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Publisher's Summary

Is your life a series of unfinished tasks and intentions? That stops now. Finish What You Start is a unique deep dive into the psychology and science of accomplishment, productivity, and getting things done. It discusses 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.

Following through and finishing what you started are valuable instructions you need more than you realize. It is combination of traits that enables you to create the life you want without having to compromise or wait. The alternative is a status quo that you’re stuck in.

This guide includes practical tactics to grow your willpower, stop procrastination, focus like a laser, and achieve whatever you set your mind to. Above all else, this is a guide to better understanding your brain and instincts for optimal results. 

It discusses how to:

Channel massive productivity and mental toughness

Resist distractions, de-motivation, temptations, laziness, and excuses: 

  • The surprising motivations that push us past obstacles
  • How daily rules and a manifesto can help you achieve
  • Valuable and insightful mindsets to view productivity from entirely new lights  

Seize self-control and finally accomplish your big and small goals

  • The science and tactics to beating procrastination easily
  • Focus and willpower pitfalls you are probably committing at this very moment
  • How to beat distractions, remain focused, stay on task, and get to what matters consistently   

Transform your life through productive habits and avoiding mental traps

Peter Hollins has studied psychology and peak human performance for over 12 years and is a best-selling author. He has worked with dozens of individuals to unlock their potential and path towards success. His work draws on his academic, coaching, and research experience.     

©2018 Peter Hollins (P)2018 Peter Hollins

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Monotonous narrative

The narrative feels like it is from text to speech software,. it is monotonous and fails to grasp any attention. the book itself is like author is throwing facts from other books the advice is very generic in nature.

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First book that I finished in one week

I like some of concept that shown in book, will definitely try some of them, best wishes for future upcoming books

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must for beginners (in any field)

I really like mentioning take aways at end of each chapter. Narration could have been better if it is not automated.

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Very Simply Explained

A very well written book. Has many actionable points in each chapter. Chapters four and five are very appealing and compelling. There were some repetitions though. I feel that the book could have been 20% shorter. Overall, I related to and enjoyed listening. Repeated several chapters.

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worth reading

really a good book.
sincere effort by the author covering a lot of practical aspects

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Good book

Very good book for self enhancement, motivated and focused on one's work with consistent approach.

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Great book

It will polish your knowledge and make you successful by helping you achieve your goals.

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Practical tips seem quite useful

Liked the way the solutions are put forward to our procrastination issues and how to do things without delaying.

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Succinct and straight

Lovely way of putting things straight without beating around the bush. Good book to listen to - especially keeping the 3-4 hrs listening time.

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excellent book 👌

very good practical path to make you finish things! very good flow , summary and narration !

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  • missdawes
  • 20-10-18

There's a lot of good sense in this book

This is a short book of just under 3 hours - but it doesn't carry any dead weight. The book is very much focused on providing ideas and suggestions and practical tips for finishing what you start. If you pulled all of the ideas out, they'd probably amount to about 30 practical suggestions. I've implemented a couple of them. I've felt that my laziness/inertia is intractable - but in fact it's not. It's just a series of poor habits and ignorance about how I work, and what works for me. This book goes a long way to helping you get to know yourself, and identifying what (from the selection offered) can move you forward in achieving your goals and objectives. I listened to the book 3 times, and each time I heard something new.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-18

Good book

great book. really impressed. I recommend it anytime. Please read and take action. God bless

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  • Jackson K Millsaps
  • 31-12-19

Cool AI narration

I liked the monotone bot narration. It's not distracting the way humans are. The content was a concise explanation of of most of the effective success mechanisms found in books in this genre. Plus the author was kind enough to spare us from personal anecdotes.

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  • Da'lo
  • 19-06-18

incredible yet simple lesons

The lessons were straightforward and concise. Allowing the listener to grasp the discipline of an executive.

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  • Marcus Chacos
  • 18-06-18

Productivity 101

Meh, more of a primer course for people with poorly developed organisational skills or understanding of what it takes to be productive.

If you're just starting out on a quest to find out why you struggle to get anywhere, this is a good place to start. If you want a deep dive, this is not the answer.

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  • JoAn Westby
  • 21-09-18

Exactly what I needed after wasted hours and effort trying to learn how to manifest

This is a roadmap for success and happiness and if I only use half of it I will still have profited greatly and I feel once again in control. Thank you for writing this,

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  • Dale
  • 01-10-18

Tough to Finish Ironically

I liked a lot of the tactics in the book, however the narrator was simply painful to listen to. It sounded almost like a computer reading it back to me.

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  • WildKat
  • 05-01-20

The Procrastinator

Great book, short and to the point. Excellent tips for someone like myself who takes on more than I can handle therefore I procrastinate because I am so overwhelmed. I look forward to listening to your next book 👍

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  • Murali Kadiyala
  • 16-06-18

Great book/audible.

Covers essential aspects: how people fail and succeed. How people can recovery after initial
failures if they know about themselves and their projects better, etc.

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  • Rajiv
  • 30-12-19

This Book Seems Systematic and Listenable Weekly.

Ideas such as temptation-bundling, setting goals based on personal history while not having excessively high or low expectations, missions being worthwhile, and discomfort needing to be tolerated sound helpful.

However, the 70/40 rule looks like it's based on arbitrary thinking. Colin Powell may have had a valid point about having between 40-70% of the info before a decision must be made, except how do you know what equals 70% and 40% when the information total may not be quantifiable?

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  • Roma
  • 02-03-20

Couldn't finish the book

Ironically enough (though not to much of my surprise). But maybe it's just me.

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  • ozan
  • 15-04-21

Fantastic book, highly recommended!

Very helpful, a complete landscape of reasons and pitfalls and techniques and systems to navigate them and follow tasks through to completion.
Simple to understand and implement, I found its really helped me to map out a route to a habit of finishing!

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  • dr doomvanski
  • 23-11-20

Good book but......... read like a robot

I think this is a great book but the reading is so robot very nursery with spaces.

Good book but ditch the robot voice

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  • Sonscope
  • 06-09-20

Ruined by Robotic & Lifeless Narration

The first Peter Hollins book I bought was narrated by the author. Peter is a great narrator and should in all cases be narrating his own books. This one however has been spoiled by the robotic and lifeless reading of the voiceover actor. I think that Peter's book content is generally quite good, but this one needs to be redone by the author in my view. The only redeeming highlight was the fact that the author himself did make an appearance near the end, to sum up the book's main points.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-18

Basically a guy reading dictionary definitions.

This book was utterly aweful. Not only was it just regurgitated content but it read like a high school students take on discipline if he was just trying to get through the class.

It consists of the author saying a key word like "self discipline". Then reading what may as well be a dictionary definition of the word.. then he may list some more connected definitions before reciting the worst attempt at a story to demonstrate the concept.

Literally Sally wanted to start a buisness but she didnt work hard. working hard is defined as hard work. hard is toughness. its helpful to be tough. being tough could have led sally to success but she wasnt tough so she didnt have success. Success is defined as a lack of toughness leading to failure. Some of the key causes of failure are -lack of toughness, not working hard.... and so on for hours straight.

Absolute trash.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-21

A must read

This book has invaluable content. It provides quick ways of changing current behaviours to improve productivity and get things done. highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-19

Very practical book!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is full of practical advice on how to meet your goals, including how to define them! I recommend everyone reads Finish What You Start to improve your business, working experience or study.