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Title: Start Finishing: How to go from Idea to Done

Author: Charlie Gilkey

Publication Date: 24 September 2019

Publisher: Sounds True

Genre: Personal Development, Self-Help, Non-Fiction, Business & Investing

Charlie Gilkey’s Start Finishing got me thinking about all the projects that I had left to fall by the wayside and what happens if I started to finish them. He states that life is a series of projects and we have to be prepared to tackle systematically depending on the various seasons of life because let’s be honest the things that excited us at 16 may not be the same as at 35. Some projects/priorities may also be imposed on us by family and society and may not be relevant. Gilkey provides readers with a number of tools to help them clarify the top projects that they can be able to accomplish within their given timescales.

As a former US Army veteran and philosophy candidate, his experiences colour his work both on his blog Productive Flourishing and anecdotes in this book. He provides a refreshing outlook on some long-held concepts. For instance, instead of the traditional SMART framework (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound), he puts a spin on it and suggested Simple, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Trackable ( this makes more sense since not all projects can come to an end, like running a website. He also uses simple everyday analogies e.g pressure-cooker creativity vs crock pot creativity to explain how to produce one’s best work with different time constraints.

Start Finishing is indeed an easy book to get through. Nonetheless, readers should approach it with the willingness to do the inner work of identifying blocks and get their hands dirty by doing the work.


Editor’s Note: I received this book as a Netgalley ARC in exchange for an honest review

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