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The Done Manifesto Lays Out 13 Rules For Getting Things Done

Sometimes (or maybe all too often), you have to churn out work — good, creative work done with tight deadlines. The Done Manifesto is a set of working rules based on a sense of urgency. No time for careful deliberation, move on.

Illustrated here by James Provost with Rubik’s Cube graphics, the Cult of Done Manifesto emphasises progress above all, with maxims like “6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done” and “8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.”

Here’s the full set of rules to get you moving and the illustration.

There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.

  1. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  2. There is no editing stage.
  3. 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.
  4. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  5. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  6. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  7. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  8. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  9. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  10. Destruction is a variant of done.
  11. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  12. Done is the engine of more.

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Could you subscribe to this manifesto to get your work done? Sound off in the comments.

The Cult of Done Manifesto [Bre Pettis via Fast Company]