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How to Finish Everything You Start: 7 key lessons for success in 2024

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Here are 7 important lessons from Dr Jan Yager’s book “How to Finish Everything You Start”

Key introduction

This practical business book by an internationally acclaimed time management expert helps listeners understand why they’re not finishing projects and what to do about it, including using Dr. Yager’s unique F-I-N-I-S-H technique.

It also goes beyond a “do this, not that” approach to help you develop a deeper insight into what you should be committing to in the first place! 

The book is divided into three parts.

Part 1, “Causes”, begins with a provocative chapter entitled “The Epidemic of Unfinished Everything and Its Consequences.” Chapter 2 explores 21 behaviors, beliefs, and bad habits that might be at the root of not finishing.

The remaining chapters in this part explore specific causes of unfinished tasks including “Having Too Much to Do at Once”, “Dealing with Procrastination”, and “Having an Unrealistic or No Deadline”.

Part 2, “Cures,” probes such remedies as “Using F-I-N-I-S-H”, “To-Do Lists That Work”, “Learning to Say No”, and more. 

Part 3, “Additional Thoughts and a Conclusion”, includes a chapter entitled “The Exception That Proves the Rule: When Failing to Finish is a Good Thing” as well as the chapter “Summing Up”, with pivotal examples and information to help you finish everything you start. 

Here are the 7 key lessons

1. Set clear and achievable goals: Before starting a task or project, it’s important to define what you want to accomplish. Setting specific, realistic, and measurable goals will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the process.

2. Break down tasks into manageable steps: Large or overwhelming tasks often lead to procrastination. To solve this problem, break your project into smaller, more manageable steps. This way you can take things one step at a time, make progress, and build momentum.

3. Prioritize and manage your time effectively: Time management is very important to complete tasks. Learn how to prioritize your responsibilities, identify your most productive times, and create schedules and to-do lists that meet your needs. Managing your time wisely will help you make steady progress.

4. Stay committed and disciplined: Having discipline is essential to finishing what you start. Avoid the temptation to get distracted or give up when faced with difficulties. Stay true to your goals and remember why you started in the first place.

5. Adopt a growth mindset: Cultivate a positive mindset that promotes growth and learning. Understand that setbacks and failures are part of the process, and see them as opportunities for growth rather than obstacles. Adopting a growth mindset makes you more resilient and determined to see things through to the end.

6. Seek support and accountability: Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family, and mentors for support and accountability. Sharing your goals and progress with others provides encouragement, motivation, and a sense of ownership to see them through.

7. Celebrate your successes: Recognize and celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem. Recognizing your progress increases your confidence and motivates you to keep moving forward.

The skill of finishing what you start can be developed over time. By practicing these lessons and staying true to your goals, you increase your chances of successfully completing your tasks and projects.


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