Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Cult of Done Manifesto

From here:

The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.
I have a lot of projects that I am constantly thinking about or working on. But I sometimes get stuck because I don't have the right part, or the right tool or the right materials. I need to stop procrastinating on these things. The list above is a good set of guidelines. Although I disagree with abandoning a project if you haven't started on a project in a week.


Anonymous said...

Is there an On/Off/Evil/Good dial located somewhere on your person that Rosanna uses to make your brain stop?

Anonymous said...

I want more. Please don't say you are done.

Sir Constantine

Ed Dale said...

I love 4. Stop waiting until you know how to do it, just do it!

That, right there, is my biggest problem. I have been having trouble getting off top dead center on my various projects because I am afraid I cannot do it. I need to just start doing things.

This may result in a dead 911 in my garage, but so be it. This may result in a flooded basement due to poor plumbing. So be it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I have to concur with Ed.

Just in the past few months, I have started school again, hired a personal trainer so I can overcome my intimidation by those mysterious machines at the gym, and started guitar lessons.

These are all things I have wanted to try, but never got around to it, for whatever bad reason.

The starting is always the hardest part. It's the inertia and desire to edit/strive for perfection that stops me.

Anonymous said...

I'm always willing to try something, even if I don't know quite what I'm doing. Sometimes the result is wonderful, sometimes it is painful, occasionally it is dangerous, but always it is educational.

Done is a temporal illusion. Doing is the goal. Even seemingly completed projects are, when viewed in perspective, in flux.