Are you familiar with the Done Manifesto? Essentially it lays out 13 rules for getting things done, or getting to the point of “done.” Most importantly it emphasizes progress over nearly everything else. You must continue moving, you must continue to create momentum, you must continue to move forward.
Here are the 13 foundational rules of the Done Manifesto:
- There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
- Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
- There is no editing stage.
- 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.
- Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
- The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
- Once you’re done you can throw it away.
- Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
- People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
- Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
- Destruction is a variant of done.
- If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
- Done is the engine of more.
One of my favorites is #8 and #10. I love these because they help the creative and those that struggle with tons of ideas to continue to move forward into action. Said another way by Cliff Kuang:
The idea of creating prototypes as soon as you can, and failing as fast as possible so you can evolve your way to something great. It isn’t to say that you have to make these failures public. But the failures have to be made and not just thought about. Get it done.
I think a lot of us could take even a few of these and adopt them personally to get your ideas into motion, especially you creative-types.
Just because we’re near the end of the calendar year doesn’t mean you must give yourself some time “off” – go get it done people!