Books

Book Review: Finish What You Start by Peter Hollins

Are you the type of person who has a ton of ideas and rarely follows through on them?

Do you have a whole heap of unfinished projects lying around – in your house and garage that you simply never get to?

Are you the type of person who has a dozen half finished manuscripts on your laptop and even more online courses you bought but have never finished, or worse, even started?

Following through and finishing what you start are some of the most valuable skills you can have. They are a combination of traits that enable you to create the life you want – without having to compromise or wait.

Well it’s time for that to stop and for you to …

Finish What You Start: The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline.

In his excellent, practical and easily digestible book, Finish What You Start, Peter Hollins take us on a unique deep dive into the psychology and science of accomplishment, productivity, and getting things done.

In an amusing and glaringly obvious set of scenarios and examples, he takes a thorough look at why we are sometimes stuck, and gives detailed, step by step solutions you can start using today.

Every phase of finishing and following through is covered, and even productivity pros will be able to learn something new. I listened to the entire thing, while out for one long run. The only bummer was I couldn’t take notes as I went!

In my book review I focus in on:

  • Four surprising motivations that push us past obstacles.
  • How daily rules and a manifesto can help you achieve more.
  • Tactics to beating procrastination easily
  • How to dial up your internal motivation
  • How to beat distraction and stay focused on the task at hand!

Watch my full review here.

Book Review: “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

If your mind bounces around all day like an energizer bunny, and you rarely feel you’re accomplishing anything on your to-do list, let alone moving forward on a significant piece of work, it’s time you learned how to go deep.

So what is deep work? Deep work is the ability to focus without distractions on a cognitively demanding task.

In other words, it’s the lost art of losing yourself in work that matters, and not getting distracted by your phone notifications, social media or multiple browser tabs. It’s about training the brain to embrace ONE thing at a time.

It’s brilliantly laid out in Cal Newport’s excellent book: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World a book about the science of productivity.

The book is split into two parts. The first explains what deep work is and different ways to do it. The second part shows us how to actually do it and make deep work a regular practice in our lives, so you can put it right into action.

Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University who studies the theory of distributed systems, the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, and owner of his well-known Study Hacks blog.

This is definitely one of my favorite books this year and I’d recommend it for anyone who wants to work smarter and avoid distractions.

In his book he shares four ways to help us maximize productivity and rules to deploy more deep work in our lives. Watch my video for my full review and to learn these four methods.