Keep Going: Book Review
Keep Going is yet another brilliant and creativity-enhancing book by Austin Kleon. His other book that I read, “Show Your Work,” guides the reader in constructing a better relationship with the author. In Keep Going, it was about building a beautiful relationship with oneself.
In his new book, the author has provided many creativity-stimulating actions to include in our daily schedule and become more productive and efficient creators.
His guidance of having a routine and a planner to having a better hold of the day is a great lesson, providing some fantastic advantages, as the author points out.
When I read the first few pages, I really felt that the author was talking about my concerns personally. He talks about many problems that the people in the creative space have to combat, and I have faced many of them.
And after reading the book, I think many problems can reduce if not omitted.
Being in a creative space is an evergreen process of learning and improving, and with it comes many problems. But this book can provide guides to many of them.
One of his best suggestions in Keep Going is having a Bliss station.
I think many of us could find a great advantage if we find a space with quietness, away from any disturbances, where we could provide our best output.
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You will also find some of the do’s and don’ts in this book on various topics which can prevent you from falling into unwanted problems. Adding such a section is a great thing as I feel, we can learn very much from his experiences and make better decisions.
Without giving away too much about this book, I urge you to follow through this article to know more about the bits and pieces of this book and hopefully read it for yourself and share it with others.
Keep Going: Book Summary in 3 sentences
- Keep Going by Austin Kleon is a creativity boosting guide with various suggestions that can be used to keep showing our best work.
- Proper utilisation of the time is the key, as mentioned in the book. One who can use his or her time more efficiently and provides most values wins in the long game.
- You must learn to rest. Rest is not a privilege but a necessity.
Who Should Read It?
This is a wonderful book for individuals in the creative field who have to think on their toes. Those whose work lies around acting, writing, designing can learn very much from this book. Keep Going can provide wonderful ideas on how to deliver your best work for the long.
Top 3 Quotes: Keep Going
- “Relying on craft and routine is a lot less sexy than being an artistic genius. But it is an excellent strategy for not going insane.” —Christoph Niemann”
- “Yesterday’s over, tomorrow may never come, there’s just today and what you can do with it.”
- “if you read old books, you get to add all the years the author lived onto your own life.”
I’ve compiled notes on some of the key topics in the book which can give you a better overview of the content you’re going to find in Keep Going.
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Keep Going Notes
1. Everyday is a groundhog day:
- Begin each day with a fresh perspective. When we keep in mind about only the present day and we try to live it to the best of our ability, we create a life worth living for.
- Do not add up the pressure of tomorrow and bring up the failure’s of the past. Do your best TODAY.
- Establish a daily routine: Routine helps you get going even in your bad days. It helps you find time for things. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is net for catching days. When you don’t know what to do next, your routine tells you.
- Make Lists: List the things you want to do that day and depending upon the priority level arrange them
2. Build A Bliss Station:
- A place of solitude can help your juices flow. You can think much better when you are in silence and low disturbance means you can get more done.
- Learn How To Say NO: Learn to prioritise your work. Do not get diverted into unimportant activities.
3. Forget The Noun, Do the Verb:
- Do not be consumed by your title, instead spend time to do what your title actually says. People get lost with what their title says, they forget to do those things that gave them the title in first place.
- Be invested into the act. Find things that interests you and forget about the world.
4. Make Gifts:
- Develop hobbies and try not to transform it into a side hustle.
- Hobbies are meant to relax and soothe you but the economic conditions of today has changed that mentality and made us more money driven.
- This sometimes backfires, the thing you would do as a hobby now need to be done effectively, better managed and other things that does the opposite for what it meant earlier.
5. The Ordinary+ Extra Attention= The Extra Ordinary:
- Look around yourself and pay attention to things you otherwise would ignore. Pay extra attention to small details and find how you can relate it with your art.
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6. You Are Allowed To Change Your Mind:
- You need not go ahead with what you initially planned. Many a times your are not sure about the outcome until you try and fail.
- Develop the habit of looking your work form the outside perspective to avoid any biasness.
- Like hearted Vs. Like Minded: Perfer like-hearted people over like-minded as you will be offered with better perspective. You will able to avoid the “Yes Sir” people which can reduce your creativity.
8. Plant your Gardens:
- Creativity has seasons: You cannot perform your best everyday for long stretch without a period of rest or recovery.
- Find out about your own creativity cycle and work accordingly. Be patient during the resting phase to perform best in your creative phase.