300: Charlie Gilkey on Getting Things Done


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Charlie Gilkey is the author of Start Finishing: How To Go From Idea To Done. An Army veteran and near Ph.D. in philosophy, Charlie is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a company that helps professional creatives, leaders, and change-makers take meaningful action on work matters. He’s widely cited in outlets such as Inc. Magazine, Time, Forbes, The Guardian, Life Hacker and more and his work will help you discover the path from the ideas in your head to the actions you take in your daily life and the way you live out your values – and most importantly how to go about getting things done.

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In This Interview, Charlie Gilkey and I Discuss Getting Things Done and …

  • His book, Start Finishing: How To Go From Idea To Done
  • How kindness towards others often brings out the best in everyone
  • The Tao Te Ching
  • Focusing on your input and letting go of the results
  • Why finishing is so important
  • That we only get mastery from finishing things, not halfway doing them
  • We don’t just improve by thinking about things, we improve by doing them
  • Creative constipation breeds toxicity
  • We’re either creating something or destroying something
  • We don’t do ideas, we do projects
  • How it feels good to think about our ideas
  • How doing our best work is often really hard
  • The myth: if it’s meant to be for us, it’s supposed to be easy
  • That when you start something you’re not as good at it as you want to be and it takes time to and effort to get better
  • The myth that if it doesn’t come easy for you, you shouldn’t do it
  • Doing something until you’re good enough at it to decide whether or not you want to continue doing it
  • The 5 things that get in the way of doing our best work
  • Head Trash: Doesn’t matter if a thought is true or not – it matters if we believe it or not
  • The problem with automatically believing our thoughts
  • How discipline limits decision fatigue
  • Action expresses priority
  • Being sick isn’t a character defect – how you respond to it matters
  • That big life changes take life force and energy in order for us to respond to and deal with them and that’s life force that we can’t put towards other things – and that’s ok

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