveFlourishing.com)