Saturday, March 07, 2009

cult of done manifesto

This is a good list to visit if you're having trouble finishing things. Or getting started. Or watching too much Netflix when you should be finishing or starting things. This list was written by a hacker/builder/inventor (cult of done manifesto via boingboing), but it seems to apply to writing or pretty much anything that needs to get done.

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.
On #4 - I think it's equally liberating to accept that you don't know what you're doing, so do whatever and trust that you'll learn as you go.

On #12 - another ghost of done is talking about "this great idea you have!" Which is why I can't talk about what I'm working on until it's done.