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:
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.
In this lesson, you'll learn:
We'll be working through the Start Finishing Action Guide throughout this course. Download it and get set up to use it.
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.
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.
In this section you will learn about the importance of goal-setting.
I will guide you to come up with a "fuzzy" goal to refine for the rest of this section.
I will discuss how every project exists in relationship to others and why it's important to determine why this one matters to you.
I will discuss why it's important to consider who your project will impact.
I will introduce the SMART framework and have you use it to hone your fuzzy goal from above.
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.
I will prompt you to think about who is involved in your project and help you identify who the project owner is.
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.
Consider and list the people who might be able to block or derail your project.
In this section you will learn to identify your resources, assumptions, key decisions, and fears about your project.
Create a time and money budget for your project.
Consider the key assumptions you may not have made consciously while creating this project.
List the key decisions you need to make at the outset of the project so you don't get stuck mid-project.
Consider what fears you have before committing to this project since it's fear that normally stalls projects.
In this section I will guide you through identifying all the steps needed to complete your project.
List all of the actions items required for you to complete the process using the two-step action item catching process.
Build a roadmap for your first round of project sequencing.
Consider which aspects of your project can be removed to make it better.
Consider what could be added to your project to make it better.
Consider what you've done historically that helps you or hinders you in completing projects.
Consider what you'll do after you complete your project before you start the project.
Recreate your roadmap while incorporating the elements you learned in this section.
In this section I will talk about how you can make your plan work for you.
I will illuminate for you why it's important to share the plan once you've created it.
Pick a start date and a finish date for your project.
I will answer the following questions about your project:
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.