The Cult of Done

Developers Bre Pettis and Kio Stark have rocketed to Web fame recently with their "Cult of Done" manifesto: 13 rules for fast building, learning, finishing, and getting onto the next do. The manifesto, as author and work-life pundit Daniel Pink remarked, "has been flying around the productivity geek crowd on the web". (yes, there is such a crowd: see also, read Getting Things Done ( WorldCat, Amazon). Below is the manifesto, but do check out also the very cool poster accompanying it.
  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.

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