The Cult of Done Manifesto

Great works are sprawling around the city. We tend to ask—what makes an artist perfect when no one is really perfect? And how they get things done? As an...

Great works are sprawling around the city. We tend to ask—what makes an artist perfect when no one is really perfect? And how they get things done? As an artist who wants to get things done under tight deadlines, our motivation is the remaining time to reach finish line, isn’t it? And if you’re worrying whether it’s perfect or not, remember the four words mentioned by Jake Parker. It’s finished, not perfect!

More than that, we have the so-called The Cult of Done Manifesto by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark that illustrates a set of working rules based on a sense of urgency. Illustrated by James Provost with Rubik’s Cube graphics, the Cult of Done Manifesto emphasizes progress above all. It is an artist guide on getting things done without overthinking. Everything is just right, finished, and at the same time, not perfect.

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  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.

We hate procrastination! Share us your thoughts on this manifesto.

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Dibs Leaño is a professional writer, journalist, and managing editor of Doodle Arts. While not working as content manager, she prefers to play computer games, feed her cats, vandalize restroom walls, draw doodles for special occasions, whine for more and plan for world domination. Follow her on Instagram, @dibsidoodles.

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