13 Maxims on Creatively Getting Things Done

Creative people of the world: how do you kill procrastination, boost that creative edge and most importantly get things done? Enter the Cult of Done Manifesto. This oldie but goodie was written in a blazingly fast 20 minutes by tech guru Bre Pettis of Makerbot along with Kio Stark, “because we only had 20 minutes to get it done.” The manifesto contains 13 brilliant maxims and has spawned two excellent posters. Following these directives, you could revolutionize your next vector drawing, Roomba hack or song writing project… and get it done stat!

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.

A gorgeous Rubix Cube inspired poster created by James Provost

A typographical manifesto poster, created by Joshua Rothaas

Via: brainpickings.org where you can find 4 more excellent manifestos for the creative life.

Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. willsays:

    Awesome! Inspiring! Thanks!

  2. #5 is the rule to live by

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