Start Finishing Your Projects
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Start Finishing Your Projects

Boost Your Productivity, Effectiveness, and Creative Momentum by Finishing the Projects that Matter Most
4.5 (76 ratings)
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838 students enrolled
Created by Charlie Gilkey
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Articles
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Convert ideas into meaningful, realistic goals
  • Choose levels of success that motivate you
  • Pick people who'll fuel your project
  • Avoid or minimize the people who can block or derail your project
  • Sequence action steps in the right order to avoid mistakes and missteps
  • Leverage previous experience so that you don't repeat the same mistakes you've already paid for
  • Finish more projects, faster, and with less stress
  • Use the Start Finishing Action Guide for any project in the future
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  • You should have one idea you haven't been able to act upon or one project in process that has gotten stuck.
  • No previous training or experience with productivity, planning, and creativity is required. Previous training and experience will make the course easier for you, though.

Do you have an idea that you just haven't been able to figure out how to do anything with?

Or maybe you've started working on a project and it's gotten stuck — and you're having a hard time figuring out how to get it unstuck and done.

If so, Start Finishing Your Projects is for you. It'll help you get your unstarted or unfinished project done, as well as teach you how to set yourself up for success with any other project you kick off after taking the course.

If you've tried productivity systems that haven't worked for you, don't fret. Start Finishing Your Projects works because it focuses on creating doable project plans, not just on time management or goal-setting. It doesn't matter if you manage your time well or set good goals if you don't know what to do with the time or how to take actions on those goals.

Throughout the course, I'll guide you, step by step, on how to:

  1. Create project goals that'll help you stay focused
  2. Identify the reasons you may not finish your project — and the ones that'll help you do so
  3. Identify people who can help you finish your project
  4. List the specific actions you'll need to take, in what order, and when to get the project done

No more wondering what your next steps are. No more working the hard way, by yourself, and getting nowhere. No more getting stifled by your personal naysayers and wondering why no one appreciates what you're working on.

If you're ready to stop thinking about ideas and start finishing them, enroll in Start Finishing Your Projects today.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people whose personal and professional livelihood depends on their ability to convert ideas into finished projects. It's particularly relevant for creative knowledge workers of all stripes: writers, bloggers, designers, programmers, marketers, coaches, and entrepreneurs.
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
5 Lectures 19:56

In this lesson, you'll learn:

  1. How I got started teaching creative people how to finish their work
  2. More about how we'll work through this course
Preview 04:15

We'll be working through the Start Finishing Action Guide throughout this course. Download it and get set up to use it.

Download the Start Finishing Action Guide

Before we jump right into getting stuff done, let's pause to review why it's so important to finish your projects. It's deeper than you think.

Why Finishing is So Important

Learn why thrashing is a natural part of every project that matters.


A key to success in this course is having one real project that matters to you. This lesson guides you through picking the project you'll be working on throughout the course.

Pick Your Project
7 Lectures 21:43

In this section you will learn about the importance of goal-setting.


Exercises for Section 2

I will guide you to come up with a "fuzzy" goal to refine for the rest of this section. 

Begin With the End in Mind

I will discuss how every project exists in relationship to others and why it's important to determine why this one matters to you. 

Why Does This Project Matter to You?

I will discuss why it's important to consider who your project will impact. 

Why Does This Project Matter to Other People?

I will introduce the SMART framework and have you use it to hone your fuzzy goal from above. 

Is Your Goal SMART?

I will introduce the three levels of success and help you pick which level of success you're aiming for. 

Preview 06:33
Identifying Enablers and Blockers
6 Lectures 16:46
Exercises for Section 3

I will introduce you to this section, which is about identifying your enablers and blockers to finishing your project.


I will introduce "drag points" and help you identify what might keep you from being successful. 

What are the Drag Points That Might Get in the Way?

I will prompt you to think about who is involved in your project and help you identify who the project owner is. 

Who is Involved in This Project?

I will prompt you to consider who isn't directly working on the project but still might be able to support you with your project. 

Who Can Support You With This Project?

Consider and list the people who might be able to block or derail your project. 

Who Can Block or Derail This Project?
Identifying Resources, Assumptions, Key Decisions, and Fears
6 Lectures 20:44

In this section you will learn to identify your resources, assumptions, key decisions, and fears about your project.


Exercises for Section 4

Create a time and money budget for your project. 

Budget: How Much Time and Money Do You Have to Spend on This Project?

Consider the key assumptions you may not have made consciously while creating this project. 

What Are the Key Assumptions You Have About This Project?

List the key decisions you need to make at the outset of the project so you don't get stuck mid-project. 

What are the Key Decisions You Need to Make?

Consider what fears you have before committing to this project since it's fear that normally stalls projects. 

What Are You Afraid Of?
Identifying the Steps Needed to Complete Your Project
10 Lectures 34:36

In this section I will guide you through identifying all the steps needed to complete your project.


Exercises for Section 5

List all of the actions items required for you to complete the process using the two-step action item catching process. 

List All the Actions Items That Need to Be Done to Complete Your Project

Resources to Help You With Writing Your Action Items

Build a roadmap for your first round of project sequencing.

Build Your Rough Roadmap

Consider which aspects of your project can be removed to make it better. 

Simplify Your Project

Consider what could be added to your project to make it better. 

Amplify Your Project

Consider what you've done historically that helps you or hinders you in completing projects. 

Leverage Your Experience

Consider what you'll do after you complete your project before you start the project. 

Plan Your Celebration

Recreate your roadmap while incorporating the elements you learned in this section. 

Recreate Your Roadmap
Make the Plan Work For You
5 Lectures 13:16

In this section I will talk about how you can make your plan work for you.


Exercises for Section 6

I will illuminate for you why it's important to share the plan once you've created it. 

Share It

Post It

Pick a start date and a finish date for your project. 

Start Finishing
2 Lectures 01:46

I will answer the following questions about your project:

  • What do I do now that I have this skill?
  • What are my next steps?
  • What other resources can I seek out?
What's Next?

More Resources to Help You Start Finishing
About the Instructor
Charlie Gilkey
4.5 Average rating
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838 Students
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Author, Teacher, and Speaker

Charlie Gilkey shows leaders, creatives, and changemakers how to start finishing the stuff that matters. He's the author of the best-selling Small Business Life Cycle, the host of the podcast The Creative Giant Show, and the creator of the website Productive Flourishing. The planners, tools, and aids he's created on Productive Flourishing have been downloaded well over 1 million times.

His work has been featured and covered in places like TIME, Forbes, Inc, Entreprenuer, and the Washington Post.